Jimmy Kimmel’s Full Interview with Kanye West

Jimmy Kimmel’s Full Interview with Kanye West


OUR FIRST GUEST IS ONE OF THE
MOST TALENTED MEN IN THE WORLD.
HE IS A MULTI-AWARD-WINNING
RECORDING ARTIST, FASHION
DESIGNER AND SHOE SALESMAN.
HIS NEW ALBUM IS CALLED “YE.”
PLEASE WELCOME KANYE WEST.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>>Jimmy: FIRST OF ALL — THANKS
FOR BEING HERE AND THANK YOU FOR
THE SHOES.
NOBODY EVER BRINGS ME SHOES, YOU
BROUGHT ME SHOES, THAT’S VERY
NICE OF YOU, VERY KIND.
I’LL TELL YOU A STORY AND THIS
IS HONESTLY TRUE.
THE LAST TIME, A FEW YEARS AGO
YOU SENT ME A PAIR OF YEEZYS.
I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD MORE
PEOPLE COME UP AND TALK TO ME
THAN WHEN I WAS WALKING AROUND
IN THEM TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS
LIKE, THIS IS CRAZY, I’VE GOT TO
GET THESE OFF, PEOPLE ARE
CHASING ME.
I’M WORRIED PEOPLE ARE GOING TO
BEAT ME UP AND TAKE THESE.
USUALLY PEOPLE WAIT — I’VE SEEN
THEM SLEEPING ON THE STREET
WAITING FOR THESE SHOES.
IS THAT FOR YOU MORE REWARDING
THAN HEARING PEOPLE SAY THEY
LIKE YOUR MUSIC?
>>BOTH.
>>Jimmy: IT’S BOTH, YEAH.
SOMETIMES IT’S LIKE THE THING
YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO HEARING
AND YOU START HEARING SOMETHING
ELSE, AND IT’S MORE EXCITING TO
HEAR SOMETHING ELSE.
BUT NOT FOR YOU.
>>YEAH, WHEN YOU GO OUT AND DO
CREATIVE JOURNEYS, IT IS
EXCITING FOR PEOPLE TO
APPRECIATE THAT.
>>Jimmy: YEAH.
>>ESPECIALLY IF PEOPLE, YOU
KNOW, DIDN’T THINK THAT IT WAS
POSSIBLE.
LIKE WHEN I STARTED OFF IN
CHICAGO AS AN ARTIST.
AS A — I’M A VISUAL ARTIST, I
WENT TO ART SCHOOL.
>>Jimmy: RIGHT.
>>AND I DECIDED TO START DOING
MUSIC AND PEOPLE SAID IT
WOULDN’T WORK OUT.
THEN I STARTED PRODUCING AND
SELLING BEATS AND I STARTED
SELLING BEATS TO JAY-Z, ROCKA
FELLA AND THAT WENT WELL.
I SAID I WANTED TO RAP AND
PEOPLE SAID THAT WOULDN’T WORK,
PRODUCER RAPPER, IT MEANT YOU
WOULDN’T RAP AS WELL AS THE REAL
RAPPERS.
THAT STARTED WORKING OUT.
I SAID I WANTED TO DESIGN CLOSES
AND THAT STARTED WORKING OUT.
>>Jimmy: WHAT’S THE NEXT —
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?
>>WELL —
>>Jimmy: SPACE FORCE?
[ LAUGHTER ]
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>I WOULD TOTALLY BE INVOLVED.
>>Jimmy: YOU SHOULD DESIGN THE
UNIFORMS FOR THE SPACE FORCE.
[ LAUGHTER ]
IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD
DO IF PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED YOU
TO DO THAT?
>>I’M INTO DESIGNING.
>>Jimmy: YEAH, WHY NOT.
[ LAUGHTER ]
YOUR WIFE WAS HERE LAST WEEK —
>>SPACE FORCE!
>>Jimmy: OH MY GOODNESS.
SOMEBODY PUT A LEASH ON HIM,
WILL YOU?
YOUR WIFE WAS HERE LAST WEEK.
AND SHE’S VERY NICE.
AND SHE DID SOMETHING I WOULD
IMAGINE YOU’RE VERY PROUD OF.
SHE WENT TO WASHINGTON, SHE
SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT, AND SHE
ACTUALLY CONVINCED HIM TO GRANT
CLEMENCY TO A WOMAN WHO GOT LIFE
IN PRISON, LIKE REAL LIFE IN
PRISON, FOR A FIRST-TIME DRUG
OFFENSE.
WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU DISCUSSED
WITH HER BEFORE SHE DID IT?
>>SHE’S SUPER PASSIONATE ABOUT
IT.
AND IT WAS AMAZING FOR TO SEE
THAT DREAM COME TRUE.
>>Jimmy: WERE YOU EVER
CONCERNED ABOUT HER BEING ALONE
IN THE OVAL OFFICE WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP?
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>WELL, HE IS A PLAYER.
[ LAUGHTER ]
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>Jimmy: PEOPLE GOT REALLY MAD
