Kanye West On Slavery: 'That Sounds Like A Choice'

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Next on Kanye West's plate? Slavery. The acclaimed rapper finds himself in hot water following his statement on slavery sounding "like a choice."

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the 40-year-old rapper as he gets heat for various controversial statements on Twitter, including an unwavering appreciation for President Donald Trump. However, it doesn't look like West is stopping anytime soon.

West On Slavery

The hip-hop artist dropped by TMZ Live on Tuesday, May 1 to double down on his love for the president, pointing out that he doesn't just represent hip-hop or the black community, but the world. The explanation took a strange turn with West segueing into the subject of slavery.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice," West says. "Like, you was there for 400 years and it's all y'all? It's like you're mentally imprisoned."

Unsurprisingly, his statement wasn't taken too kindly by a good chunk of people, including TMZ staffer Van Lathan who stood up to voice his disappointment on West's thoughts, saying he believes what the rapper is doing "is an absence of thought."

While Lathan allows that West is entitled to his opinion, he adds that there are facts and real world consequences to what he says every day.

"While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you've earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives," Lathan tells the rapper. "We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice."

Kanye's Charlamagne Interview

West's TMZ visit came just hours after the rapper released his nearly two-hour interview with Breakfast Club's Charlamagne tha God. The lengthy conversation allowed an intimate peek at West's mind.

At one point, West talked about Trump, saying that the fact that he became president meant that anything is possible in America.

"Racism isn't the deal-breaker for me," he says. "If that was the case, I wouldn't live in America. In this gated community, I deal with racism."

Twitter Action

West took to Twitter to clarify the thoughts he expressed in TMZ, explaining that he didn't exactly mean that his ancestors became slaves by choice.

The rapper went on to rant about getting attacked for his "free thought."

Of course, fellow Twitter users used the platform to slam West — as well as praise Lathan for having the guts to stand up to the famous rapper.

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