In an interview combining self-aggrandizement with seemingly sincere but vague claims of ideas to help humanity, Kanye West laid out his latest life philosophy to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
In an online clip that included additional content of his appearance on Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” rapper and fashion entrepreneur West, 38, said he’s never regretted any of the rambling, often-bizarre tweets for which he has become known. He conceded that his February tweets to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, asking for a billion dollars to pursue unspecified projects, should have been on Facebook instead.
“Now I understand why he didn’t hit me back,” West said of Zuckerberg not responding. “I understand that Zuckerberg doesn’t use Twitter. Even though I have had dinner with him and his wife, and told them about how I wanted to help the world and he said he’d help me and then blah blah blah.” West went on to say, “I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our 100 years better — period.” He then switched gears to curse paparazzi in a jumble of words about “whatever perception you have of me.”
Calling himself a multidisciplinary artist, he said that, “The exact amount of emotion and color palette and sonics and everything that I put into my music, I put ‘em into the shoes” of his fashion line, Yeezy. He compared himself to the late pop superstar Michael Jackson, saying, “There was a time when Michael Jackson couldn’t get his videos on MTV because he was considered to be ‘urban.’ … So I literally have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors for everyone that will come after I’m gone,” he said.
“I never know what my friend Kanye West is going to say or do on my show, but I always love it when he’s here,” DeGeneres, 58, tweeted. She later added a post with a link to the eight-minute clip, saying, “Kanye West had a lot to say on my show. Like, a lot.”