WHEN YOU WERE — WELL, SOME
PEOPLE WERE VERY HAPPY WHEN YOU
SAID YOU LIKED PRESIDENT TRUMP.
DO YOU LIKE — DO YOU THINK HE
IS A GOOD PRESIDENT?
>>YOU’RE GOING TO ASK ME — CAN
I ANSWER THE FIRST QUESTION?
>>Jimmy: ANSWER WHATEVER YOU
WANT.
>>WELL, YOU KNOW — IT’S FUNNY,
YOU KNOW.
IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN,
THERE’S TWO MAIN MOTIVATING
FORCES.
AND I TWEET ABOUT IT ALL THE
TIME.
IT’S LOVE OR FEAR.
AND YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN LOVE.
YOU KNOW, MY COUSIN IS LOCKED UP
FOR MURDER.
AND I LOVE HIM.
SO HE DID A BAD THING BUT I
STILL LOVE HIM.
AND JUST AS A MUSICIAN,
AFRICAN-AMERICAN, GUY OUT IN
HOLLYWOOD, ALL THESE DIFFERENT
THINGS, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE
AROUND ME TRIED TO PICK MY
CANDIDATE FOR ME.
AND THEN TOLD ME EVERY TIME I
SAID I LIKED TRUMP THAT I
COULDN’T SAY IT OUT LOUD OR MY
CAREER WOULD BE OVER, I’D GET
KICKED OUT OF THE BLACK
COMMUNITY BECAUSE BLACKS ARE
SUPPOSED TO HAVE A MONOLITHIC
THOUGHT, WE CAN ONLY BE
DEMOCRATS AND ALL.
SO — EVEN WHEN I SAID IT RIGHT
BEFORE I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL
AND I EXPRESSED MYSELF, AND WHEN
I CAME OUT I HAD LOST MY
CONFIDENCE.
SO I DIDN’T HAVE THE CONFIDENCE
TO TAKE ON THE WORLD AND THE
POSSIBLE BACKLASH.
AND IT TOOK ME A YEAR AND A HALF
TO HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO STAND
UP AND PUT ON THE HAT.
NO MATTER WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES
WERE.
AND WHAT IT REPRESENTED TO ME IS
NOTHING ABOUT POLICIES BECAUSE
I’M NOT A POLITICIAN LIKE THAT,
BUT IT REPRESENTED OVERCOMING
FEAR AND DOING WHAT YOU FELT, NO
MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAID, IN
SAYING, YOU CAN’T BULLY ME.
LIBERALS CAN’T BULLY ME, NEWS
CAN’T BULLY ME, THE HIP-HOP
COMMUNITY, THEY CAN’T BULLY ME.
AT THAT POINT, IF I’M AFRAID TO
BE ME, I’M NO LONGER YE.
THAT’S WHAT MAKES YE.
I ACTUALLY QUITE ENJOY WHEN
PEOPLE ACTUALLY ARE MAD AT ME
ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS —
>>Jimmy: YOU MUST ENJOY IT,
YEAH.
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>I ACTUALLY QUITE ENJOY IT.
>>Jimmy: BECAUSE YOUR WIFE WAS
MAD AT YOU, RIGHT?
ACCORDING TO YOUR SONG, YOUR
WIFE WAS UPSET ABOUT THAT.
>>RIGHT OR WRONG, OR EVEN IF I
CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT IT OR
THOUGHT ABOUT IT MORE, WHICH I’M
NOT SAYING I DID — JUST PLACE
THE THOUGHT OUT THERE THAT
EVERYONE’S BAD THINKING
SOMETIMES.
GALILEO, THEY WENT TO CHOP HIS
HEAD OFF FOR SAYING THAT THE
EARTH — WHAT DID HE SAY?
THE SUN REVOLVED AROUND THE
EARTH?
VICE VERSA.
>>Jimmy: RIGHT.
>>SO WHEN YOU HAVE MODERN —
>>Jimmy: BUT THE SUN —
>>I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE
SPECIFICS, SIR.
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>Jimmy: RIGHT, RIGHT.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>Jimmy: DO YOU EVER REGRET
ANYTHING YOU SAY?
OR IS IT JUST — YOU LOOK AT IT
LIKE, HEY, I PUT IT OUT THERE,
IT’S OUT THERE, THERE’S NO POINT
IN REGRETTING IT?
>>I THINK PEOPLE FOCUS TOO MUCH
ON THE PAST AND FOCUS TOO MUCH
ON REGRET.
EVEN LIKE WHEN YOU DEAL WITH
SCHOOLS.
LIKE YOU TAKE LIKE THE SLAVE
IDEA.
MY POINT IS, I’VE HEARD OF
HISTORY CLASS.
I’VE NEVER HEARD OF A CLASS THAT
BREAKS DOWN HOW YOU, YOU KNOW,
BALANCE A CHECKBOOK OR HOW YOU
CONTROL YOUR FINANCES, WHICH MY
FATHER NEVER TAUGHT ME THAT.
AND I’VE NEVER HEARD OF A FUTURE
CLASS.
SO THEY KEEP US SO FOCUSED ON
HISTORY THAT WE START TO BELIEVE
THAT IT ACTUALLY REPEATS ITSELF.
AND WE BECOME OVERLY
TRADITIONAL.
AND WE CAN’T ADVANCE AS A RACE
OF BEINGS.
WE GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN THE PAST
AND WHAT EVERYONE’S SAYING AND
WHAT EVERYONE’S TWEETING.
AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO
BE FEARLESS ENOUGH TO BREAK THE
[ BLEEP ] SIMULATION.
WHEN I SAY SIMULATION, THAT’S
WHAT I MEAN BY S♪IMULATION.
SORRY, I KNOW YOU GUYS WANTED TO
CLAP BUT EVERYTHING I’M GOING TO
SAY IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.
[ LAUGHTER ]
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
HERE’S THE IDEA WHY YOU’RE IN A
SIMULATION.
LET’S START WITH ACTING, FIRST
OF ALL.
A 2-YEAR-OLD SCREAMS AT A
RESTAURANT, THE ENTIRE
RESTAURANT SCREAMS, TEACH THAT
KID HOW TO ACT.
WE’RE ALL UNPAID ACTORS IN SOME
GIANT SCRIPT THAT WE DIDN’T
WRITE.
SIMULATION.
A 2-YEAR-OLD JUMPS ON A COFFEE
TABLE AND SOMEONE SAYS, THAT’S A
COFFEE TABLE, DON’T JUMP ON
THAT.
SO IT WENT FROM BEING SOMETHING
THAT MAKES HIM FEEL LIKE
SUPERMAN, HE’S GOT HIS CAPE ON,
TO SOMETHING WHERE HE HAS TO
THINK ABOUT IN THE PERSON’S LIKE
A FAMILY MEMBER, HE’S 2 YEARS
OLD, DOESN’T GIVE A [ BLEEP ]
ABOUT A COFFEE OR A TABLE.
HE’S STARTING TO LIKE CALCULATE
ALL THESE THINGS.
BY THE TIME YOU’RE 40 YEARS OLD
YOU’VE GOT A WALL FULL OF COFFEE
TABLES CALCULATING YOU INTO
CLA
TRAFFIC, CALCULATING YOU INTO
YOUR CAREER CHOICE, CALCULATING
YOU INTO THIS TOWNHOUSE THAT’S
NOT QUITE AS BIG AS THE
TOWNHOUSE NEXT AND IT JUST NEVER
WORKS.
THAT’S THE SIMULATION THAT I’M
TALKING ABOUT.
THAT’S WHAT I MEAN WHEN I SAY
SIMULATION.
>>Jimmy: I THINK I UNDERSTAND
WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.
BUT I MIGHT NOT.
BUT ALSO MAYBE PEOPLE DON’T WANT
THE KID TO GET HURT JUMPING ON
THE COFFEE TABLE, YOU KNOW?
>>WE ARE TOO PROTECTIVE.
WE ALWAYS DON’T WANT SOMEONE TO
GET HURT.
CAN YOU IMAGINE ME TALKING TO MY
PUBLICIST BEFORE I SAY I’M GOING
ON TV AGAIN?
[ LAUGHTER ]
[ APPLAUSE ]
>>Jimmy: YOU SHOULD BE WEARING
A HELMET.
>>I’M GOING ON TV BECAUSE IT’S
AWESOME.
I LOVE JIMMY.
WE CAN HAVE A DIALOGUE ABOUT THE
PRESIDENT AND NOT A DIATRIBE,
YOU KNOW.
IT’S LIKE WE CAN — I GOT THAT
FROM SARAH JESSICA PARKER.
>>Jimmy: IS THAT RIGHT?
>>YES.
[ LAUGHTER ]
SHOUT-OUT.
SHOUT-OUT.
BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK
GETS MISSED ON TMZ IS THE MAIN
THING I WAS STRESSING IS THE
IDEA OF TRYING LOVE.
YOU KNOW, WE’RE ALWAYS, YOU
KNOW — PUSHING OUT SO MUCH HATE
AND LOVE CAN CURE SO MUCH.
JUST TO THINK, AM I MOVING IN
LOVE?
IS THIS OUT OF LOVE?
NOT OUT OF PRIDE.
PRIDE IS A WORD PEOPLE SAY IN A
POSITIVE CONNOTATION, BUT IT’S
ACTUALLY ONE OF THE SEVEN DEADLY
SINS.
IT TAKES TOO MUCH OWNERSHIP.
YOU CAN REPLACE PRIDE WITH LOVE.
AND WHEN I SEE PEOPLE JUST EVEN
LIKE GO AT THE PRESIDENT, IT’S
LIKE, WHY NOT TRY LOVE?
FOR ONE PERSON TO STAND UP
AGAINST ALL ODDS AND JUST HUG
SOMEBODY THE WAY THAT ALICE
JOHNSON HUGGED HER FAMILY WHEN
SHE GOT OUT OF JAIL.
THAT ONE BY ONE BY ONE WE CAN
DEFUSE THIS NUCLEAR BOMB OF HATE
THAT WE’RE IN AS A SOCIETY BY
THINKING OF EVERYONE AS OUR
FAMILY.
AND HOW WOULD WE TREAT OUR KIDS?
HOW WOULD WE TREAT —
>>Jimmy: IPY THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL
THOUGHT BUT IN LITERAL TERMS
THERE ARE FAMILIES BEING TORN
APART AT THE BORDER OF THIS
COUNTRY.
THERE ARE LITERALLY FAMILIES
BEING TORN APART AS A RESULT OF
WHAT THIS PRESIDENT IS DOING.
