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​Kanye West: “Best believe I'm gonna take the stigma off the word crazy"

Charlamagne sits down with Kanye West for a detailed and divulging interview

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 1 May 2018
​Kanye West: “Best believe I'm gonna take the stigma off the word crazy"

Kanye West’s braggadocios return to Twitter and the flurry of controversial statements that he’s expressed through the social media platform has transformed into a media frenzy of epic proportion. From the exciting news that he will be producing Nas’ forthcoming album to his vexing assessment that he and Donald Trump both have “dragon blood”, it seems as though the public cannot get enough of this colossal hip hop artist’s ramblings, outrage, love, wisdom and wit.

In a new interview, Kanye West sits down with fellow rapper Charlamagne Tha God for a tell all conversation regarding his recent inflammatory comments, his relationship with Jay Z and Beyonce, the "mental breakthrough" he experienced in 2016, his forthcoming albums and his opinion on President Obama and President Trump.

When speaking on his hospitalization in 2016, West tells Charlamagne "I think I'm in a stronger place than I ever was, after the breakdown or as I like to say, the breakthrough." He goes on to tell the rapper that he is aiming to "take the stigma off the word crazy" and "change the stigma of mental health". He further admits that he is currently on medication, which he calls "an imperfect solution to calm me down."

As the interview continues, Kanye West discusses his past relationship with President Obama and clarifies his position on on President Trump. He admits that he felt “hurt” when Obama told the world that he was a “jackass.” He goes on to call out Obama for never making any progress in their shared hometown of Chicago - a city which has notoriously become the US’ murder capital. Kanye also address Obama in the video directly, saying: "You know I'm your favorite, but I'm not safe. But that's why you love me. So just tell me you love me, and tell the world you love me. Don't tell the world I'm a jackass. I'm fighting hard enough."

When speaking on President Trump and his visit to Trump Towers, he tells Charlamagne that he wanted to meet with the President-elect in 2017 to “talk about Chicago first”. He goes on to say, “I’m not gonna let myself off easy by saying, oh I met with Trump cause I was going through something. I ain’t gonna give the universe that. Nah, Ima face it, and they gonna face me.”

Getting to the crux of the controversy he has created over the past few weeks, Kanye states: "There will be mistakes, there will be flaws in the way I communicate. Because we’re human beings, we’re flawed. I’m not media trained. I’m not studied in that. I’m not trying to say the right thing. I’m just trying to say exactly what I feel out of love."

West ends the interview talking to Charlamagne on the top of a hill of his new 300 acre property in California during golden hour, telling him that he is building "five properties" which will eventually become "his very first community." The interview ends with Kanye West saying "We’re going to develop cities."

Check out the full 105-minute interview below.

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