"I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice”
Kanye West has opened up on his controversial slavery comments, after facing widespread condemnation for describing it as a “choice”.
The ‘Ye’ rapper was met with widespread condemnation earlier this year after he claimed that 400 years of slavery in America was a “choice”.
Now, Kanye has opened up on his views in a new interview with the New York Times, and maintains that he was misconstrued during the original exchange.
“I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice”, he told the publication.
“I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice,” he said.
“That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works.”
When asked to explain how he would phrase his comments now, he replied: “I wouldn’t frame a one-liner or a headline. What I would say is actually it’s literally like I feel like I’m in court having to justify a robbery that I didn’t actually commit, where I’m having to somehow reframe something that I never said.
“I feel stupid to have to say out loud that I know that being put on the boat was — but also I’m not backing down, bro.
“What I will do is I’ll take responsibility for the fact that I allowed my voice to be used back to back in ways that were not protective of it when my voice means too much.”
Elsewhere, Kanye opened up on the bizarre creative processes behind ‘Ye’ – and the reason why the record remained without lyrics only eight days before release.
” Perhaps it is not surprising to learn that eight days before its release, Kanye said, he’d had none of the lyrics of “Ye” written”, the Times wrote.
“And he still went to see “Deadpool 2.” Twice.