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Following the release of his new song "Ye vs. the People," Kanye West is opening up to talk about his fondness of Donald Trump, his beef with Jay-Z (which stemmed from his and Beyoncé's absence at Ye and Kim Kardashian's wedding), the fallout from interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, his mental breakdown (which he calls a "breakthrough") and his family.
In a newly published video conversation with Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God, he also confirmed he took offense to former president Barack Obama's calling him a "jackass" following the "Taylor Swift moment."
"You know, he never called me to apologize," Ye said. "The same person that sat down with me and my mom, I think, should’ve communicated to me directly and been like, ‘Yo, Ye, you, you know what it is. I’m in the room and it was just a joke.’”
He also somewhat clarified his apparently nuanced affection for Trump—or rather, the concept of Trump—an unconventional figure who unexpectedly made it to the Oval Office.
"The fact that he won, it proves something. It proves that anything is possible in America—that Donald Trump can be President of America," Ye explained. "When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that ... The Ye version would be the Trump campaign and maybe the the Bernie Sanders principles. That would be my mix and stuff. But I think both are needed.”
Of course, West's return to Twitter, his new music, his long interview and his media omnipresence come ahead of his new album, which is expected to arrive on June 1.
See the full interview below.