AND I THINK THAT WE CANNOT
FORGET THAT, WHETHER WE LIKE HIS
PERSONALITY OR NOT, HIS ACTIONS
ARE REALLY WHAT MATTER.
I MEAN, YOU SO FAMOUSLY AND SO
POWERFULLY SAID, GEORGE BUSH
DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.
IT MAKES ME WONDER WHAT MAKES
YOU THINK THAT DONALD TRUMP
DOES, OR ANY PEOPLE AT ALL?
WHY DON’T WE TAKE A BREAK, WE’LL
COME BACK, AND KANYE WEST IS
HERE!
HIS ALBUM IS CALLED “YE.”
WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.
KANYE WEST.
WE JUST GOT THIS MAGAZINE.
“BAZAAR” MAGAZINE.
THERE YOU ARE WITH THE KIDS.
THEY’RE VERY, VERY CUTE.
CLIMBING ON YOUR HEAD.
DO YOU DRESS THEM?
DO YOU DRESS THEM?
DO YOU PICK THEIR OUTFITS?
>>UH-HUH.
>>Jimmy: YOU DO?
IS THAT FUN FOR YOU?
>>UH-HUH.
>>Jimmy: DO YOU DESIGN OUTFITS
FOR THEM?
>>UH-HUH.
>>Jimmy: YOU DO.
[ LAUGHTER ]
DO THEY LOVE THAT?
>>YES.
>>Jimmy: DO THEY UNDERSTAND
THAT PROCESS, THAT YOU DRAW
SOMETHING AND IT BECOMES THEIR
CLOTHES?
>>MY DAUGHTER WENT TO A FASHION
CAMP FOR FIVE DAYS A COUPLE
WEEKS AGO.
AND I VISITED HER, AND WE PUT —
TOGETHER WE PUT THE THREAD
THROUGH THE SEWING MACHINE.
AND IT REALLY BROUGHT ME TO
TEARS TO THINK ABOUT THE 15
YEARS THAT I’VE BEEN WORKING ON
APPAREL AND FOR MY FRIEND VIRGIL
TO BE THE HEAD OF LOUIS VUITTON,
FOR ME TO HAVE THIS, YOU KNOW,
$1.8 BILLION COMPANY OUT OF, YOU
KNOW, A THREAD GOING THROUGH.
AND SHE — MY DAUGHTER ASKED ME,
DADDY, DO YOU HAVE A SEWING
MACHINE LIKE THIS AT YOUR
OFFICE?
AND I BROUGHT HER TO MY OFFICE.
AND SHE DID A BUNCH OF SKETCHES.
AND MY HEAD PATTERN CUTTER MADE
HER DRESSES RIGHT THERE.
>>Jimmy: REALLY.
>>FOR HER.
SO SHE LOVES COMING TO THE
OFFICE AND DOING SKETCHES.
>>Jimmy: BOY, THAT’S SO MUCH
MORE FUN THAN MY DAD’S OFFICE.
[ LAUGHTER ]
ONE OF THE SONGS ON YOUR ALBUM
IS ABOUT — YOU’RE IN THE SONG,
CORRECT ME IF I HAVE ANY OF THIS
WRONG.
YOU’RE IMAGINING YOUR DAUGHTER
AS AN ADULT DATING AND MEN
LOOKING AT HER.
>>UH-HUH.
>>Jimmy: AND YOU’RE VERY, VERY
WORKED UP ABOUT THIS.
>>UH-HUH.
>>Jimmy: PREMATURELY SOME MIGHT
SAY.
DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?
YOU THINK THAT FAR AHEAD?
>>OH, I THINK LIFETIMES AND
LIFETIMES AHEAD.
>>Jimmy: AND THAT — AND YOU
ACTUALLY ARE IMAGINING LIKE GUYS
OBJECTIFYING — DO YOU FEEL LIKE
YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS WOMEN HAS
CHANGED SINCE HAVING DAUGHTERS?
>>NAH, I STILL LOOK AT PORN
HUB.
[ LAUGHTER ]
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>Jimmy: WHAT KIND OF STUFF DO
YOU LOOK AT, WHAT CATEGORIES?
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>BLACK IS MY FAVORITE
CATEGORY.
>>Jimmy: YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO
INTO THAT.
[ LAUGHTER ]
I MEAN, YOU CAN IF YOU WANT.
>>HEY, I MEAN, WHAT’S THE POINT
OF BEING KANYE WEST IF YOU
CAN’T?
>>Jimmy: YEAH, LET’S HAVE IT.
>>A LOT OF BLACK ON WHITE,
OBVIOUSLY.
>>Jimmy: OH, YEAH.
[ LAUGHTER ]
IT’S MIRRORING YOUR OWN SELF,
YOUR OWN SITUATION.
>>MY OWN REALITY.
>>Jimmy: RIGHT.
IT’S LIKE BUBBLY MASTURBATING IN
A WAY IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
>>HOW DO YOU DO THAT?
[ LAUGHTER ]
I NEED THAT DOUBLE —
>>Jimmy: I’LL SHOW YOU AFTER
THE SHOW.
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>NO, I DON’T WANT TO.
>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE SOME REALLY
HEAVY SONGS.
ONE OF THEM IS CALLED “I THOUGHT
ABOUT KILLING YOU.”
IS THAT SONG ABOUT SOMEBODY IN
PARTICULAR?
AND IS IT ME?
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>YOU KNOW, SOMEONE E-MAILED ME
