When asked to speak on rapper Kanye West’s string of recent outbursts, comedian Kevin Hart expressed familiarity with the Windy City emcee’s recent circumstances and expressed his belief that everyone has a breaking point. Hart, who says Kanye is a friend of his, revealed that he too has had his own Kanye moment, but did so in front of people who wouldn’t later judge him.
“I think everybody has a breaking point,” said Hart. “It’s just where you choose to have that breaking point. I’ve had those breaking points. It’s just been around people that are comfortable enough with me where they can hear the breaking point and not judge me by it later. But I don’t judge Kanye or hold anything against him. He’s a passionate guy. If anything that you can say, take the fact that he’s passionate. I know him. He’s a friend of mine. He’s like that with everything. He puts his passion into his work.”
Hart later commented on what he feels is the reason behind Ye’s rants, specifically those aimed at the fashion industry. According to the comedian, Kanye has found himself in a “rage of passion” because he feels that no one has given him a chance or understands his passion.
“Right now, this clothing thing is pissing him off,” said Hart. “Cause he wants somebody to understand that he is passionate about it, he knows what he’s talking about. ‘Gimme the chance.’ He feels like nobody will. And it’s coming off in a rage of passion. Anybody who says anything that is not remotely close to understanding what he is saying or trying to execute is getting the—they’re getting the ‘ahh!’ But it’s—I get where it’s coming from, man. At the end of the day, take from it from what he’s really trying to express. And it’s just that ‘Hey, I really love what I’m talking about. I really want to do and execute what it is that I’m talking about.’”
Over the past few months, Kanye has used his Yeezus tour to air out his frustrations with the fashion industry and more. Most recently, the rapper criticized those responsible for choosing the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards when it was revealed that he only received two nominations.
“So, when the Grammy nominations come out and Yeezus is the Top 1 or 2 albums on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys,” said Ye. “What are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that some way that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment…People come to me and they congratulate me on those two nominations. Fuck those nominations.”
Kanye received Grammy nominations for both Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.