Shots Fired: Q-Tip Blasts Kanye West For Profiting Off Confederate Flag Merchandise

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Q-Tip Talks About Kanye’s Confederate Flag Merchandise

Via The Grio reports:

Q-Tip, the legendary member of A Tribe Called Quest, has weighed in on the controversy swirling around Kanye West’s decision to feature the Confederate flag on merchandise being sold on his Yeezus tour.

The “News Slaves” rapper has pushed back against his critics, claiming “it’s my flag” and arguing that his use of the imagery, which is normally associated with bigotry and pro-slavery views, is an attempt to subvert its meaning.

“I just think people look cool in it. They look nice. And it’s colorless also,” West said in an interview at Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP radio station. “It’s super hood and super white boy approved at the same time. That’s really what my style has always been.”

Q-Tip got a heated conversation started on the issue with a simple, albeit profane, tweet which read: “F**k the confederate flag.”

The “Bonita Applebum” lyricist then got into a debate with tweeters, some of whom defended Kanye. Tip clarified that his remarks were in no way a diss of Kanye:

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