AFTER THAT SONG CAME OUT AND
SAID THAT THEY HAD — THEIR MOM
HAD PASSED AWAY AND THAT THEY
HAD TAKEN 60 PILLS.
AND THAT THEY TRIED TO KILL
THEMSELVES.
AND THEY WROTE AT THE END OF IT,
“PREMEDITATED MURDER.”
SO IT’S —
>>Jimmy: AND THAT IS A REFRAIN,
YOU SAY PREMEDITATED MURDER.
THAT CAME FROM SOMEBODY WRITING
YOU?
>>NO.
AFTER THE SONG CAME OUT.
>>Jimmy: AFTER.
>>BUT SAYING THAT THIS PERSON
TAKING THESE PILLS AND TRYING TO
KILL THEMSELVES WAS A FORM OF
PREMEDITATED MURDER.
>>Jimmy: SURE.
>>AND WHAT I SAID IS LIKE,
PEOPLE ARE SO AFRAID TO FACE
WHAT WE’RE ACTUALLY DEALING
WITH, WHETHER IT’S OPIOID
ADDICTION, WHETHER IT’S SUICIDE,
WHETHER IT’S ALL THESE THINGS.
WE JUST WANT TO LIKE — WE WANT
TO PUT A PATINA ON IT AND NOT
FACE IT.
AND I THINK THE BREAK THROUGH
FOR THAT ALBUM FOR ME — I DON’T
DO OLD VERSIONS OF MUSIC, I’M
LOOKING TO DO SOMETHING NEW.
THE BREAKTHROUGH WAS TO BE ABLE
TO HAVE A SONG CALLED “I THOUGHT
ABOUT KILLING YOU” IN THIS LIKE
SUPER-PC, HOLLYWOOD, YOU CAN’T
SAY NOTHING WRONG DAY AND AGE.
IT’S LIKE, KANYE WEST’S FIRST
SONG 80 THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING
YOU” AND TAKE YOU THROUGH THE
THOUGHTS.
THE OTHER DAY I TWEETED HOW TO
NOT KILL YOURSELF PART 1.
WHEN YOU’RE AN ARTIST AND YOU’RE
CREATIVE AND YOU WANT TO GIVE SO
MUCH TO THE WORLD AGAINST ALL
ODDS THERE’S TIMES WHEN YOU CAN
GO INTO THAT PLACE.
>>Jimmy: CORRECT ME IF I’M
WRONG, BUT THE HOW TO WAS, DON’T
BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU
WANT TO KILL YOURSELF, RIGHT?
>>YES.
>>Jimmy: YEAH.
GOOD ADVICE.
>>THAT WAS THE FIRST ONE.
I WAS INSPIRED AFTER SEEING THIS
ALEXANDER McQUEEN FILM.
THIS WAS A BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING
ARTIST THAT KILLED HIMSELF.
HE’D ALWAYS TALK ABOUT IT.
HE DESIGNED HIS OWN BASKET.
I THOUGHT ABOUT A TOMBSTONE THAT
SAID “ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?”
>>Jimmy: IT’S FUNNY BUT NOT
FUNNY, REALLY, THOUGH.
>>YEAH.
>>Jimmy: BECAUSE, YOU KNOW —
WHEN YOU HAVE THOUGHTS LIKE
THAT, YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND
TALK TO PEOPLE.
>>YEAH.
BUT YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL —
WELL, NOT BE CAREFUL.
JUST BE EXPRESSIVE AND
UNDERSTAND THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE
ARE SENSITIVE PEOPLE.
LIKE YOU GET THESE CELEBRITIES
AND THEY GET A BAD PHOTO AND
EVERYONE JUST TEARS THEM ALL THE
WAY TO SHREDS AND YOU FORGET
THIS IS A DAUGHTER, A SON, A
MOM, A DAD.
AND YOU KNOW, I THINK I FIGHT
FOR — I FIGHT FOR ALL OF US.
>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE A LOT OF
EMPATHY, I GUESS, IF THAT’S THE
WAY YOU’RE THINKING.
>>I DO.
I DO HAVE A LOT OF EMPATHY.
>>Jimmy: YEAH, ALL RIGHT.
>>>WE’RE BACK WITH KANYE WEST.
THIS IS HIS ALBUM CALLED “YE.”
A BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPH.
YOU RECORDED THIS IN JACKSON
HOLE, WYOMING.
YOU PUT OUT FIVE OTHER ALBUMS
WITH OTHER ARTISTS THAT YOU
PRODUCED BASICALLY WITHIN LIKE,
WHAT, A MONTH-LONG PERIOD OF
TIME.
THAT’S A TON OF WORK.
ARE YOU LIKE — ARE YOU A
WORKAHOLIC?
ARE YOU ALWAYS WORKING?
>>NO, I ACTUALLY SLEPT A LOT
DURING THE PROJECT.
>>Jimmy: WHILE THEY WERE
RECORDING?
>>YEAH.
I HAVE A TEAM, WE WORKED
TOGETHER.
I SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF AFTER
I GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL.
AND I WOULD GO TO AMOEBA RECORD
STORE AND START CHOPPING UP
SAMPLES.
IT’S VERY THERAPEUTIC BECAUSE I
