Kanye West Says That His Comments About Slavery Being a “Choice” were Misconstrued

Kanye West spills the beans

Kanye West has given a revealing new interview to the New York Times. In the interview, which was compiled from multiple conversations with New York Times Pop Culture Critic Jon Caramanica, the rapper spoke about a number of things, from his controversial comments about “slavery” being a “choice” to his bipolar diagnosis to the making of Ye, his eighth solo album.  

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On the slavery comment, Kanye says that his words were misconstrued. Kanye tried to clarify his slavery statement by saying:

I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice…I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice. That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works.

WATCH: Kanye West Says 400 Years Of Slavery Was A Choice

Kanye was then asked to clarify if he believes slavery is choice, West said:

What I would say is actually it’s literally like I feel like I’m in court having to justify a robbery that I didn’t actually commit, where I’m having to somehow reframe something that I never said. I feel stupid to have to say out loud that I know that being put on the boat was — but also I’m not backing down, bro. What I will do is I’ll take responsibility for the fact that I allowed my voice to be used back to back in ways that were not protective of it when my voice means too much.

Kanye also spent some time talking politics. Speaking on his support of President Donald Trump, West said:

I hear Trump talk and I’m like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there’s people who like me that don’t like the way it sounds.

When Kanye was asked about some of Trump’s politics, like his Muslim ban, West said “I don’t agree with all of his policies.” Kanye also spoke about feeling pressure to support Hillary Clinton.

Kanye also spoke about the making of Ye, saying that he wrote all lyrics for the album within eight days of the release. He also openly talked about some of the rappers who helped write on the album, from Drake to Consequence to CyHi the Prynce.

Head to the NY Times to check out the entire interview.

Source: NYTimes


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