Kanye West Opens Up About Hospitalization, Obama, & JAY-Z & Beyoncé
Kanye West doesn’t do too many interviews these days. But in the midst of his controversial Twitter love for President Trump, Yeezy sat down with media personality Charlamagne Tha God for an in-depth nearly two-hour interview.
The free-flowing conversation, airing exclusively via YouTube, took place at Kanye’s Calabasas home. It begins inside of the crib and ends outside, overlooking the sunset over local mountains. Throughout the interview, West opens up about everything from his JAY-Z feud and reconciliation to his love for Trump and criticism of President Barack Obama.
Although voicing disappointment with the fact that Hov and Beyoncé missed his wedding with Kim Kardashian, ‘Ye said he was on good terms with his “Big Brother.” “We good,” he added. “We texting each other. It’s positive energy. I haven’t seen him but I can feel him.”
He went on to compare his affection for Trump with a “Chappelle’s Show” skit. “When I expressed what I felt [about Trump], it was almost like a Clayton Bixby moment,” he said. “Everybody’s head exploded.” However, he went on to say that he doesn’t regret it. “I would meet with him today and I would talk about Chicago first,” he said. “We would talk about some more things and eventually get into a lot of other elements but we’ll start there.”
Watch the interview and read additional quotes from the lengthy conversation below.
ON KIM KARDASHIAN’S ROBBERY: “The situation with my wife in Paris and all of the elements of feeling helpless, feeling like what could you do? I went to Paris on that trip to protect her, not protect her physically, but to go and just help her with her looks… One of the things she said she heard was that they were coming to rob her and they had to wait until I had left. The people had been strategizing and scheming on that for a long time.”
ON JAY-Z: “The concept that he gave me the money frustrated me. The money, he got from Live Nation. Roc Nation was managing me at the time. That’s something normal, that someone would give someone a touring deal. The fact that it was worded that it came from him — I’m a loyal and emotional artist person. That made me feel like I owed more than just the money itself, the fact that it came from him. It put me under a bit more of a controlled situation. I’m only acting out of love. I don’t need to be controlled. I just need to be inspired and informed…I think there was some love in that on Jay’s part, because he did have to co-sign for it when the Live Nations and these different companies wouldn’t co-sign for me. I was in debt and JAY did have to go up and say, ‘I’ma co-sign for Ye.’”
ON JAY-Z & BEYONCÉ: “I was hurt about them not coming to the wedding. I understand they was going through some things, but if it’s family, you not gonna miss a wedding. I’m not using this interview to put any negative things but I gotta state my truth.”
ON CONFIDENCE: “One of the things that was incredible when I got out of the hospital was I had lost my confidence. You could see it. That’s why they were saying sunken place and all this stuff. Wow. 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.”