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Kanye West feels his slavery comments were misconstrued: 'I never said it's a choice'

Kanye West opens up about everything, the slavery comments, his album, and his mental health in a new interview.


Emily Treadgold


Kanye West has been grinding away in Wyoming. He's released Pusha-T's DAYTONA, his own album Ye, his collab with Kid Cudi, the new Nas album, and a project from Teyana Taylor.

 

He also stirred up a good amount of controversy with two huge video interviews, one with Charlamagne Tha God in Wyoming, and one with TMZ where he made remarks about slavery being a choice. The rapper refers to those interviews as a funeral. 

 

 

"I think it was totally beautiful, both of them," West said in a new interview with the NYT. "The Charlamagne one was like the most beautiful funeral youve ever been to, and you close the casket, and say this is done."

I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds sounds like a choice to me, I never said its a choice. I never said slavery itself like being shackled in chains was a choice. Thats why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works.

In the same interview with the New York Times, West talks about these moments and his new work.

"I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years soundssoundslike a choice to me, I never said it's a choice," he explains. "I never said slavery itselflike being shackled in chainswas a choice. That's why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works."

West was asked about his support for Trump and maintained that he doesn't agree with everything Trump stands for, sharing, "Having a political opinion that's overly informed, it's like knowing how to dress, as opposed to being a child'I like this,' I hear Trump talk and I'm like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there's people who like me that don't like the way it sounds."

 

As for his album, Ye, the father of three said he wrote the lyrics within eight days of the release.

 

He opened up about his suicidal thoughts on the first track "I Thought About Killing You" and said, "I'm just having this epiphany now, cause I didnt do it, but I did think it all the way through. But if I didnt think it all the way through, then its actually maybe more of a chance of it happening."

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