We all have our New Year’s resolutions. For most, these consist of steps toward self-improvement—joining a gym, participating in a “Dry January,” saving money, or quitting smoking. Kanye West’s New Year’s resolution was, it seems, to tweet like there’s no tomorrow.
And god bless him for it.
Late Tuesday night, rapper Wiz Khalifa fired off the following tweet:
It came in response to Kanye changing the name of his upcoming album from Swish to Waves, with Wiz claiming the name “waves” belonged to Harlem rapper Max B, who released a string of Coke Waves mixtapes before being convicted on charges of aggravated assault, felony kidnapping, armed robbery, and murder. He’s serving a 75-year prison sentence.
Max B is closely affiliated with fellow New York rapper French Montana, who is the ex-boyfriend of Kim Kardashian’s sister, Khloe.
West paid respect to Max B via a tweet, and things seemed to be on ice. Then, early Wednesday, rapper Wiz Khalifa fired off an innocuous tweet: “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Khalifa Kush (KK) is the name of the rapper’s strain of marijuana. In a 2014 interview, he discussed how he has people grow the strain specifically for him, and that same year, he released a song called “KK” with lines like, “I got my own weed, sucka / So I ain’t gotta hit yours.” KK are also the initials of Kanye’s ultra-famous wife, Kim Kardashian.
So Kanye, thinking Wiz was tweeting about his beloved wife, flew into a Twitter rage, verbally undressing every facet of the rapper’s existence, from his style (“I screen grabbed those pants and sent it to my style team”) to his music (“no one I know has ever listened to one of your albums all the way through”) to his JV status (“I am your OG and I will be respected as such”). A large portion of Kanye’s ire was directed at Wiz’s ex-wife, Amber Rose, and their child, with Kanye tweeting, “You let a stripper trap you” and “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”
It should be noted here that Kanye was completely out of line from the get-go, using the occasion of a terribly misinterpreted tweet to take low blows at Wiz’s ex-wife and child. If anyone said the same about Kardashian and North or Saint West, you can rest assured that Kanye would go full-Bride, showing up at Wiz’s house in a form-fitting yellow-and-black tracksuit clenching Hattori Hanzo steel.
This isn’t the first (or 10th) time Kanye has slut-shamed Rose, whom he dated from 2008 to 2010 after he spotted her in the music video for Ludacris’s “What Them Girls Like.” In February of last year, Kanye appeared on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club and unloaded on his ex.
“She’s just soaking in the moment,” Kanye said of Rose. “If Kim had dated me when I wanted, there would be no Amber Rose.” He later doubled down, saying he had to take “30 showers” after dating Rose before Kim would accept him.
But the origins of this hip-hop imbroglio are hard to define.
Kanye and Rose were very hot and heavy during their three-year relationship, which was immortalized in a very hot-and-heavy, head-licking photo shoot with Terry Richardson. When they split in early 2010, Kanye went into self-imposed exile in Hawaii to work on an album dedicated to Rose, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song “Runaway,” in particular, is seen as an open apology to Rose for the way he treated her throughout their relationship.
“She find pictures in my e-mail / I sent this bitch a picture of my dick / I don’t know what it is with females / But I’m not too good with that shit,” raps Kanye. “See, I could have me a good girl / And still be addicted to them hoodrats / And I just blame everything on you / At least you know that’s what I’m good at.”
Rose dealt with the split a bit differently. She first engaged in a rebound fling with Kardashian’s ex, NFL running back Reggie Bush, and then took to the tabloids to air the couple’s dirty laundry, claiming in a number of interviews that it was Kanye’s flirting with Kim that led to their demise.
“Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together,” Rose said in an “exclusive” interview with Star magazine. “She’s a homewrecker!”
According to Rose, Kanye and Kim were hooking up while she was still with Kanye and Kim was dating Bush.
“They were both cheating,” said Rose. “They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other. [Kim] was sending [racy] pictures, and I was like, ‘Kim, just stop. Don’t be that person.’ I thought at least she’d be woman enough to respond to me. She never responded.
“I want to thank her,” Rose continued of Kim. “Because if she was never a homewrecker, then I never would have met Wiz [Khalifa], and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.”
That interview took place in January 2012, and weeks later, a man who claimed to be Rose’s former publicist alleged on Twitter and Facebook that he introduced Rose to Kanye, that Rose stole from him, and that Rose was planning to steal from Kanye, blaming the latter revelation for their breakup—not Kim. Rose denied the allegations.
Kanye and Kim became official in April of that year. For the next couple of years, the two had reached a gossip column détente, with Kanye and Kim marrying and having two children, and Amber and Wiz marrying and having one child. Following Rose and Wiz’s split in late 2014, her beef with Kanye reignited.
In February 2015, Kim’s little sister Kylie Jenner (17) began dating the rapper Tyga (25). Now, Tyga has a child with the hip-hop model Blac Chyna, who is best friends with Rose. When the relationship came to light, Rose went on The Breakfast Club and blasted it.“Kylie’s a baby,” said Rose. “She needs to go to bed at 7 o’clock and relax. It’s ridiculous. Tyga should be ashamed of himself. That’s how I feel, for sure. He has a beautiful woman and a baby that he left for a 16-year-old who just turned 17.”Rose did make some good points—in their home state of California the Kylie/Tyga coupling qualifies as statutory rape. The interview prompted Kylie’s sister Khloe Kardashian to fire off a few tweets at Rose, labeling her a hypocrite for stripping at 15 yet criticizing Kylie for her illicit relationship with Tyga. Rose didn’t take the criticism lying down and decided to drag Kim—and by extension Kanye—into the mix:
Kanye’s infamous “30 Showers” interview on The Breakfast Club was in response to this tweet by Rose. And, if that weren’t enough, in recent weeks Rose’s pal (and Tyga’s ex) Blac Chyna has begun dating Rob Kardashian, the semi-estranged brother of Kylie, Kim, Khloe, and co.
It’s hard to determine who’s more at fault here. If Kanye cheated on her, Rose has a right to be upset. But it’s been six years since they’ve split. The two have both moved on and started separate families, yet Rose, who is mostly famous due to her association with Kanye, seems to keep tethering herself to Kanye and the Kardashians for the considerable ink it generates. And the same goes for Blac Chyna, Tyga, and the Kardashians. The best thing Kanye can do is ignore them entirely, but he’s never been one to take an insult lying down.
When Rose caught wind of the recent Kanye-Wiz spat, and the insults he threw her way, she went for the jugular:
As long as there’s ink to be spilled and gossip columns to be filled, don’t expect this feud to die down anytime soon. Rose’s celebrity depends on it.