Connections: Has Kanye West lost touch with his roots?

May 16, 2018

Fans and critics of Kanye West are reacting to the rapper's recent comments about political figures and slavery. West has tweeted about his support for President Trump and right-wing figures, and has said slavery was a "choice."

In a piece in the Atlantic Monthly, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that West wants a "white freedom," and is distancing himself from blackness. West argues that he's a "free thinker."

We talk to local musicians, music writers, and music lovers about West's comments, the criticism, and whether West has lost touch with his roots. In studio: