Singles, self-samples and Instagram: here’s what happened with Kanye West in the past 24 hours

For the past few months, Kanye West has grabbed so many headlines that you’d think his knuckles would be getting sore. 

Ever since his ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt stunt in October, Kanye West has been consistently embroiled in very public controversies. These include, but are not limited to: the release of a pornographic documentary, a request for a $1 billion trademark, the sharing of explicit photos of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, the freezing of his accounts by the IRS, and an InfoWars interview in which he repeatedly praised Hitler

That list alone is evidence of the brevity with which West can stoke controversy, but the rapper has seemingly upped his game overnight, managing to release a self-sampling single, address his anti-Semitic remarks, and be removed from Instagram — all within the span of just 24 hours. 

Kanye West seated in crowd
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The antics began yesterday (December 9), when West shared a new song on his Instagram. Titled Someday We’ll All Be Free!, the supposed single heavily samples the 1973 Donny Hathaway song of the same name. 

The track sees West lament on topics from his marriage to his recent bout of antisemitism, which culminated last month in his controversial Tweet declaring “DEATHCON 3 ON ALL JEWS.” Addressing the latter, West raps on the single’s first verse “I ain’t never rock with none of y’all no way / I’m pulling up in that white OJ.” He continued: Tweeted deathcon / Now we past three / Tweeted deathcon / Now we past three.” 

Elsewhere on the song, West seemingly references his divorce from ex-wife Kim Kardashian, which was officially finalised by the pair last month. “Waking up to / I can’t do this anymore text / And The Bible said / I can’t have anymore sex / Till marriage,” West sings. Towards the end of the track — which has since been removed from his Instagram — West samples his InfoWars interview with Alex Jones, specifically including his quote: “there’s a lot of things I love [about Hitler]”. 

While West quickly deleted the song from his Instagram, he allowed Jones to publish it on the InfoWars website, which is accessible here. As a result of the post, Instagram temporarily banned West’s account, marking the third time the platform has done so following his previous removal in March and October. It leaves the rapper largely devoid of any social media channels, given his ban from Twitter last week after posting an image of a swastika.  

The antics appear to form part of West’s chaotic press junket following the announcement of his run for president in 2024. Given the impending round of debates and rallies, it seems the rapper’s misbehaviour will only intensify from here on out. Check back in next week, when West will have somehow gained access to the nuclear codes or gone on a bizarre television rant.