Following the release of Kanye West’s hour-long interview with the BBC, the Yeezus rapper was made fun of in a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” skit mocking West’s sit-down with Zane Lowe. The skit also sparked a brief Twitter feud between West and the show’s host, Jimmy Kimmel.
During the taping of the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, a number of artists, including 2 Chainz and B.o.B, came to the support of West. Maybach Music Group helmsman Rick Ross even went on to state that Kimmel is no longer welcomed in the culture.
“I really didn’t watch all the interview. I just saw some of the Jimmy Kimmel shit,” said Ross, while speaking with MTV News. “Fuck Jimmy Kimmel. You know we riding with the culture. So, Jimmy Kimmel he ain’t welcome here no more. You understand it? People who cross that line they not welcome no more. But as far as Kanye, I just love his passion. And I feel anybody that love what they do you gotta respect someone that is that passionate about what they do because homie a hundred mill you can just sit back and really don’t give a fuck, but he actually cares about the culture. He puts that much passion into it.”
As an artist who has received praise from West and was even mentioned by the rapper during his BBC interview, 2 Chainz also gave kudos to the G.O.O.D. Music emcee and expressed appreciation for West noticing his unique qualities as an artist.
“You know, Kanye’s very passionate,” said the B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime rapper. “[For him] just letting his self go to the media like that I think he just has so much information that he wants to deliver. For me, I realize the special qualities I bring to the game although some people don’t. He’s one of the few people that do. I appreciate him greatly.”
B.o.B also chimed in with his thoughts on West as he commented on other artists hitting the barrier the rapper referenced numerous times in his interview.
“I’m glad he said a lot of the shit that he said cause it’s like that for me,” said B.o.B. “I think a lot of artists go through that, that Truman Show type barricade or barrier where you’re trying to get your ideas out, but if they can’t control you they don’t want to support what you’re doing. You know what I’m saying? And that’s for everybody. And I think it’s very important for artists to be proactive and really just be real. Say what the fuck is going on. You got a platform to talk and it’s good that he used that.”
In his interview with the BBC, West referred to himself as the “#1 rockstar on the planet” and stated that his Truman Show boat had hit the wall, a handful of times during the hour-long conversation. In The Truman Show, a character played by Jim Carrey realizes his entire life is a reality show and quite literally hit a wall while on his sailboat as he attempted to escape his scripted reality.
“Well, I’ve reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting,” said West during last month’s interview. “And I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling.”
Released a couple of days after West’s BBC interview went viral, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” skit features two children reenacting a small portion of West’s interview with BBC personality Zane Lowe. Shortly after the episode featuring the clip aired, West expressed his dislike for the skit via Twitter in a series of Tweets aimed directly at Kimmel. West’s Tweets to the late night talk show host have since been deleted.