Genius or crazy? If you let Kanye West tell it he sees both. “Name one genius that ain’t crazy,” Ye raps on 2016’s “FEEDBACK.” With a simple Kanye name-drop being a lightning rod for conversation, Joyner Lucas has stepped in to defend Yeezy on his “Ye Not Crazy” single, which arrived on Thursday (March 31).

Amid the antics, Joyner sees a lot of himself in Kanye and understands his plight as an artist consistently being criticized in the spotlight.

“How do you spеll ‘Crazy’? G-E-N-I-U-S/How do you spell ‘Pay me?’ IRS/What you know about mental hеalth when you live in hell and you out of meds/What the fuck is a meltdown, when my meltdown’s on a private jet?
Labels ain’t wanna sign the check/Then I got on my Ye shit, turned every ‘No’ to a solid ‘Yes,'” Lucas raps.

The Massachusetts native insists Kanye isn’t crazy, but he might be. Lucas recalls famous incidents like Kanye’s blow-up on Sway and incorporates Ye staple tracks such as “Touch The Sky” and “Jesus Walks” into his lyrics.

In later 2018, the “I’m Not Racist” rapper reflected on meeting Kanye West for the first time in Chicago and even vibing with him in the studio. He also called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy one of his Top 5 albums of all-time.

Joyner Lucas isn’t the only rhymer backing Kanye these days. Rick Ross came to his defense when the Full Send Podcast asked him if he thought Kanye was “losing his mind on the internet.”

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“He’s not losing his mind at all,” Rozay responded. “If you felt he was losing his mind now, it would’ve been lost 15 years ago if you felt like that. And I never felt like that, and homie always been a genius. I believe he’s going through his thing with his family.”