Kanye West said his video “Eazy” was just “art” that didn’t mean to cause “any ill or harm” to Pete Davidson in real life.
The 44-year-old rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, released a video of his new song featuring The Game last week.
In the video, he buries alive a cartoon figure bearing a resemblance to Davidson.
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The Saturday Night Live star is currently dating Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, who was granted her request to be declared “legally single” by a judge on 2 March.
Davidson is mentioned in the lyrics of the track, with Ye saying: “God saved me from the crash, just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”
Soon after watching the video, many viewers expressed their unease with the Grammy-award winner’s actions in the clip.
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In a new Instagram post on Sunday (6 March), Ye clarified that his video was just a form of “art”.
“Art is therapy just like this view,” he wrote. “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 original “Eazy” video features clay stop-motion. At one point, a figure seemingly modelled after Ye is seen dragging a tied-up body along the ground.
A bag is then removed from the captive’s face, revealing a figure who viewers believe resembles Davidson.
The cartoon Ye then sprinkles rose seeds over the figure’s face. Later in the video, roses sprout from his head, which are loaded onto a pickup truck.
At the end of the video, a message appears on screen reading: “Everyone lived happily ever after.”
Another slide had the words: “Except Skete” – the derogatory nickname Ye has previously used to refer to Davidson. The word “Skete”, however, is crossed out, and replaced with, “you know who”.
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