In the ongoing drama surrounding Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s divorce, Ye received intense criticism for calling out Pete Davidson in his song “Eazy” which contained the line, “God saved me from that crash/ Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.” Davidson appeared to take the slight in stride at the time, but there was more to come. On March 2 (2022), Ye upped the stakes by releasing a music video for the same song in which he appears to bury-alive a cartoon, claymation version of Pete Davidson, decapitating the figure.
Again, Davidson took it well, calling the video “hysterical,” but reportedly Kim did not feel the same and was angered by the stunt. However, on March 6 Kanye posted to Instagram an explanation for his artistic choices. It read:
“Art is therapy just like this view
art is protected as freedom of speech
art inspires and simplifies the world
Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm.
Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended”
The explanation is perhaps timely considering the backlash that Kanye received from fans on social media who felt as though the “Eazy” video took things too far. Kanye is not alone in explaining his more controversial work as therapeutic, artistic expression as we have heard similar statements from artists such as Eminem in the past.