Outspoken rapper shares his thoughts on being an artist in a rare new interview.

Kanye West has shared his thoughts on being an artist and being cool in a rare new interview.

During the interview with Surface, the outspoken rapper lamented the fact that in today’s society, “When you say way overly optimistic things, they just get attacked.”

When asked why, West replied: “I don’t want to digress about why. I just want to word this in a way that somehow puts an idea out there without people beating me up for saying it out loud.”

He continued: “More people need to know that they’re not fucking cool. In today’s world, having money has allowed people who are extremely uncool to think that they’re cool and carry it like that.

“People who really are cool and people who really are artists and have ideas have to literally turn in their cool card to society just to make it past the age of 28. It’s either die at 28 or turn in your cool pass.”

“I would love to be a part of creating a world that allows the artist to think and create at the highest form and be respected for their ability,” he concluded.

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Meanwhile, it looks as though West may have cancelled the remainder of his US tour, following his latest onstage outburst and cutting a show short.

The ‘Yeezus’ and ‘Gold Digger’ rap veteran caused controversy when performing in Sacremento over the weekend – calling out Jay Z and Beyonce, accusing his former collaborator of having hitmen and the potential to kill him. Fellow hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg then slammed West as a “weird motherfucker” and asked “what is he on?”

After he ended the show after just 30 minutes, he then cancelled another show and uploaded 99 photos of clothing to Instagram.

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