An hour-and-45 minute conversation with the “Breakfast Club” host
In his recent controversial Twitter storm, Kanye West showed support for Trump, criticized Obama, donned a signed MAGA hat, and revealed an interview with Power 105.1’s Charlamagne tha God. He said they talked about “Jay Virgil Obama Trump and Mental Health.” Now, that interview has surfaced. Watch it below.
https://t.co/V7ZeBuufOB Charlamagne interview
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
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.”
Chance the Rapper, Janelle Monáe, Stephen Colbert, and many others have spoken up against or in defense of Kanye’s recent behavior. “Black people don’t have to be democrats,” Chance tweeted.
Kanye recently released a new single featuring T.I. called “Ye vs. the People,” in which he discusses Obama, Trump, and the concept of “Make America Great Again” amongst other political topics. He also dropped a short, nonsensical track called “Lift Yourself” on his website. His new seven-track solo record is due June 1.
Kanye said that the album artwork will be a photo of surgeon Jan Adams—he was the doctor who performed cosmetic surgery on Kanye’s late mother, Donda West, before she died (possibly from postoperative factors). Adams subsequently responded.