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This Sunday, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West broke his long silence on Twitter after he was controversially suspended from the platform. The rapper has indeed tweeted since his November reinstatement, but West had been unusually quiet since November 4th.

“Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked” Kanye tweeted.

The rapper, who goes by “Ye”, then proceeded to tweet one word — “Shalom :)”

It is unclear what prompted West to tweet. In any event, it seems Kanye is wishing for peace, and that’s one thing the world needs more than anything right now.

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For context, Kanye was added back to the platform around the time Musk took over. It is unclear if Musk’s takeover was the cause.

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Musk and Ye have a storied friendship. When West ran for President in 2020, Musk offered his endorsement. As the DC Enquirer reports:

After Kanye tweeted, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States#2020VISION” in July of 2020, Musk promptly replied, “You have my full support!”


While Musk has his holdups concerning Kanye’s platform, Kanye assuaged his concerns. As Page Six reports:

“Kanye explained afterward some of the reasoning behind why he said what he said. It makes more sense than many people, including me, realized.”

He continued, “I have not dropped my support for Kanye, although I think 2024 would be better than 2020.”

Ye has more recently doubled down on his admiration of Donald Trump. As the DC Enquirer reports, West said the following about Trump during an October appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”:

“They weren’t serving my boy Trump the way we could have. Because Trump wanted nothing but the best for this country. Like, Moses stuttered. God is not always gonna bring the most perfect personality. At lot of times, the most fake people, their job is talking, and making people feel comfortable. And realest people are going to make you feel uncomfortable at first.”

Twitter under Elon Musk is changing, and Kanye’s presence on the platform is as good a barometer as any for those changes.