Kanye West suggests slavery was a ‘choice’ in heated TMZ segment

By Nicole Gallucci

Kanye West is back in the public eye, and he doesn’t seem eager to leave any time soon.

Over the past few weeks, the rapper has created some serious buzz by returning to Twitter to reveal his extreme thoughts on life and politics, interact with Donald Trump, share some private text messages, and drop a bunch of album release dates, including his own. Today he implied slavery was a choice. Seriously.

Last weekend he released a song about poop and another about politics, and on Tuesday he decided to keep the controversy coming when he stopped by TMZ offices to chat about light topics like Donald Trump, slavery, and freedom of thought.

TMZ shared a highlight video of the Kanye conversation, in which the rapper can be heard explaining his MAGA hat, the political messages he’s sending, and why he believes slavery is a choice.

“We don’t know how to think for ourselves, we don’t know how to feel for ourselves. People say feel free but they don’t really want us to feel free,” West said, when asked to explain his political beliefs. “I feel a freedom in first of all just doing something that everybody tells you not to do.”

“I just love Trump, that’s my boy,” Kanye went on passionately. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”

The rapper then shared some thoughts on slavery, saying he believes we’re all mentally restricted today. 

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice,” he said. “We’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison cause slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks.”

Naturally, that didn’t sit too well with many. As Kanye continued to discuss the concept of freedom, he began walking around and raising his voice to address the entire newsroom. TMZ’s Van Lathan then stood up from his seat to fire back at the rapper and things got a bit heated.

“Frankly, I’m disappointed. I’m appalled. And brother, I’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real,” Lathan said to the rapper.

Ye apologized to Lathan for hurting him.

UPDATE: May 1, 2018, 4:37 p.m. PDT West attempted to clarify his thought process with a series of tweets on Tuesday.

to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

Kanye vs the media is modern day Willie Linch theory.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

they hung the most powerful in order to force fear into the others.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

they can no longer stop our voice.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

the Nat Turner movie never made it anywhere because it showed slaves revolting. I understand why my god brother Puff calls his network revolt.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

Kayne also posted a nearly two hour long interview online earlier today — in case you are dying to hear more of his extremely controversial thoughts.

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