WASN’T FULL YE — I DON’T KNOW
IF I’M FULL YE NOW, BETTER OR
WORSE OR WHATEVER.
BUT IT WAS THERAPEUTIC JUST TO
LISTEN TO THOSE SONGS AND SAMPLE
AND GO BACK TO BEING 14 YEARS
OLD AT MY MOM’S HOUSE.
AND BY THE TIME IT’S TIME TO
DO — TO PUT THE ALBUMS OUT, WE
HAVE A WHOLE TEAM AT YEEZY SOUND
THAT WILL HELP COME AND DO THE
DRUMS, HELP WITH LYRICS, HELP
WITH CHORUSES.
I HAD TO GIVE LIKE SIX, SEVEN
PEOPLE IDEAS THAT I WANT ON THE
SONG.
AND I’D JUST GO TO SLEEP AND
JUST WAIT FOR THEM —
>>Jimmy: THEM WORKING WHILE YOU
SLEEP, THAT’S A HARD WORKER
RIGHT THERE.
>>I FEEL LIKE YOU AVOIDED THIS
ALBUM TITLE.
>>Jimmy: OH, YEAH, I DON’T —
“I HATE BEING BIPOLAR, IT’S
AWESOME.”
I HAVE A THEORY ABOUT YOU, TELL
ME IF THIS IS CORRECT.
I FEEL YOU FEEL BY BEING BIPOLAR
IS PART WHAT WAS MAKES YOU
BRILLIANT, PART OF WHAT MAKES
YOU YOU, AND YOU EMBRACE IT.
>>YEAH, I THINK THAT’S ANOTHER
ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE PEOPLE
ARE LIKE, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO
TALK ABOUT IT?
THE FUNNY THING IS, THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT WAS LIKE ON THE
INTERNET BEFORE.
IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY.
BUT IT’S NOT AN OPPOSITE.
IT’S NOT I HATE BEING BIPOLAR.
IT’S AWESOME.
IT ACTUALLY DRIVES MORE OF HOW
YOU REALLY FEEL.
IT DOESN’T DO THE OPPOSITE
THING.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO
HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT, YOU
KNOW — OPEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT
MENTAL HEALTH.
ESPECIALLY WITH ME BEING BLACK.
BECAUSE WE NEVER HAD THERAPISTS
IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
WE NEVER APPROACHED LIKE TAKE A
MEDICATION.
I THINK IT’S GOOD WHEN I HAD MY
FIRST COMPLETE BLACKOUT AT AGE
5, MY MOM DIDN’T FULLY MEDICATE
ME.
BECAUSE I MIGHT HAVE NEVER BEEN
YE.
AND THERE’S TIMES WHERE AT LEAST
I’M HAPPY THAT I KNOW.
LIKE EVEN LIKE FOR THIS
INTERVIEW, I KNEW I WANTED TO
STAY IN A EQUAL STATE.
BECAUSE BY THE TIME I GOT TO TMZ
I WAS RAMPED UP.
WHAT WAS AWESOME IS THE WORLD
GOT TO REALLY EXPERIENCE SOMEONE
IN A RAMPED-UP STATE.
AND THAT’S WHEN YOU GET THESE
COMMENTS THAT JUST SHOOT OUT,
ALMOST LIKE TOURETTE’S.
>>Jimmy: BECAUSE YOU HAVE HIGHS
AND LOWS.
WHEN YOU HAVE A HIGH, YOU’RE ON
A ROLL.
WHEN YOU HAVE A LOW, YOU’RE NOT?
>>WELL, THERE’S SOME CASES OF
BIPOLAR WHERE PEOPLE GO LOW.
I’M ONE THAT GOES HIGH.
>>Jimmy: I SEE.
>>LIKE MICHELLE OBAMA SAID, GO
HIGH.
[ LAUGHTER ]
?
YOU DON’T HAVE EXTREME PERIODS
OF DEPRESSION?
>>OH, NO.
BECAUSE I JUST SAY IT.
I SAY IT ON REAL TV.
OH, I THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING
MYSELF.
THEN THE THOUGHT IS GONE.
>>Jimmy: SO ALL PEOPLE NEED TO
DO IS GET ON TV, THAT’S REALLY
THE SOLUTION.
>>THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO
EXPRESS THEMSELVES WITHOUT FEAR
OF JUDGMENT.
WHAT I LOVE TELLING PEOPLE IS
LIKE, WHO DO YOU KNOW — YEAH,
ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN.
YOU KNOW, I’M 41 YEARS OLD.
AND I DON’T KNOW ANYONE, YOU
KNOW, THAT [ BLEEP ]ED UP AS
MUCH AS I HAVE THAT’S STILL AS
SUCCESSFUL.
I WANT TO PROVE THAT YOU COULD
GET FAT, YOU COULD SAY THE WRONG
THINGS, YOU CAN PISS A WHOLE
[ BLEEP ] CITY OFF —
>>Jimmy: AND BE PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES.
>>WELL — YEAH.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>Jimmy: THERE’S ONE PERSON.
KANYE WEST, EVERYBODY.
THIS IS HIS ALBUM.
IT’S CALLED “YE.”

