For real, for real, we should have seen this coming. As a matter of fact, Kanye West told us this would happen. The transformation from lovable, self-professed asshole to unapologetic, side-eye inducing contrarian was predicted all the way back in 2007 when he emphatically rapped, “Excuse me, was you saying something?/Uh uh, you can't tell me nothing/You can't tell me nothing/Uh uh, you can't tell me nothing.”

So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at ‘Ye’s antics anymore. But, by God, it’s damn near impossible to turn the other way on Yeezy’s bromance with President Donald Trump. It’s a mutual admiration that appears to date back a few years. Over the past several months, Kanye has turned up his support for the controversial Celebrity in Chief, becoming a one-man promo team while displaying a total lack of knowledge on 45’s policies. But, hey, they have the same dragon energy. So, there’s that.

Despite being called out by many of his peers and even being threatened with violence for his ill-based allegiance to the reality show star-turned-president, Yeezus remains steadfast and has even doubled down.

'Ye’s own father has warned him against aligning himself with Trump when they were together during the recording of Ye. “He expressed that he felt that some of the policies were hurtful and that I’m a person that does not intend to hurt people, never hurts people with intention," Kanye revealed to The New York Times in June.

He clearly didn’t listen and has yet to fold to anyone else’s whims, because “free thought” or something like that. So, for now, the oversized MAGA hat remains on top of the same brain that once gave the world the legendary off-script line, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.”

Here’s a brief history of Kanye and Trump’s budding relationship.

  • Kanye West Name-Drops Trump on "So Appalled" Track

    Sept. 24, 2010

    Kanye started off semi-flaming The Donald's hair on the 2010 track "So Appalled," featuring Jay-Z, Pusha-T and Cyhi The Prynce.

    'Ye kicks off his verse on the classic cut with the lines, "I'm so appalled, Spalding, balled/Balding, Donald Trump taking dollars from y'all/Baby you're fired, your girlfriend hired."

  • Donald Trump Hopes Kanye West Runs for President in 2020

    Sept. 2, 2015

    Kanye West shocked the world when he announced his intentions to run for president in 2020 at the end of his Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. When asked about the announcement, then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he is hopeful that Yeezy will actually make true on his words.

    "That's very interesting. I wonder who gave him that idea?" Trump told Rolling Stone. "He's actually a different kind of a person than people think. He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."

  • Kanye West Depicts Trump in "Famous" Video

    July 1, 2016

    Kanye West's controversial "Famous" video drops, featuring mannequins of naked celebrities including Kim Kardashian, George Bush, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.

  • Kanye West Supports Trump During Saint Pablo Tour

    Nov. 17, 2016

    Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour featured nightly rants. During a stop in San Jose, Calif., in November 2016, 'Ye went on about his love for Trump.

    “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” Kanye says. “There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I fuck with that. I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius. Because it fucking worked!”

    He adds, "I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates. I loved his approach."

    A few days later, West was hospitalized after suffering a mental breakdown.

  • Kanye West Meets With Trump at Trump Tower

    Dec. 13, 2016
  • Kanye West Deletes Tweets About Trump

    Feb. 6, 2017

    A few months after their initial meeting, Kanye appeared to be backing away from his support of No. 45, removing all of the previously posted pro-Trump tweets from his timeline (including an image of Trump's autographed Time magazine cover).

    According to sources, Kanye was unhappy with President Trump's actions throughout his early days in office.

    Drew Angerer, Getty Images
    Drew Angerer, Getty Images
  • Kanye West Tweets Support for President Trump

    April 25, 2018

    Following a social media hiatus, Kanye returned to Twitter in a major way. Among his most notable posts are tweets in support of President Trump.

    "You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him," 'Ye wrote. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought."

    Trump later thanks Kanye for the shout out tweeting, "Thank you, Kanye. Very cool!"


  • Kanye West Is Pictured Wearing a MAGA Hat

    April 25, 2018
  • Kanye West Shows Continued Support for Trump on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Aug. 9, 2018
  • Kanye West Rants About Trump Support on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Sept. 29, 2018
  • Kanye West Tries to Set Up Meeting Between President Trump and Colin Kaepernick

    Oct. 1, 2018
  • Kanye West Meets With President Trump at the White House

    Oct. 11, 2018

    Kanye did most of the talking in a broadcasted meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office, which found the rapper advocating for jobs to be kept in the United States, sharing that Trump and his MAGA hats make Kanye feel like Superman and ending the meeting by hugging Trump while members of the press (and viewers around the world) watched.

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