Kanye West has apologized for suggesting that slavery was a “choice” during a conversation with reporters from TMZ earlier in the summer.
When speaking with DJ’s from 107.5 WGCO Radio, the controversial figure apologized for his remarks on the slave trade as well as his fashion choice – wearing a Donald Trump “MAGA” hat when he spoke with TMZ in May.
Now, the Chicago native says his outburst and downfall was the result of his now-diagnosed bipolar disorder and being surrounded with people who didn’t have his best interest at heart during his slavery remark.
“I had people with me at TMZ that could have stopped it. They could have said ‘Yo this is going too far,’” Kanye West said.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel,” he stated. “I’m sorry for the one-two of the MAGA hat into the slavery comment. And I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment,” he continued.
“I need y’all as a city [Chicago] to just have my back and I promise you, you gon’ see a new ‘Ye. You gon’ feel the impact of the new relationships and the new ideas and exposure that I’ve gathered. It’s about to be applied now,” he added.
Kanye West called the incident a learning experience that showed “how much black people count on me and depend on me” and promised he is turning over a new leaf.
“There is a new Kanye West that you are going to see that is going to be better because of this mental health situation, that is going to be better because of this TMZ situation,” he said.
During the wide-ranging interview on Wednesday, the “Ye” rapper also discussed his love of President Donald Trump to his alleged beef with Drake (which West denied).
Kanye West was also given the chance to answer Jimmy Kimmel’s question on why he thought Trump cared about black people, referring to his infamous 2005 comment directed at former President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
after a lengthy pause (similar to his long delay on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) West offered his long-awaited take.
“I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs,” West said.
“(Trump) wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community.”