Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has kept true to reports this week that he would appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after taking personal offense to jokes the late night talk show host recently made about him.
Although not clearly as upset as his recent tweets may have indicated him to be, Kanye made sure to explain what really irked him about Jimmy Kimmel‘s parody.
“Jimmy does his thing. I do my thing. At a certain point, these egos can flare up. We kind of just took it to high school a little bit,” Kanye explained. “If you guys look at the Zane [Lowe] interview, it’s really something extremely fearless for someone in my position to do. Most people bow down to TV, or bow down to these cameras. I could care less about any of these cameras, in all honesty. All I care about is my family. I care about protecting my girl, protecting my baby and protecting my ideas and my dreams and that’s the reason why I went so crazy.” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”)
Yeezy also used the opportunity to boast about how much of a genius he is.
“I’m not running for office. I’m just here to make good music and make people feel good when they hear my music. When I did that interview, I was really vocal about a lot of the things I’ve been dealing with over the past ten years, in classification of just a celebrity, because for me, I’m a creative genius,” Ye added. “There’s no other way to word it. I know you’re not supposed to say that about yourself. I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive. I want to bring more things to the world. I want to help the world.” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”)
Buzz behind Mr. West and Kimmel seeing each other in-person bubbled online earlier this week.
ABC says Kanye West is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show, less than two weeks after the pair got into what Kimmel called a “rap feud.” The musician will be a guest Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the network said Tuesday. In late September, Kimmel’s show aired a skit that mocked a West radio interview by having a child re-create it. West responded with an irate phone call to Kimmel and a series of Twitter messages that labeled the comedian out of line and unfunny. (Fox News)
Clearly in support of Mr. West, G.O.O.D Music’s Pusha T recently explained why Kanye reacted the way he did.
“People just really need to understand that he’s really no nonsense,” explained Pusha. “He’s very passionate about everything he’s telling to the people. Nine times out of 10, he’s enlightening you or showing you the way. I feel like when someone makes light of it, he may take it to heart. I’m Team Kanye. I don’t really care about the other guy.” (Rap-Up)
Asked for a take on Kimmel poking fun at rap pal Yeezy during his recent in-depth interview with BBC Radio 1, Miami rapper Rick Ross had a less than friendly response.
“I really didn’t watch all the interview. I just saw some of the Jimmy Kimmel sh*t. F*ck Jimmy Kimmel. You know we riding with the culture. So, Jimmy Kimmel he ain’t welcome here no more. You understand it? People who cross that line they not welcome no more. But as far as Kanye, I just love his passion. And I feel anybody that love what they do you gotta respect someone that is that passionate about what they do because homie a hundred mill you can just sit back and really don’t give a f*ck, but he actually cares about the culture. He puts that much passion into it.” (MTV)
Check out a portion of Kanye West’s interview: