Kanye Brought *All* of His Thoughts to Ellen: Is This His Most Epic Rant Ever?
The at times controversial rapper discussed anything and everything with Ellen DeGeneres.
On Thursday's episode of the talk show, the always-outspoken rapper used the sit-down with Ellen to rant about... everything. From music to family to anything he could think of, really, over the span of eight minutes, Yeezy got real. First he was asked if he has any regrets about anything he's ever posted on Twitter. (Obviously, he didn't.) "Nope, what's the point of thinking?" he said. He then launched into a one-sided conversation about his philosophies on life and art.
Kanye shared that he thinks, with more funding, he could do more for the human race. "I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people," he pledged. "I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our 100 years better. Period. F*** the paparazzi. Whatever perception you have of me, starting with the truth. Starting with what everyone's thinking. Start there. Put some dope s*** with it. Yeezy is in the building. Put your hands in the air right now."
He added that the world is in a "renaissance period." "We're in a place where people are multi-discipline artists," he said, before talking about his parents and their influence on him. "I care about people. My dad lived in homeless shelters less than five years ago, to find out he's a Psych major. My mom was the first black female chair of the English department at the Chicago State University. I was raised to do something, to make a difference."
He also used the show to comment on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. "I didn't take the Oscars as a joke," he said. "It was the moment like, 'all black actors can talk about the glass ceilings we've dealt with out in this town. You get your night... talk about how many times you've been blocked from being able to excel.' I didn't take it as a joke."
But he wasn't done yet. Kanye then elaborated on his own artistic abilities, before mentioning President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio, naturally. "Don't tell me about being likeable. We got 100 years here. We're one race. Human race. One civilization. We're blip in the existence of the universe. And we're constantly trying to pull each other down, not doing things to help each other. That's my point. It's like, I'm shaking talking about it. I know it's daytime TV. But I feel like I can make a difference while I'm here. I feel that I can make things better through my skillset. I'm an artist… I have a condition called synesthesia where I see sounds. I see them everything that I sonically make is a painting. I see it," he said. "I see the importance. I see the importance in the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life."
He continued, "When I make clothes it's funny because I'm sitting there with Obama and Leo's talking about the environment and I'm talking about clothes, and everyone looks at me like, that's not an important issue or something. But I remember going to school in fifth grade and wanting to have a cool outfit. I called the head of Payless. I'm like, I want to work with you. I want to take all this information from sitting at all these fashion shows… I want to take away bullying."
He ended the diatribe by comparing himself to Michael Jackson. "Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons was the reason I was able to go so far. There was a time when Michael Jackson couldn't get his video on MTV because he was considered to be urban. The Michael Jackson," he said. "So I literally have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors for everyone that will come after I'm gone. After I'm dead. After they call me 'Wacko Kanye.' Isn't that so funny? The people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most? They talk s*** about the people they care about the most? I'm sorry daytime television. I'm sorry for the realness."