*A new rant from Kanye West is anticipated like a new mixtape. The latest release, perhaps his most passionate, comes courtesy of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and lasted a good seven minutes.
During a visit to the show (airing today, May 19), things started out in regular Q&A fashion. He was asked about the possibility of more kids with wife Kim Kardashian (“I’m fine to just practice”), and about his daughter North West (“She’s really advanced for her age”).
Then Ellen asked him if he should’ve put his earlier plea to Mark Zuckerberg for $53 million on Facebook instead of Twitter. This is when Kanye’s unfiltered thoughts began to pour out, with very little interruption from DeGeneres.
“I should have put it on Facebook. Now I understand why he didn’t hit me back,” he explained, adding that he has had dinner with Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan privately in the past.
“I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that could make the human race existence within our 100 years better—period.”
He moved on to cite Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen as an example of how we need to be skilled at more than just one thing. “We’re not in a place where people can only have one career, one profession throughout their entire life,” he claimed. “I see the importance in the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life.”
He randomly jumped up to hype the crowd, screaming “Ye is in the building,” and eventually meandered to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. He appeared to sidearm shade at host Chris Rock for making light of it.
“I didn’t take it as a joke,” he said. “It ain’t no joke.”
That led into Kanye reciting Rakim’s “I ain’t no joke” intro, and him stressing how he was raised on hip hop. “Hip hop!!”
He started naming dead creative geniuses like Picasso, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. “Name somebody living that you can name in the same breath as them!”
He took on the cadence of a preacher. “We’re a BLIP in the existence of the universe!” he shouted, staring at the audience.
At this point, Ellen chose to keep quiet and just watch him go. The two-shots of her staring at him are priceless.
“I have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors for everyone that will come after I’m gone, after I’m dead, after they call me wacko Kanye,” he said, citing the fact that there was a time when MTV didn’t want to air Jackson’s music videos. “Isn’t that so funny that people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most? They talk the most sh** about the people who care the most. I’m sorry daytime television. I’m sorry for the realness.”
Watch Kanye’s entire rant below: