After some minor technical difficulties involving stage production, Kanye West’s Yeezus tour is back on the road.
Before his performance in Philadelphia, the Chicago emcee stopped by Hot 107.9 for an exclusive interview and he talked about his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, fatherhood, and his relationship with his deceased mother, Donda West.
Kanye also broke down his complicated relationship with President Barack Obama. Radio DJs Shamara and Laiya asked the “Black Skinhead” rapper if he could ever sit down and eat dinner with the president if given the opportunity.
Check out his response and why he won’t be mentioning the president’s name anymore in the video below:
Oh, you talking about how he use to come and visit me and my mama and tell me he’s about to run for president? I just think that we’re pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down. People was fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years. “This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on […] just say you hate Kanye and there’s going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye.” That was kind of my position in culture and he kind of used that too. “Oh, he’s a jackass,” because that’s how the world felt.
I don’t care if someone’s the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you helping people and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people. Me, I’m not about me. I’m about I’ve got an idea that people are going to like. Don’t you get frustrated around Christmas time dealing with clothing? Don’t you get frustrated with so many things? That’s Steve Jobs made things easier for people in life.