'I love Obama... Don't try to pit us against each other'
Kanye West has reiterated that US President Barack Obama does indeed have his home telephone number.
During his recent address at the Oxford Union, the rapper originally said the President “calls the home phone”. However, appearing on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week (March 12), Obama said he did not have the musician’s phone number.
Now, speaking to TMZ, West said: “I love Obama. He called our house before. He knows that. Don’t try to pit us against each other.”
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week, Obama said: “I’ve met Kanye twice. The first time when I was a senator, and he was with his mom. He had just gotten big and he’s from Chicago… He was very soft spoken, very gracious.”
He added: “Then, about six months ago, he came to an event. Look, I love his music, he’s incredibly creative, but I don’t think I have his home number.” Watch that interview below.
Meanwhile, Kanye West recently argued that “racism is a dated concept” in a new interview with a French TV station. The interview, which was filmed and broadcast by Clique, saw West speak for half an hour on a number of subjects.
West made a comment that race is no longer what puts the biggest gap between people. “Racism is a dated concept,” he said. “It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on … to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything, it’s stupid. … It’s something that was used to hold people back in the past, but now there’s been so many leaps and breaking of the rules that it’s played out, like a style from the 1800s.”
West filmed the interview in Paris, the same city where it was reported he had his laptop stolen. The reports were subsequently denied. The rapper also played four live dates in the city as part of Paris Fashion Week.
All of this follows an eventful week spent in London in which he spoke to students at Oxford University before enlisting the help grime MCs including Novelist and Skepta for a tiny gig at Koko in Camden, which was announced just hours before it began.
The rapper also recruited the help grime MCs for his performance of new single ‘All Day’ at The Brit Awards on February 25. It has since been reported that West and Skepta will collaborate.
The last official release from West was new single ‘All Day’ which will lead up to West’s upcoming album ‘So Help Me God’.