During a visit to the TMZ offices, the rapper described slavery as “a choice”. “I’m a black person, a [member] of the black community, but I’m not just that,” he said. “I’m always gonna represent that, but I also represent the world. When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. We’re mentally imprisoned.”
Now, the clean version of ‘Ye’ opener ‘I Thought About Killing You’ has been updated. The last verse of the song now includes the line: “Sorry but I chose not to be a slave.” The explicit version does not include the new lyric. You can listen to the updated version of the track below.
West has previously updated songs after their official release, famously reworking ‘The Life Of Pablo‘ once it was available online, and describing it as a “living” album.
The rapper also later clarified his controversial comments about slavery, saying: “We need to have open discussions and ideas on unsettled pain… to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”