GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)
by Murs

Album: Captain California (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Here, Murs raps about the struggles of black men being hounded by gang members. During the hook he touches on Kanye West's stress-related hospitalization:

    So God bless Kanye West
    And every other brother of color that's under stress
    They wanna make you feel like you are less
    Even though you didn't make it, gotta deal with this mess
    Hold your head, and always do your best
  • Murs explained why he chose to speak about mental health in the song: "We pray for each other, and I believe in the power of prayer, but we could really use more mental health professionals in our community instead of mocking Kanye West," he said. "He's having problems, and he's having to work through it. He's like a football player playing hurt, to me."

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