When Kanye West speaks or tweets, everyone pays attention.
Once again, West has left everybody enthralled when he sat down with Ellen on the Thursday episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. West went on a long diatribe, talking about a wide variety of things, including Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to accept his proposal to invest $53 million in his ideas, the Oscars, the truth, and how he wants to put a stop to bullying, among other things, as reported by Entertainment Tonight.
It all started when Ellen asked Kanye if he has ever regretted any of his tweets, joking that his wife Kim should appoint a board of directors that will filter out tweets that aren’t acceptable, to which Kanye confidently replied, “Absolutely not.”
After being pressed if West should have thought about any of his tweets before sending them, West asked a rhetorical question that had the audience cheering: “What’s the point of thinking?”
West also admitted that asking Mark Zuckerberg to invest $53 million in his ideas via Twitter was a big mistake.
“I should have put it on Facebook,” West said with a knowing smile on his face. “Now I understand why he didn’t hit me back.”
West also went on to explain how his proposal to Mark Zuckerberg can benefit human kind’s existence “within our hundred years.”
“I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people,” West said, explaining why he asked Zuckerberg for $53 million. “I have ideas that can make the human race’s existence, within our hundred years, better.”
“I understand that Zuckerberg doesn’t use Twitter, even though I have had dinner with he and his wife and told him about how I wanted to help the world and he said he’d help me and blah blah blah,” he added.
Kanye also briefly discussed the “Oscars So White” movement, saying, “It was like the moment, you know, all black actors can talk about the glass ceilings we’ve dealt with out in this town.”
“You get this night, go ahead. Chris Rock is going to do it, bam. Talk about how many times you’ve been blocked from being able to excel. I didn’t take it as a joke, it ain’t no joke as Rakim said,” he added.
The “Ultralight Beam” singer then quoted Rakim’s “I Ain’t No Joke.” He also cited the late Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest as one of his early influences.
Kim Kardashian’s husband continued to gesticulate while delivering his monologue, saying he doesn’t care much about the sales of his albums and that connecting with people is more important. He then touched on influential artists that are already deceased.
“Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living that you can mention in the same breath as them,” West added.
West also mentioned the merits of being a real artist, and how one can use art to make a difference. Of course, Kanye delivered this message in the only way he knows how.
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“We’re in a renaissance period. We’re in a place where people are multi-discipline artists,” Kanye said. “We’re not in a place where people can only have one career or one profession throughout their entire life.”
Kanye revealed that he has synesthesia, a neurological condition that allows him to see sounds.
Somehow he was able to touch on the subject of Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, the environment, and fashion in just one sentence.
“It’s funny because I was sitting there with Obama and Leo’s [DiCaprio] is talking about the environment and I’m talking about clothes, and everyone looks at me like that’s not an important issue or something,” he gesticulated.
And then out of nowhere, he suddenly mentioned his desire to buy all expensive clothes and “to take away bullying,” which drew an applause from the audience.
“But I remember going to school in fifth grade and wanting to have a cool outfit. I called the head of Payless and I said “I want to work with you, I want to take all this information that I’ve learned from sitting at all these fashion shows and knocking down all these doors and buying all these expensive clothes and I want to take away bullying.”
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