Kanye West says ‘the class system is the new racism’

Rapper says 'exclusivity is the new n-word' during interview with Zane Lowe

Kanye West has proclaimed that “the class system is the new racism” during a revealing interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.

Speaking on the show, which was broadcast last night (February 26) and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, the rapper said: “Class is the new way to discriminate against people. To hold people down. To hold people in their place based on where their kids go to school, how much money they make… I tweeted black lives matter, but all lives matter. My doorman is more important to me than the head of any company.”

West expressed his belief that everyone, regardless of class, should have the same opportunities, stating: “There’s still the world ‘exclusivity’ being thrown around. Exclusivity is the new n-word, because nothing should be exclusive. Everybody should have the opportunity to drink from the same fountain. The idea of exclusivity is the new coloured people fountain concept.”

During the interview, West also broke town in tears when talking about Louise Wilson, a British professor of fashion design at Central St Martins college in London, who passed away last year. “Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a 7 or an 8, pushing people to a 12. I didn’t know we were going to lose her,” West said.

Following the chat, West took to Twitter to issue a public apology to Beck and Bruno Mars for comments he had made about them recently.