Kanye West sat down with Charlamagne tha God for a two hour interview.
During the sit-down, Kanye touches on everything from his mental health, what triggered his breakdown, a meeting with President Obama, his controversial tweets, and more.
Charlamagne opens the interview by asking Kanye, “Mentally, where are you?” Ye responds, “I think I’m in a stronger place than I ever was. After the breakdown—or I like to say, the breakthrough.” When asked about what he believes caused the breakdown, Kanye says, “Fear, stress, control, being controlled, manipulation, like being a pawn in a chess piece of life. Stressing things that create, like, validation that I didn’t need to worry about as much.”
At one point, Kanye reminisces on meeting President Obama, and being called a “jackass” by the president. “I just think that we were in a period where he had so much stuff to deal with, he couldn’t deal with a wild card like me,” he said. “I think that’s too unpredictable. Someone that wasn’t being controlled by strategy and thoughts, but someone who’s acting on feelings.”
Other topics covered during interview include Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Twitter, and more. Charlamagne brings up JAY’s 4:44 lyrics about giving Ye “20 million without blinkin’.” Kanye replies:In addition, Kanye says, “So JAY did something that was positive, but the fact that I didn’t receive the information in the right way.”
Later, Kanye talks about currency (“When I saw Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, that’s when I wanted to use bitcoin. It’s like all the slave movies. Why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you put Michael Jordan on the $20 bill?”), apologizes to Nike, and says he’s building a 300-acre community.
Kanye has also launched a website, “WeGotLove.com.” It features the interview, as well as GIFs of moments from throughout the video.
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