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Kanye West to Barack Obama: ‘You can’t effect change’ without money

Kanye West attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.
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President Barack Obama is not just taking shots from Republicans, but he is also being slammed by one of hip-hop’s most outspoken artists. According to One News on Friday, Kanye West has unloaded on the nation’s leader once again. This time the artist known as Yeezus said Obama can’t “effect change” without “money.”

During an interview with Power106FM, West was asked about Obama’s leadership and his efforts to provoke change. Of course, that gave West the ammunition he needed to fire shots at the Commander-in-Chief. He ranted, “You can’t effect change from inside the White House like that…You gotta have the money. Good ideas usually aren’t connected to money as much…Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap.”

Kanye, who has been making headlines more than he has been making hits lately, has gone after Obama before. The feud started when Obama called Kanye a “jackass” for his behavior during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West struck back suggesting that the president was using his name to be hip with young people. Although he has vowed not to bring up Obama’s name again, he couldn’t hold back mentioning the president and while he was at it, he issued a warning to his critics.

“Don’t worry about how I’m saying what I’m saying. Look at what I’m saying and how I feel my intent is,” said Kanye. “You do not want to go against the power. I’m working on one mission, and that’s a mission from God. I’m gonna make it very clear exactly what I’m here to do. I’m here to help. I’m going to apply all the blessings I’ve got.”

He then claimed to be the “anchor” in moving the ship on to the future. Obama, who is busy with running a nation and not his mouth, has used Kanye West as an example of what not to be to acquire success. To Kanye’s credit, he doesn’t seem to have any issue going up against some of the world’s leaders. He even called himself a more influential figure than the late Nelson Mandela.