Kanye West’s impassioned live conversation at TMZ headquarters on Tuesday left people with a lot to talk about.
The multi-talented entertainer drew criticism from social media and even one member of the tabloid media company’s staff after saying, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years, that sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years. And it’s all of y’all?
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West stood up and asked the room. “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” replied TMZ‘s Van Lathan.
“While you are making music and being an artist and living a life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of society have to deal with these threats in our lives,” Lathan expressed. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”
West stuck true to his new motto of love and forgiveness, listening to Lathan and then approaching him to say, “I’m sorry I hurt you.”
West also says a medically prescribed opioid addiction played a pivotal role in his public 2016 meltdown.
He admitted he was “drugged the f**k out, bro. I was addicted to opioids and two days after I got off opioids I’m in the hospital.”
So why was the “No Church in the Wild” rapper prescribed such strong painkillers? “I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all,” he addressed the entire room at the tabloid’s office. “I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like you called Rob [Kardashian] fat at the wedding and made him fly home before Kim and I got married.”
“I was taking two pills a day,” West revealed before he cut himself off from the drugs. “When I left the hospital, how many pills do you think I was given? Seven!”
West, 40, said he has weaned himself down to one or two pills a week, but kept taking the drugs out of fear of proving the public right: “Y’all had me scared of myself, of my vision. So I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to the hospital and prove everyone right.”
And he believes the prescription pills, entertainment, and social media are harming not just him, but the entire country. “We are drugged out, we are following other people’s opinions,” he claimed. “We are controlled by the media and today it all changes.”
The 21-time Grammy winner famously cut his “Life of Pablo” tour short in Nov. 2016 due to his hospitalization and erratic behaviour.
The internet was blown away by West’s statement, sharing their reactions on social media.
But Yeezy was not done there, elaborating on his statements in a series of follow up tweets — more than a dozen in fact.
Amid all the backlash, one celeb is sticking by the rapper’s side, Justin Bieber.
The “Sorry” singer took to his Instagram story to show his support to West.
“Our job is to love,” Bieber wrote. “Not to always agree.”
Adding, “Love you Kanye.”