Kanye West kept up his non-stop media output by showing up for TMZ Live on Tuesday (May 1), where emotions ran high.
The interview started off with a question about the Make America Great Again hat West was photographed wearing last week but quickly turned into a whole other animal. From scientology and slavery to his admission he was once addicted to opioids, ‘Ye commanded the TMZ newsroom with an impassioned approach to the interview.
“I’m not coming up here to justify anything,” he said. “You can’t tell me nothing. I made the song. You can’t tell me what I’m supposed to do.”
During his diatribe, West said slavery for 400 years sounded like “a choice,” which caused an uproar in the newsroom. TMZ staffer Van Lathan confronted Ye about his views and said seeing West wearing the MAGA hat hurt black people.
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“I think what you’re doing right now is actually an afterthought,” Lathan said. “”Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything you just said.”
He continued, “And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
It ended with West hugging Lathan and preaching love at Lathan’s desk.
“Sorry I hurt you with my words,” he concluded.
Elsewhere in the interview, West admitted he was addicted to opioids prior to his hospitalization for a mental breakdown in 2016.
“I was on opioids,” he shouted. “Two days after I get off opioids, I’m in the hospital. Everyone listen to this. Two days before I went into the hospital, I was addicted to opioids. I was trying to look good for y’all … I didn’t want y’all to call me fat so I had liposuction.”
He also doubled-down on his love for Donald Trump and said, “My righteous point of view is free thought,” he said. “I’ve never been into politics. I just love Trump. That’s my boy.”
‘Ye also talked about Daz Dillinger putting a “Crip Alert” on him.
“I see Crips have a hit on Kanye West,” he said. “I was like, ‘This is like a Malcolm X movie. They really going to send someone to kill me.’ But then I saw it was something like they were going to beat me up. That’s so dope. They love me. Daz love me and I love Daz.”
The Life Of Pablo rapper added, “You can live through an ass whooping. The idea is probably to beat sense into me.”
From there, Ye was joined by conservative commentator Candace Owens who West voiced his support for on Twitter earlier this month.