Kanye West Speechless for the First Time in His Life

Kanye West Speechless for the First Time in His Life August 10, 2018

 

I use to be a big Kanye West fan. However, the past few years it has been painful for me to support his behavior. Kanye has had a rough year with a lot of very public outbursts. When I saw that Jimmy Kimmel interviewed him, I had to watch the train-wreck unfold. Jimmy Kimmel talked to Kanye West last night, and Kanye acted just like Kanye. In the full interview posted on YouTube, the conversation is rambling, incoherent, and grandiose. Kimmel asked West about his mental health, President Trump, and his infamous comments on TMZ about slavery. However, the most compelling part of the entire interview was when Jimmy Kimmel made Kanye West speechless.

Kanye started the interview calm and collected. However, simple questions asked by Kimmel turned into 10-minute rambling sessions that were incoherent. Even Kimmel told him he didn’t think he could follow him.

Kimmel attempted to steer the conversation to Kanye’s support of Donald Trump. West responded with the following:

“I said it [backing Trump] 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 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 not 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, and saying you can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community can’t bully me. Because at that point if I’m afraid to be me I’m no longer ‘Ye. That’s what makes ‘Ye. And I actually quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things.”

I don’t understand most of what he said. However, I think Kanye misses the point that using a hat that supports Trump is a horrible way to clap back at his haters. Kimmel seemed to feel the same.

Minutes later he said to Kanye,

“Just in literal terms, there are families being torn apart at the border of the country–there are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing. And I think we cannot forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. 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?”

In a rare moment, Kanye fell silent and couldn’t answer the question.

Thank you, Jimmy!

Kanye should stop focusing on trying to make people mad. Kimmel reminded him he needs to consider his position in society. I don’t think anyone actually cares who Kanye votes for in elections. However, Kanye has stopped being an intellectual and thoughtful voice for the youth. He is a celebrity that is hell-bent on creating waves and shocking people. Over the past few years, Kanye has become a laughing stock.

Jimmy Kimmel had it all right last night with his comments. Maybe on some level, Kimmel’s words sunk into Kanye’s brain. However, I get the feeling more ridiculous comments will come out of his mouth.

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  • I’ve always thought of Kanye as the guy that did that funny little “Golddigger” song, and that’s the way I want to remember him. There’s something pathologically ignorant about thinking that expressing public support for a politician is more about your personal goals and self-worth than about the politician’s stated positions or policies and the people who stand to be marginalized when those policies get implemented..

  • I could have told you Kanye was a mess years ago.

    The only reason this latest position of his surprises me is narcissists don’t usually praise other narcissists.

  • Here. For the hole left in your hip-hop playlist by Kanye.

    El-P and Killer Mike won’t ever go full Kanye.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOximWoFd0

  • chemical

    Kanye, in regards to his support for Trump:

    …it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anyone said, and saying you can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community can’t bully me.

    Kanye is head over heels for the Cult of Ignorance. This is just another way of saying “My opinion is better than expert analysis”. Kanye worships the dumbass confidence Dunning and Kruger warned us all about.

  • In case you want something that has a Kayne-esque production style, you can always listen to Doomsday. MF Doom’s lyricism is more advanced and intricate than Kanye’s, but the beat could have been produced by Kanye.

    https://youtu.be/CRHyBwNtkLA

  • Yep! He’s gramdiose

  • I’m going to check them out!

  • chemical

    Upvoted for MF Doom, this guy is amazing.

  • It’s an old song, but it’s a masterpiece.

    Here’s Kanye doing a beat on a Yasiin Bey track, which is terrible, but Yasiin saves it with his delivery. So above I’m being charitable in even comparing MF Doom’s Doomsday track to West’s sound, but it is reminiscent of it, if older.

    Here’s the Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) track i referred to.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRKCMtJjY7w

  • Wow – I really like this. It kind of reminds me old school stuff – Hieroglyphics, Del the funky homosapien, etc. I agree – Kanye’s rhymes are pretty sloppy and not very intelligent. they just have decent beats – some do – older stuff.

  • I really like it – listening now

  • OMG Mos Def is Yasiin Bey lol. I didn’t get the memo. I love how he flows

  • to be clear, that track is Yasiin on the mic, and Kanye making the beat

  • Yep. I know his voice 🙂

  • Yeah, except he asks that people refer to him as Yasiin now, and so (formerly known as – fka Mos Def)

  • And yeah, he’s an amazing lyricist. Up there on my shortlist along with Aesop Rock, who wrote some of the most beautiful lyrics ever put to music

    https://youtu.be/JW6_4LNZPDo

    And his more recent stuff is amazing – Aesop is really *this good* live:

    https://youtu.be/rj3MgNBEWRc

  • Daffodil

    I hate to break it to you, but Kanye West has never been an intellectual or a “thoughtful voice for the youth”. Golddigger was a brilliant description of a certain cultural phenomenon, but that was it. I don’t know what his mother did to keep him lucid, but once she died, the “crazy” was let loose and hasn’t yet been reined in. I truly hope he gets help through therapy or medication, because there is gifted creativity in him.

  • Raging Bee

    I feel kinda sad for Kanye. He started out okay with occasional flashes of interesting things to say; but he went WAAAY downhill after he married Kim Kardashian.* I went to a concert of his that was just him onstage, with all the other musicians (if any were actually live with him) hidden (could the whole thing have been lip-synched to a CD?). Then he did something on TV where he literally vanished in the smoke from his pyrotechnics, and 90% of the words he was rapping were profanities. I liked him going off-script and attacking Bush Jr, and had a lot of sympathy for him during the ’08 Grammies, where his speech was cut short by music while white trainwreck princess Amy Winehouse got some huge award she’d done nothing to deserve (even she, watching from the UK because she couldn’t get a visa, seemed not to think that was a good idea). But now I’m pretty much done with him.

    _______________________
    * My spellchecker suggested “guardianship” in place of that name. Make of it what you will…

  • Yeah, I think his mental health is not well controlled right now.

  • Raging Bee

    Not sure about mental health; I think a lot of it is immaturity, combined with lousy agents/handlers who failed to keep him focused and out of trouble; with his mom’s death tipping him over the edge.

  • we can agree to disagree

  • Got it. He’s good stuff! I was huge into underground hip hop. So his stuff back in the day was awesome. I was a huge fan of Atmosphere and the whole Minneapolis scene. Then Hieroglyphics and Del the funky Homosapien 😉

  • He is Bi-polar. He admits it

  • DoctorDJ

    I fail to see evidence of his so-called “talent.”

  • LOL! 🙂

  • Jim Jones

    > You so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’

    Another example of him being wrong. ISTM that Shrub isn’t racist. But he doesn’t give the slightest consideration to those who aren’t wealthy.

    If you aren’t in the 0.1% you get no consideration. If you are in the Saud family, employers of the whole Bush family, you get maximum respect since they saved his failing businesses more than once.