'I've met Kanye twice,' clarifies the US President
US President Barack Obama has denied having Kanye West‘s home telephone number.
During his recent address at the Oxford Union, the rapper said the President “calls the home phone”.
However, appearing on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (March 12), Obama said he did not think he had the musician’s phone number. “I’ve met Kanye twice,” he said. “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 the interview below.
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. As has been common in recent interviews he has given, the subject eventually came on to people being held back in life and what the reasons for that may be.
It is at this point that West made his 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 enlisted the of 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 song ‘All Day’ which will lead up to West’s new album ‘So Help Me God’.