Q-Tip Condemns Kanye West's Confederate Flag Usage

Q-Tip says he does not condemn Kanye West, but he does condemn the Confederate flag and what it represents.

Q-Tip has addressed Kanye West's use of the Confederate flag

Q-Tip spoke about the flag yesterday (November 6) in a Twitter update. He then addressed Kanye West's use of it. 

"Fuck the Confederate flag," Q-Tip said. 

After this, he addressed Kanye West's use of the Confederate flag.

"I love Kanye," Q-Tip said. "No shots, but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner."  

Kanye West has used the Confederate flag on his "Yeezus Tour" merchandise. 

West addressed his use of the flag during an interview with AMP Radio, as per cnn.com.

"The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way," West said. "That's my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I wrote the song, 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag now. Now what you gonna do?"

Q-Tip was signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam in 2012

“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” Q-Tip said upon his signing. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history.  To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as G.O.O.D. Music, I'm excited to solidify my working relationship with Kanye, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead in our partnership. I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can.”

Tip and West have collaborated on several songs, including "That's My Bitch" and "Lift Off" from 2012's Kanye and Jay Z collaborative effort Watch The Throne, in which Tip provided producer and co-producer services. 

Q-Tip isn't the only rapper to have criticized the use of a Confederate flag.

During a recent interview with Vlad TV, Brand Nubian rapper Lord Jamar said he did not understand West's intentions.

“Why would a Black man sell a T-shirt with a Confederate flag and a skull over it?" Jamar said. "I mean, tell me your reasoning. You see, this is where arrogance comes in. To me, it’s like you do some shit, but you don’t explain what you’re doing or why you’re doing it…If you trying to say ‘Alright, the Confederate flag, but I put a skull over it saying that that shit is dead.’ Aight, maybe. Maybe I could understand that. But you just putting it out there just for interpretation. You know what I mean? And let people interpret it however they want to interpret it. So, you gotta be prepared for whatever backlash or misinterpretations that you might get from that. I don’t know what that shit is all about. I would never wear that shit. And I hope no black people would wear no shit like that.”

RELATED: Kanye West "Yeezus" Tour Merchandise Features Confederate Flag



  • Anonymous

    "isnt he signed to GOOD though?" Doesn't mean he has to be Kanye's groupie. Speak your mind. If Kanye tries holding your album up, sue him.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, Lord Jamar puts in his 2 cents. SHUT THE F*CK UP you old man! You're no longer relevant. Don't take you're anger out on Kanye and Yelawolf. Just crawl back under your rock and shoot yourself fool. You can't keep up with the new rappers out, I'm sure even Prodigy from Mobb Deep could out rap you now-a-days. BLAH BLAH BLAH! The whole reason Kanye made those shirts is to get this exact knee-jerk reaction and push him to the cover of more magazines. All we are doing is fueling the fire. If you don't like it, then don't buy it, don't look at it, and please, don't talk about it during interviews because all you're doing is giving him more and more publicity.

    • Dollface

      But see, huh, that reveals another problem with this website. Every new article, at least half of it is shit we already know from an article that came like a day before it. They could just mention Lord Jamar and link, but naw, we gotta stick half of the whole previous article up in this shit.

    • huh

      Are you guys stupid? Lord Jamar absolutely is in this article. Read the whole thing you gun-jumping illiterate, fucks.

    • TruthIs

      THIS COMMENT RIGHT HERE SUMS UP 99% OF THIS RETARDED SITES READERS!! This clown doesn't even read the article. Thinks it's about Lord Jamar. Reading is fundamental and all these idiot high school hip hop fans do is jump on here and being making illiterate comments without even reading the article. I love hip hop but it's fans are just the worst honestly.

    • Anonymous

      wrong article foolio

  • Anonymous

    At least somebody that work with Kanye ain't cosigning that shit. Now Kanye listening to reason it's another story.

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Anonymous

    people still use african flags & symbols and nobody has done more harm to black people than other black people

  • nasirjones

    kanye needs a porch monkey of the year award. will do anything for publicity..

  • Anonymous

    Say what you really mean Q Tip. Stop being afraid of Kanye and his hand slaps.

  • Anonymous

    q tip just doesnt understand what kanyes doing because kanyes way smarter that he is

  • Anonymous

    more c00n shit from KOONYE west

  • Anonymous

    blah blah blah...who cares, Kanye won't stop what he's doing....

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  • Anonymous

    I love tip, but come on. "Sucka Nigga" that's really all I should have to say.

    • 614grind

      So you're cool with the Confederate flag, huh?

    • YupRight

      I think anyone who actually listened to "Sucka Nigga" knows it was more social commentary than wholesale endorsement of the word. "I start to flitch as I try not to say it/but my lips be like a Oowop as I start to say it" Pretty much tells you he thinks using the word can be like using a weapon.

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    Confederate flag represents the country Confederate States of America not slavery dumb muthafucka

    • YupRight

      @Mike, you are aware what the Confederate States of America's relationship with slavery was correct? Thinking you missed a few pages of your history lesson on the disconnect there. I live in the South, trust me the "it's my heritage" argument is tired. Your heritage if anything should be that you're an AMERICAN - not from a confederacy that wanted to secede cause it wanted to enslave black people. C'mon dude...

    • Anonymous

      I mean yea thats what it represents but it is still a symbol of discrimination. Who is really the dumb one here?

  • imho

    look at kanye like its my flag now what yall gonna do.. answer? nothing bec we dont care nearrrly as much as kayne does apparently..act no white person i know cares at all. lol there goes kanye over thinking again.

  • Anonymous

    Q-Tip fails the see the significance of West's campaign to reclaim racist relics such as the Confederate Flag.

  • RealHiphop360

    So true Lord Jamar and Q-Tip say the truth

  • Anonymous

    the abstract has spoken

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