Kim K Turns 38

Kim Kardashian-West turned 38 on Sunday! The reality star was surprised a day early by husband Kanye West with some special gifts. The mom of three woke up to a male musician playing a grand piano and a giant display of exotic, pink flowers hanging from the ceiling. Kim posted a video of the surprise on her Instagram saying “this is what I wake up to, guys. Kanye’s the most creative when it come to sending me flowers for my birthday!” Apparently, all is forgiven after the backlash from Kanye’s SNL Pro-Trump rant.

West Goes East

Kanye West is in Africa, reportedly to finish his album, but he’s meeting with dignitaries along the way. During a visit with Uganda’s president Yoweri Musuveni, Ye presented the head of state with a pair of signed Yeezy sneakers. Kanye told the prez he wanted to create the next Jurassic Park in Uganda — he was light on details. Musuveni also asked Kim Kardashian-West the question on so many’s minds: What she actually does for a living. She politely responded that she’s on a TV show.

Tei Loves Ye

There’s no love lost between Chrissy Teigen and Kanye West over his politics and support of President Trump. Teigen tells Vogue that Kanye’s always been outspoken and opinionated — she acknowledges she’s a left-winger but also lets others disagree. Trump famously blocked Teigen on Twitter after heated criticisms. 

Kim K, A Witch?

Kim Kardashian-West has been accused of using witchcraft. The accusation comes from Scandal actor Columbus Short, who stated the reality star uses witchcraft against Kanye West to “torment” him. Short posted a photo of West zoning out, while Kardashian stood nearby with a smile, claiming the photo is proof of the witchcraft. He added that “both men and women all over the WORLD are unknowingly being tormented by witchcraft. And this [photo] is what it looks like.”
MEANWHILE—Kardashian gal pal Larsa Pippen has come to the couple’s defense saying “She’s a great wife. She’s trying to support him and he means well. He’s coming from a good place. If you spoke to him you’d really realize that he really is a genius. He’s way ahead of our time.”

Love & Hate for Kanye

Kanye West faced some fallout from a few of his fellow artists after his meeting with President Trump. Rapper T.I. expressed his disappointment via social media, posting, “This is the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen.”
MEANWHILE—TMZ caught up with rapper Mally Mall outside of the Staples Center, where Drake performed on Saturday. Mally told them that Kanye West is “nothing less than a genius” and is “doing great work, trying to help the United States.”

West Family Arrives in Africa

Kanye West has landed in Africa. The rapper and Kim Kardashian-West, along with their three children and an entourage of security and a nanny, arrived at a five-star luxury resort. In true Kanye fashion, he hopped on the counter while being checked in, as hotel staff gawked at the audacity. The 41-year-old will be producing music and shooting some videos while there. Big Sean is also rumored to be staying at the resort and will most likely be collaborating on the album. Kanye said he wanted to travel to Africa to “feel the energy” and “record into a mic that’s in the middle of nature.” The family is scheduled to stay until October 19th.

Kanye Solidifies Love Of Trump

Kanye West is giving President Trump a big bear hug, figuratively speaking. West visited the White House on Thursday to discuss his ideas for criminal justice reform and unifying the country. In particular he encouraged the president to oppose stop and frisk policies in places like Chicago. Afterwards, West told reporters, “I love this guy” and credited Trump with making progress on North Korea.

—QUOTABLE: “A liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because they know we are very proud, emotional people…When I say I like Trump, they say ‘Oh, but he’s racist.’ Do you think racism could control me? That won’t stop me.” -West

—QUOTABLE: “He can speak for me anytime he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.” -Trump

Ye Bill Signing

Kanye West and President Trump’s lunch discussion is scheduled for today, and Ye will stick around for a special bill signing ceremony. Trump will be signing the Music Modernization Act into law. The bill is intended to be a boon for both artists and streaming services by decreasing the liability those services can incur if they stream music according to appropriate guidelines. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow is going to be on hand too.

