Kanye West Reaffirms Trump Support / Says “Kobe Was Basketball Version of Me”

Published: Wednesday 15th Apr 2020 by Rashad

Look inside for highlights from the sit down:

 

ON “AMBITION”:

“The word ambitious is not allowed to be used around me. Kanye West is nothing if not ambitious. Because ambition, when I hear it, it says that it seems like it’s almost impossible.

…it’s something about the word ambitious that makes me feel like I’m young Venus Williams doing the TV interview when her dad had to come and defend her. If you say, “Yo, it’s ambitious,” I need Venus and Serena Williams’s dad to run up and say, “How you going to say it’s ambitious? He said he was going to do it!” Have I ever not done anything I said I was going to do? I made it back from addiction, I beat the predictions, brought real to the fictions—that’s off the new album.”

 

ON KOBE BRYANT:

“One thing I thought was really amazing is that we were able to find a groove with the photographs today even as out of it as I was with the loss of Kobe. We were able to just go to the court and play ball. There’s one street that I drive to go from either my office or my home to the property where the domes were built. [Editor’s note: The street is Las Virgenes Road, the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people just four days prior.] So now there’s no way for me not to be as determined as Kobe every time I drive down that street. It’s game time. There’s no move that we can’t make, or that we’ll wait to make. Everyone in our life is now a member of the Lakers on one of Kobe’s championship teams. The way that Kobe would say that we all have to come together and win this championship is the way I look at life now. To an infinite, other level.

This is a game changer for me. He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts! We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together.”

 

ON VOTING FOR TRUMP:

“Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from. They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on. [laughs]

‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’ is a victim statement. This white person didn’t do something for us. That is stemmed in victim mentality. Every day I have to look in the mirror like I’m Robert De Niro and tell myself, “You are not a slave.” As outspoken as I am, and the position that I am in, I need to tell myself.Black people are controlled by emotions through the media. The media puts musicians, artists, celebrities, actors in a position to be the face of the race, that really don’t have any power and really are just working for white people. When it’s said like that, it’s kind of obvious, right? We emotionally connect to someone of our color on TV and feel that this person is speaking for us. So let me say this: I am the founder of a $4 billion organization, one of the most Google-searched brands on the planet, and I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color.

And we know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over”

 

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Click here to see the interview in full.

[photos courtesy:  Tyler Mitchell / GQ]

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  1. Perfection is so…mhph ?? April 15, 2020

    TGJ….please. Please stop covering this man.

  2. Nicky April 15, 2020

    Dear Grown Man,

    I was taught in first grade that you don’t end a sentence with a preposition.

    Money will never buy class or intellect.

    • Only Facts April 15, 2020

      Yassss! ?

  3. Only Facts April 15, 2020

    Eat your pills and STFU, Kanye.

  4. Bettie clayton April 15, 2020

    TRUMP WOULD DO BETTER WITH BLACK VOTERS WITHOUT THIS PEICES 9F NUT CASE FINGERS IN THE BOOTY AZ BOTCH??????

  5. Clarkson April 15, 2020

    Black people are sheep

    Obama who didnt do shìt for anybody has told yall to vote for creepy joe and many of u are gonna obey cause u cant think for urself

    Dear black people, Democrats are not ur friends. They dont give a shìt about u.

    • Nicky April 15, 2020

      No clown.

      Camicky doesn’t give a s*** about you. Now take your head out her a*** and read a book.

      Be Gone Loser.

      • Clarkson April 15, 2020

        Gurl I know ur hurt
        U put all ur hope and faith in dua lipa but she ended up selling 18k in pure sales, so now u mad.
        Lol

        Take your L

        Look at onlyshìts, he has taken his L
        He has eaten humble pie and he is quiet. Lol

        Brle like onlyshìts, take ur L in peace
        Lol

    • Bogus April 15, 2020

      And what have republicans done for us? What has trump done to improve your life ??

  6. Tyty April 15, 2020

    If he wants to vote for trump at this point who cares!! It’s his choice. However I do agree with him on the victim hood mentality. But a majority of black people are now waking and realising we’ve got no friends. His bipolar and narcissism distorts his message somewhere in there his dropping little gems.

  7. J April 15, 2020

    So many problems within this post

  8. eric April 15, 2020

    He’s aware of his history and influence in the black community and he continues to use that to the will of his white friends and associates while using this article to criticize blacks for listening to any “face of the race”. He’s wrong for that. Kanye is still the white man’s puppet, and he’ll be put in his place like they did Steve Harvey if he continues to talk like he’s in total control of what he does and when he does it.

  9. Shayla Queen ? April 15, 2020

    Anyone that speaks sense is labelled crazy these days. Go Kanye!

  10. Edward Norton April 15, 2020

    Go Kanye !!

  11. Blabla bla April 16, 2020

    Kanye Kardashian

  12. PinotNoir April 16, 2020

    He’s got daddy issues. God issues. And Kardashues. He might be transracial.

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