Remember when Kanye West had his “I’mma let you finish” stage crash at the expense of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to everyone’s disdain? If you’ll recall, even President Barack Obama got in on that dogpile of disapproval calling West a “jackass.”
Four years later, West has put that universal demonization — namely President Obama’s— in perspective and responded to a question touching on it in an interview with Philadelphia radio station Hot 107.9 (via NME).
While West admitted that President Obama’s criticism of him represented “how the world felt” at the time, West said, “I don’t care if somebody’s the President or not. I care about thoughts and how you helpin’ people and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people. And I’m about people.”
West’s response was lighthearted, but nonetheless pointed directly toward President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their remarks about celebrity worship in America, namely West’s fiancée Kim Kardashian.
When his interviewers asked him to spare the first lady from criticism, West said: “[Barack Obama] shouldn’t mention my baby mama’s name.”
West said he’s over the whole thing, mentioning at the end of the radio interview that addressing the president’s remarks was “lowering my priority of thinking at this point.”
“I’m not gonna mention him no more,” West said. “I’m past that, that’s out of my thoughts.”
–Paul de Revere, Radio.com