Kanye West: Voting For Hillary Clinton Felt Like an Arranged Marriage
Rapper says there was societal pressure to vote for Democrat
Rapper and free thinker Kanye West recently defended himself amid a massive backlash to his public support for President Donald Trump by saying societal pressure to vote for Hillary Clinton felt like an "arranged marriage."
West continued, "Man, I had my [expletive] [expletive] castrated: 'You have to like Hillary. That's got to be your choice.'"
The rapper said he also felt pressure to vote against Trump "because you're black because you make very sensitive music because you're a very sensitive soul."
"And I'm like, that's not who I want to marry. I don't feel that. I believe that I'm actually a better father because I got my ... voice back; I'm a better artist because I got my voice back.
we got love pic.twitter.com/Edk0WGscp6— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
I was living inside of some universe that was created by the mob-thought, and I had lost who I was, so that's when I was in the sunken place. You look in my eyes right now – you see no sunken place."
According to Rollingstone: While noting he "[doesn't] agree with all [Trump's] policies," the Ye rapper noted that speaking his mind – along with "getting out, learning how to not be highly medicated" – has aided in that mental shift.
"Just standing up saying I know I could lose a lot of things, but just standing up and saying what you feel, and not even doing a lot of research on it," he said.
"Having a political opinion that's overly informed, it's like knowing how to dress, as opposed to being a child – 'I like this.' I hear Trump talk and I'm like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there are people who like me that don't like the way it sounds."
West also dismissed the notion that he should feel "pressure" to speak on behalf of an entire group of people.
"It's a rhetorical dumbass question ... but do you think there are a lot of husband-and-wife situations where the husband in the household liked Trump and voted on Trump and maybe the wife didn't, or vice versa?" he said.
Elsewhere in the piece, West attempted to clarify his recent remarks to TMZ about slavery, explaining that he constantly "adjusts" his language to get to the core of an idea.
"I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds – sounds – like a choice to me; I never said it's a choice," he said.
"I never said slavery itself – like being shackled in chains – was a choice.
That's why I went from 'slave' to '400 years' to 'mental prison' to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works."
When The New York Times asked how West would re-frame his "slavery" comments if given another chance, West admitted he "wouldn't frame a one-liner or headline."
But he also pushed back, saying, "What I would say is actually it's literally like I feel like I'm in court having to justify a robbery that I didn't actually commit, where I'm having to somehow reframe something that I never said.
I feel stupid to have to say out loud that I know that being put on the boat was – but also I'm not backing down, bro.
What I will do is I'll take responsibility for the fact that I allowed my voice to be used back to back in ways that were not protective of it when my voice means too much."
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018