100 thoughts to “Jimmy Kimmel’s Full Interview with Kanye West”

  1. I think Kanye's heart is in the right place and he just sometimes can't articulate words on what and how he wants to say things which causes him to say or seem controversial.

  2. I have NEVER ever even slightly imagined that this man would open his mouth and I'd hear this. Like wow!! That simulation thing was SO DAMN SMART. I mean, I kinda really got that, it made sense to me. :p and "why not try love?" "and diffuse this nuclear bomb of hate"… like, wow

  3. Jimmy Kimmel says there are families torn apart because of what the president is doing! Can someone help me with an example?

  4. I feel with Kanye that he is searching for oneness in the world. Some of the stuff he says is wild but his intent is pure, he wants people to heal, be better and complete, he's searching for truth.

  5. Lol "We're all unpaid actors in some giant script that we didn't write" Yup, nothing decided everything that will ever happen, and we aint gonna advance til the elites allow it. They're gonna have everyone stuck in the past.

  6. Everybody point of view is important and Kanye does have it. But Bush question hit him Hard .
    History is important and you gotta be on its Right Side .

  7. this guy seems so smart i kinda dont like how smart he is but i still think hes cool and i am very fond of how smart he is i actually like him

  8. No one really understands kanye he is extremely woke . People can't relate to him, his level of understanding is astonishing.

  9. Trump Didn't tear apart those families at border. Those parents did it to themselves. Think about it, if parents commit crimes, then cops come arrest and take those parents away and leave kids in the house, do we say cops tear apart that family?

  10. Jimmy is like hell bent on taking trump out 😂, Jesus, jimmy Fallon doesn't support trump but he still invites him on the show to Crack a few jokes with.

  11. I can see from this interview that the spot light makes people jealous, envious, and basically simple minded. Kanye always has to deal with people like this. His interviewer questions reminds me of that news reporter that shows up at 3:00 am on Christmas Day to ask the most annoying questions possible. Kanye even gave the ingrate a pair of free shoes and still acts like a jerk.

  12. He was 5150 that means he can not own any weapons! Basically ruins your life to live and for background checks! How does he work and live with a 5150?

  13. This dude need to take it easy on his brain thinking too much is unhealthy made him lose his point. Last thing gonna say to him as black people say stay black bro

  14. Anyone else a real over thinker that tries to understand how everything fundamentally works. I feel like Kayne has mastered that in the music and fashion industry

  15. Old kanye was the best and a genius but kanye after Kardashian/ trump is a idiot blabbering stupidity…. Find your way back bro.✌

  16. does anybody else just listen to kanye and hope that he doesn’t say anything that makes him seem TOO crazy because u know possesses one of the greatest minds. he’s so woke that it’s extremely easy for the media to distort his image and it’s truly saddening that the general public will write off everything he’s saying all because of their media induced pre-conceived notion that he’s a lunatic:(( one day everyone will feel stupid for not even attempting to understand the realism that he conveys in his everyday lessons to the world.

