'Slavery a choice': Yeezy's not nuts, he's addicted to opioids
In a rant, Kanye West described slavery as a choice and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction
Kanye West has described slavery as a choice, praised Donald Trump for doing “the impossible” by becoming US president, and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction.
In the latest in a series of startling interviews, tweets and videos, the 40-year-old rapper also revealed he had undergone liposuction some years ago because he did not want to be called fat.
The Grammy Award-winning musician’s most controversial comments came in a rambling video interview at the Southern California offices of celebrity website TMZ.com where he was asked about his recent Twitter spree.
West emerged from a year’s silence on Twitter two weeks ago to post up to 20 tweets an hour on topics ranging from politics, philosophy and fashion to his own image. He also said he had fired his manager.At one point in the TMZ interview, shown on its website, West says: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
The comments sparked an immediate response from TMZ writer Van Lathan who was seen confronting West in a snippet posted online.
The musician was shouting across the office: “Do you feel that I’m feeling ... do you feel that I’m being free and I’m thinking free?”
Lathan stood up and told the rapper: “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought.“Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion ... You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real-life consequence behind everything you just said. And 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 marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
Lathan said he was “disappointed”, adding: “I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that is not real.”
The civil rights group NAACP said in a response addressed to West: “There is a lot of misinformation out there and we are happy to provide insight. Black people have fought against slavery since we first landed on this continent.”
Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.On Tuesday, the Jesus Walks singer also gave the first details of his November 2016 admission to a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital after a series of curtailed concerts and political rants.“I was drugged out,” he said in the TMZ interview. “Two days before I was taken to the hospital I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids.”He said he was given painkillers after undergoing previously unreported liposuction surgery, adding: “I got liposuction, because I didn’t want you’ all to call me fat.”In a separate video released on Tuesday to match his new single Ye vs. the People, West discusses the support he voiced for Trump last week, which caused controversy among many of his fans.
Asked what he admired about Trump, West told fellow rapper T.I.: “The ability to do what no one said you can do, to do the impossible.”
In the single, West raps lines like: “Make America Great Again had a negative perception/I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction.”