Kanye West leaves the Royal Geographical Society in central London on Saturday May 21, 2016. West announced he is dropping an album on June 1, and will be releasing a following album with Kid Cudi. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

Kanye West leaves the Royal Geographical Society in central London on Saturday May 21, 2016. West announced he is dropping an album on June 1, and will be releasing a following album with Kid Cudi. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

Kanye West continues to polarize with TMZ interview

Kanye West dropped by the TMZ offices Tuesday for a roller coaster of a visit that touched on everything from Donald Trump and George W. Bush to claiming slavery was a choice, black-on-black violence and West’s newfound “love everyone” mentality.

Declaring he doesn’t have “extremely strong political opinions” feels strange coming from someone who sparked national outrage for donning a Make America Great Again hat, but that’s just what West said in the hourlong interview.

Aside from doubling down on his support for Trump, here’s a few more baffling things the rapper shared with Harvey Levine and company.


In one of the hour’s most intense moments, West recalled his December 2016 meeting with Trump — and said he was “drugged the f — k out” on opioids for the entire meeting.

At one point, West stood and raised his voice to address the entire office, and revealed he had developed an opioid addiction after getting liposuction.

“Two days before [the meeting] I was in the hospital, I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids. I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all,” he said. “I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like y’all called Rob [Kardashian] at the wedding and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want y’all to call me fat, so I got liposuction.”


West famously declared in 2005 that then-President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” at a Hurricane Katrina telethon, but 13 years on, the rapper’s changed his tune.

“Do you know how bad I would want to go to George Bush and say, ‘I’m sorry for hurting you. I was an artist, I was hurting when I went up to the telethon,’” West said. “I said something in the moment but when I look at you as a dad and a family member, I’m sorry for hurting you.”


West isn’t bothered by rapper Daz Dillinger’s call for members of the Crips gang to “f — k Kanye up.”

The rapper said he had recently ended a phone call with J. Cole, and had told his fellow rapper that the Crips were his brothers, and that, if anything, they just wanted to knock some sense into him.

“They’re my brothers, they love me. They don’t want nothing to happen to ‘Ye. They just want to beat some sense into me. I love Daz, I love the Crips, I love the Bloods. I love everyone.”


Conservative commentator Candace Owens also dropped by TMZ — and while West has praised her ideas, he didn’t mind calling her out when she offered a dig at pals John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

“When you put on the hat, that is the most unifying thing I have seen anybody do on either side, and it was perceived as an act of hate, which really tells you where the conscious of America is right now,” she said. “It was the most unifying thing. I thought it was fascinating. I saw the text message from John Legend, and he said, ‘This is hate and could be received like this.’ The most hateful person I have seen on the internet is Chrissy Teigen. What she said to Trump supporters was disgusting. And that’s in his own house.”

West interrupted to say, “I appreciate the free thought, but that’s my friend. That’s our family.”

Owens then apologized.


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