  17. He sounds like he's tired of playing the part of a dumb and liberal celebrity. Like he's tired of joking around and being belittled

  18. He is really trying to show what is going on in his head it just seems like he doesnt have the right words to get people to understand

  19. Did I miss something did he answer the question about trump separating families and stuff? And what’s up with his attitude he is an ass! He didn’t like the questions so he’s going to get an attitude !

  20. Ye is the most articulate person thus far…I love his approach towards his life…It's just soo sad that people make money out of him by misinterpreting his opinions to make it controversial…If we just forget the mumbo jumbo in the middle, he's a stand out guy… A good father, a good husband, a good son and in general a proud man (not a proud black man a proud man in general) ❤️

  21. As a 33 year old. I can honestly say nothing he said was profound, new or even his own ideas. I respect him and his philosophies but he is so full of himself and so arogant it really gets in the way of the messages he is trying to preech. Not even hating. Just stating facts.

  22. Kanye is a moron not WOKE he tried to explain on tmz how slavery was a choice in a era in which any an unaccompanied black person not with a white person was taken to jail it was illegal for blacks to read. You could be hanged shot or beaten at random and it was ok by all white American standards not black peoples choice so for him to make that statement he's mentally ill not WOKE he would not be who he is if this was a 1790 America he

  23. Obama separtated families at the border his whole presidency. Trump just continued the policy even when many more people are flooding the border. If you commit a crime do you get separated from your family? There has to be a way to punish those who think that flooding in with their families regardless of our laws and border is OK? As long as they are detained humanely no one gets hurt.

  24. love kanye and his message about love, and ususally i cant stand jimmy kimmel but he made a real question (in the whole interiew, but still) about why would ye think trump cares about black people, or anyone…

  25. Kanye’s heart is in the right place he has lots to say and much of which has a good point to but he just needs to take some time and give some thought to it

  26. Both Trump and Kanye are testaments to the fact no matter how stupid the things that you say may be they'll always be bigger idiots that will applaud, this is why they get along so well.

  27. Kanye is a Creative (we have people we call athletes, singers etc..) his not blessed vocally like your Chris Brown but creativity enables him to create music ,his gift is not his music … its his mind …it has the ability to create things and i really really get him and i hope he knows lots of ppl get him too. The problem is that humans fear what they cant understand and start labeling and in time you'll start believing that you are that word they call you… normal humans should chill and give mutants time to evolve… last this..let me say i loved his train of thought about the 2 year old example, that was really philosophically deep. Jimmys mind couldn't capture that he brushed it of without a clue of what kanye was saying.

  28. Kanye hella fake deep, he really just saying a simple concept in a smart way and you guys are going crazy about it, calling him a genius. He goes in circles, watch the whole thing

  29. In france they cut it to show he s not smart. When you listen all the interview he is very smart and so much more than lot of democrats fixed in their thinking

  30. So Kimmel let me ask you, if your so interested in hate, like kanye said try love. You hold grudges, that dont change america or people you idiot. Think what you just said, let's continue in division. Where has that got america. Hate all you want or hold a grudge all you want, but kanye right, change starts with us, its love. But people like you Jimmy dont start change cause your busy focusing on the negative. If that's your outlook change dont occur stupid

  31. Wow I'm amazed at Kanye West he seems pretty smart. Kimmel probably thought that he was an easy mark but Kanye held his own flawlessly.

  32. Watching for the thirtieth time and that wall of coffee tables metaphor still blows me away. It’s a shame the media portrays him the way they do. This man is a GENIUS.

  33. i think kanye is getting judged too fast everything he does is getting noted. he is a great man. with a white american retard he think he is funny and id just changing the conversation even if it is deep.

  34. Kanye forgets he is now one of the few privaledged who can do go be say own what he wants,but you can never let your guard down in life for there are enemys at the gate hoping to crush the ones who barely exist in life! He can be wise and then be dumb but he is bypolar after all never forget that!

  35. he's talking about the fabricated reality you end up in through social conditioning. you learn the social norms, expected behaviour, expected thinking. and sooner or later it becomes who you are.

  36. Don’t jump on the Coffee table= people telling you not to do something that makes you feel amazing. From when you’re young people are constantly telling you not to do the things or express yourself the way you want. This causes you to walk through life not doing what you want and you’ll end up with a life you don’t like when you could have been something great and changed things.

  37. I gotta say, i thought Kanye was a crazy moron who always says dumb stuff, but now I see that his heart is in the right place.

  38. Love how after Kimmel asks him that question right before the break and they don't come back to it but clearly Kanyes pissed about it having his arms crossed most of the rest of the interview

  39. I've never thought Kanye was actually this deep in real life. This is really crazy. Its kinda sad though that everyone is laughing at his ideas

  40. Never liked Kimmel such a dirty bastard whit those lil jokes he make….you are at your home kimmy of course no one will respons

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