Kanye West has been in the spotlight recently for his infamous outlandish remarks. After taking a hiatus from Twitter, the rapper and fashion designer is back on the social media platform spitting lines left and right. Most recently he released a nearly two hour interview with radio host Charlamagne tha God to talk everything from Trump to his public beef with Jay-Z.
The interview was released within the same days as Kanye’s interview on TMZ where he now famously said that after 400 years “slavery was a choice.” It’s going to be hard to get over (if ever) that horrendous remark, but according to West it’s just his free thought. So with that in mind, he took it upon himself to speak his free thought to Charlamagne from his home and released it on YouTube.
On his admiration for Trump’s win:
“I don’t have all the answers that a celebrity’s supposed to have.” “But,” he said, “I can tell you that, when he was running, it’s like I felt something. The fact that he won, it proves something. It proves that anything is possible in America. Donald Trump can be president of America. I’m not talking about what he’s done since he’s in office. But the fact that he was able to do it – remember when I said I was gonna run for President? I had people that was close to me, friends of mine, makin’ memes, talkin’ shit, now it’s like, oh, that was proven that that could have happened … from what we’ve been doing in fashion to me wearing the pink polos, to me being out-spoken, to me being ostracized because of the Taylor Swift thing, or the George Bush thing, who I’m dating, who I’m marrying, who I’m talking about, all of this is an outsider thing. When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that.”
On his issues with Jay-Z:
“Me and Jay’s issue, my issue, came down to information,” West said. “I’m super hungry for information. I need information more than I need validation, more than I need finance. That concept that he gave me the money, that’s what frustrated me. Actually, the money he got from Live Nation. Roc Nation was managing me at the time, and that’s normal that you would give someone money – it was a touring deal. But the fact that it was worded that it came from – I’m a very loyal, emotional artist-person – that made me feel that I owed more than just the money itself. It put me under a bit more of a kind of controlled situation.”
On his stint in the hospital following mental exhaustion:
“One of the things that was incredible when I got out of the hospital was, I had lost my confidence,” he said.”I never had the empathy for people who lacked confidence – I had so much of it, I didn’t know what it was like to be without it. [I didn’t have] that Black Panther, Superman-level confidence … I wouldn’t speak up … I didn’t have me.”
On his place in the fashion world:
“I was 45 minutes late [to a fashion show], and they LeBron-ed me, bro,” West said. “Remember when LeBron went to Miami and they killed him and burned his jersey and all that? I had just done [Madison Square Garden] – Young Thug on stage, plug in the iPhone, 16,000 people, streaming live, a breakthrough. Soon as I was 45 minutes late, I felt it was the fashion community getting the right to say ‘nigger’ without saying it. It was like, we know you come through stepping on necks and all that … but if you get out of line, boy, we gon’ roast you. It affected me because I’m an artist. And it affected me emotionally.”
On the lack of radio play and Taylor Swift:
“We’re doing [the] Saint Pablo [tour],” he said, “and the cultural impact is incredible, but I’m looking for other forms of validation. Just because it’s not playing on the radio – ‘Father Stretch [My Hands]’ is in the club, on the radio a bit – but to put that same amount if not more work and you’re used to it coming out like Graduation, where everything is everywhere, it’s frustrating. Really ever since the Taylor Swift moment, it had never been the same, the connection with radio. Whatever powers that be, it was much harder after that … If you’re an artist and you’re signed to a major label, you want to be on the radio, especially if you’re popular, if you’re one of the most famous people on the planet and people love your music.”