Despite endorsing Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the US Presidential election, the rapper hailed West.
“Trump is the President, so we’re going to have to talk to him, deal with him,” RZA told TMZ. “If Kanye went in to speak for our community then Bong Bong.”
His comments come after John Legend spoke of his disappointment in West meeting up with the President-elect at Trump Tower.
“I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt. And I think Kanye was a publicity stunt. I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump,” he said.
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“I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country and I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people. And for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing…. Whatever was in his mind, I disagree with him.”
In the run-up to the election RZA said his years of travelling had influenced his decision, because who is president “affects the world view” of the country.
“What that means for me as a world traveler is the image of our president affects us who travel around the world – it affects the worldview of us,” he said. “So when we put in a black man as president, we kind of fulfilled what the principles of our country are: to look at us as that guiding light.
“So, if we did it with a black man, I think, for our image, it would be very unique for us to do it with a woman, because that follows the principles of what we are saying this country is.”