Kanye West Apologizes for Slavery Comments, Calls Drake Insensitive
Kanye West doesn't do interviews often, but when he does, he doesn't hold back. The Chicago MC stopped by Chi-town local radio station WGCI this morning (Aug. 29) and spoke on a number of topics, during which he apologized for the controversial comments he made about slavery back in May and called Drake "insensitive."
"When we was talking about the Drake thing, it hits me in a really sensitive place 'cause people hang around your family and be in your house and then they get mad about a beat and send purple demon emojis," he begins. Ye goes on to speak about the infamous beef between Pusha-T and Drake, and claims he played no part in it and didn't pass along any damning information about Drizzy to Push.
"It ain't no beef. Ain't nobody got no beef. Nobody going to jail. I'm not calling nobody to do nothing," he continues. "I don't do that. I make beats, I'm here for a reason. The universe is on my side."
"We all got love for Drake. We understand he was upset about it, and I felt it was insensitive of him to stress me out in any way after TMZ while I'm in Wyoming, healing, pulling all pieces together," he continued. The host goes on to ask if he reprimanded Pusha-T for his Drizzy diss track "The Story of Adidon," to which Ye responds that he absolutely didn't.
"I can't tell that man nothing," he says. "He his own man. Just don't bring me into it 'cause that's not what I do."
Additionally, Kanye goes on to discuss the widespread criticism he received after wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and proclaiming his support for President Donald Trump.
"A lot of us as Black people were very upset about the MAGA hat and the stance that you took on Donald Trump," the host says. "How can you feel like you can support Donald Trump when he stands for so many things that are against Black people and our struggle?"
After a very Kanye-esque monologue about how we are all one human race, he eventually clarified his comment apologized to fans who were disappointed in him.
"When I hear anything about an entire powerful group of people being held captive for 400 years, it sounds like a choice to the spirit of Kanye West, which I think is aligned with the spirit of Harriet Tubman," he says.
"I want to take this moment right now to say I'm sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment," he continues. "I'm sorry to people who felt let down by that moment. And also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through. I just appreciate you guys holding on to me as a family. And one thing I got from the TMZ comment—I learned how much Black people love me."
He also addressed the fact that he was seemingly stumped by a question from Jimmy Kimmel when he asked if Donald Trump cares about Black people.
"I feel that he cares about the way Black people feel about him. And he would like for Black people to like him like when he was cool in the rap songs. And he will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he's got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president. and he knows that he can't be the greatest president without the acceptance of the Black community. It's something he's going to work towards."
Ye also got extremely emotional at one point and even teared up when talking about his friend Don C. "I believe the downfall of Kanye West is directly related to Don C not being around," he says before taking a moment to collect himself. "He's actually in town right now, because I told him I need him to be there for me so shit like this don't happen to me."
Watch clips of the interview below.
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