Entertainment Year in Review: Kanye West shocks fans with meltdown

He was once one of the most significant, complex and celebrated rappers in the industry, but in 2018 West left many fans scratching their heads in confusion. The rapper, music producer, clothing designer, and provocateur shocked fans when he threw his support firmly behind President Donald Trump and shouted out the alt-right-adjacent commentator Candace Owens. He also snapped a “Make America Great Again” red-hat selfie, wrote a verse that said Black people were still on “the Democratic plantation” and announced on TMZ that slavery was a “choice.” West said that he was “free thinking” and that he had slipped the bonds of Black political conventions – causing fans and celebrity friends to question his mental health.