YE TO DC

Kanye West is headed to the White House. He’ll meet with President Trump on Thursday to discuss gang violence and promoting American manufacturing — probably a nod to Yeezy’s fashion empire. He’s following in the footsteps of wife Kim Kardashian-West who earlier this year successfully lobbied for the early release of a convict. 

Put Kanye on Meds

SNL star Pete Davidson says Kanye West should go on medication for mental illness following Ye’s pro-Trump remarks on the show last week. During “Weekend Update,” Davidson quipped, “There’s no shame in the medicine game. I’m on ’em. It’s great'” — but was he making light of mental illness, which should be a serious issue? 

Davidson also said no one stopped West from wearing his red Make America Great Again hat all week, despite his assertions that showrunners didn’t want Kanye to wear it on stage. 

Does Ye Want a Tesla?

Kanye West is now defending Elon Musk. He made a bizarre impromptu appearance at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, when he hopped up on a table in a common area and started shouting “Leave the man the f*** alone!” Musk is in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a tweet he made about taking Tesla private, for which he’s already settled. No word on why Ye feels such allegiance to the eccentric billionaire.

Price of Loyalty

Kim Kardashian-West’s loyalty to husband Ye—formerly, Kanye West—is worth a lot; $1 Million to be exact. While on Ashley Graham’s Podcast, Kim shared that a brand, known for creating Yeezy style knock-offs, offered her $1 Million to promote them. Kanye said she really shouldn’t do it, so she didn’t. The following week, for her Mother’s Day gift, the rapper gave her flowers and a check for $1 Million. There was also a note thanking her for not supporting the other brand and a contract to be part owner of the Yeezy brand. If you’re wondering, Kim “absolutely” cashed the check.

Kim is Embarrassed

Kim Kardashian-West was reportedly embarrassed by husband Ye’s–formally known as Kanye West–pro-Trump rant. A source told E! that although uncomfortable, “Kim will always support Kanye publicly” and “believes [he] is entitled to his opinion and can express it freely”. Multiple celebrities came forward criticizing the rapper, which another source said is “embarrassing” for Kim and her family, but stated that Kim would “never say that” to Kanye.

Kanye to Africa?

YE — aka Kanye West — says he didn’t drop his album online over the weekend as promised because he’s not done yet — and that he’s going to AFRICA to do just that. He told TMZ that his 9th studio album, called “Yandhi” (like Gandhi) still needs some final touches. He’s banking on pulling “inspiration and energy from the Earth” in Africa to get the job done.

Kanye (no, YE) 2020?

Kanye West furthered his future political aspirations this weekend. After performing on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, he launched into a tirade about the media not telling the true story about what’s happening in America with Trump as president — implying good things, not bad. But the speech was cut and throw to commercial; only the studio audience saw all of it. He was even wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. President Trump chimed in Sunday morning, reminding the Twitterverse that he doesn’t watch SNL any more but is glad Kanye is leading the charge.
MEANWHILE — Kanye tweeted that the 13th Amendment should be repealed — that’s the amendment that makes slavery illegal. He later clarified … sort of: “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals.” 

“Ye”

Kanye West is pulling a Prince. On Saturday, the rapper tweeted, “The being formally known as Kanye West…I am YE”. The tweet came ahead of West’s album release and performance on Saturday Night Live. He has gone by “Ye” as a nickname in the past and used it as the title of his last album, but has not clarified if he is changing his stage name. He has however, changed his social media to the new moniker.

Konfused Kanye

Kayne West is a conundrum. West showed up at The Fader offices to discuss his new design for the MAGA hat and the “positive energy” that he put into it. West was sporting the newly designed MAGA hat as well as a sweatshirt with Colin Kaepernick’s name on it. Cue the confusion. The rapper famously came out in support of President Trump but appears to also support Kaepernick. The former 49er was referred to as a Son of a B***h by President Trump for kneeling during the anthem. Meanwhile, West came out in support of Nike signing the blacklisted quarterback saying, “I stand for giving everyone a voice”.