November 19, 2013 11:29

Kanye West responds to Barack Obama calling him a 'jackass'

Rapper says US President was wrong to criticise him

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Kanye West has criticised US president Barack Obama for calling him a "jackass".

Obama first used the word to describe West after the rapper famously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV VMA's in 2009, and used the term again in April last year when he admitted that he preferred Jay Z over West.

Speaking to Philadelphia's Hot 107.9 radio station, West admitted that Obama's criticism of him had summed up "how the world felt" at the time but went on to say: "I don't care if somebody the President or not. I care about thoughts, and how you helpin' people, and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people, and I'm about people. Me, I'm not about me. I'm about, 'I got an idea that people gonna like'."

He also made reference to Obama's previous comments about the US's obsession with celebrity culture, in which the politician said that people were obsessed with the lifestyles and actions of West and his fiancee Kim Kardashian, by adding: "I think he shouldn't mention my baby mama name."

Earlier today (November 19), video footage of Kanye West giving an architecture lecture to students at Harvard University emerged online – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen. West told those in attendance that he believed the world "can be saved through design", adding: "I believe that utopia is actually possible. But we're led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political."

Earlier this week (November 16), meanwhile, Kanye West resumed his 'Yeezus' tour in Philadelphia. He had previously been forced to cancel a run of dates after a truck carrying a 60-foot circular LED screen and custom-made video truss crashed on October 30, destroying the stage equipment.

West's 'Yeezus' tour began in Seattle, Washington on October 19. His first solo tour in five years, it will now run until December 23, taking in shows across North America.

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