In an Instagram post on Oct. 24, the A Tribe Called Quest legend stood on the side of the Jewish community in the wake of Kanye’s anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in various interviews.
“I support my Jewish friends and the Jewish people,” read Tips’ message, which was widely shared by other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow and more.
Kanye, who was recently suspended from Instagram once again for violating the platform’s policies, expressed his disappointment at Q-Tip’s perceived betrayal on Talking — the conservative social media platform he recently agreed to buy — on Monday (Oct. 31).
“First one of my heroes Q Tip was mad at Michael Rapaport,” he wrote, referring to Tip’s break with the Jewish director about the documentary from 2011 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.
“So Q tip posted this while #redmedia was trying to ruin my life. Never meet your heroes,” he added, sharing a screenshot of Tip’s aforementioned Instagram message.
“Red media” is a term Kanye previously used to describe allegedly Jewish-run media companies who he believes have “teamed up” around him.
Kanye West has often quoted Q-Tip and A tribe called Quest as one of his “greatest inspirations”.
“Midnight Marauders, Electric relaxation, Low End theory – a lot of the melodies and the type of chords they would sample… was what I was going for when I did it The school dropout,” He told Sway in the morning in 2013.
Kanye later worked with Q-Tip on songs such as “We Gonna Make It Better”, “Chain Heavy” and “That’s My Bitch”, before signing him to his GOOD Music imprint in 2012. (Tip never released any solo material on the label.)
You were right supposed to join A Tribe Called Quest as an honorary member in 2016 for their last album We got it from here… Thank you 4 Your service (on which he made a cameo), as revealed by Consequence on Drink Champs earlier this year.
But their relationship has soured in recent years due to Kanye’s increasingly polarizing political views. After his embrace of then-President Donald Trump in 2016, Q-Tip publicly questioned the Chicago native and called a meeting with him.
“It’s hard because I love him, he’s my brother. I reached out to him and I hope we just get to talk,” he said Bloomberg. “I really care about that guy, but his remarks are something that calls out to him and I’m having a really serious discussion.”
Kanye West’s anti-Semitic comments have cost him more than just Q-Tip’s support. The 45-year-old has been the fall of an increasing number of organizations and individualsincluding Def Jam, Balenciaga and JP Morgan Chase Bank.
The termination of his lucrative adidas partnership reportedly took a massive hit to his personal net worth cutting his $1.9 billion fortune down to $400 million.
Despite the increasingly expensive backlash, Ye does not appear to be backing down. After initially apologizes for his anti-Semitic remarks during an interview with Piers Morgan, the Yeezy founder resumed his attacks on the Jewish community and other opponents.
His latest Instagram suspension came after a series of posts targeting “the Jewish people” who allegedly run the entertainment industry, as well as mother of George Floyd’s daughterwho recently filed a $250 million lawsuit after he suggested Floyd died from fentanyl, rather than the excessive force of Minneapolis police officers.