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Squires: Kanye and George Floyd prove the gatekeepers of hip-hop only care about black lives when they're taken by white cops

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Kanye West is back in the news cycle, and this time he’s brought some friends. The mercurial rapper dragged fellow hip-hop veteran N.O.R.E into his drama when he brought up George Floyd on the rapper’s "Drink Champs" podcast. West stated, “They hit him with the fentanyl” and that Derek Chauvin’s knee wasn’t on Floyd’s neck “like that.” The inference that most people drew is that Kanye believes George Floyd died of a drug overdose and not Chauvin kneeling on him for over eight minutes.

What amounted to a few seconds within a longer conversation sent social media into a frenzy and N.O.R.E. into full damage control mode. The fact that the medical examiner who performed Floyd’s autopsy found that heart disease and fentanyl were contributing factors to his death has become irrelevant in the face of the larger narrative. N.O.R.E. called into "The Breakfast Club" radio show to apologize to George Floyd’s family and anyone else who was “hurt” by Kanye’s comments.

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