One with Charlamagne, and one with TMZ.
Kanye’s wild thoughts have been running rampant around the internet and airwaves, creating a stir regarding the morality of Yeezy patronage. He’s a one-of-a-kind musical genius, but his recent actions have been, puzzling. Today, we’ve received some clarification regarding Kanye’s perspective–for better and worse–directly from the man himself through two new interviews: one with Charlamagne, and one with TMZ.
In addition to his classic twitter rhetoric, Kanye has been monopolizing the media narrative by trolling fans with his “interesting” verse to say the least–although I will say that sample and beat got me really excited for Ye’s upcoming GOOD Music production onslaught–on “Lift Yourself”; he followed with the conversational track, “Ye vs. The People”, with T.I. representing “the people’s” criticism towards Kanye’s recent pro-Trump remarks. With looming questions emanating from various angles, “the people” need answers. Today, they’ve received some.
During his near two-hour interview with Charlamagne, Kanye opened up about mental health issues, the infamous 2017 Kim Kardashian robbing, his relationship with Hov, and more. Regarding his mental health and his Pablo tour breakdown, Ye complicitly remarked, “I think I’m in a stronger place than I ever was after the breakdown or what I like to say the breakthrough … [on the cause of his mental breakdown] “Fear, stress, control, being controlled, manipulation, like being a pawn in the chess piece of life, stressing things that create validation that I didn’t need to worry about as much.” It was a vulnerable moment, reminding us that Kanye is in fact human, with human emotions and human experiences. However, as a human, he’s susceptible to questionable behavior, which he demonstrated in a later interview.
Sitting down with TMZ’s Van Lathan, Kanye told him, “When you hear about slavery for 300 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice”. Taken to task by Lathan, who was justifiably deeply offended by Ye’s comments, he rebutted with, “While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives … We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
Kanye went on to clarify his standpoint on Twitter later by saying, “To make myself clear. Of Course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.” He successively tweeted, “The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea. Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas.”
With the GOOD Music barrage of new tunes headed our way over the next couple of months, there is an emotional dichotomy surrounding Kanye West: most of us cannot wait for new Ye music; however, most of us are horrified with his recent actions, testing our allegiance towards him. With Pusha T dropping first on May 25th, we will see what the musical, beloved version of Kanye has to offer.
Watch both interviews below: