After a week of financial meltdown following anti-Semitic comments on social media and in interviews, Kanye West is speaking out about those thoughts, as well as what he said about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
In a 16-minute video shared by WmgLab Records on YouTube on Saturday and recorded sometime after Adidas ended its business relationship with West on Tuesday, the artist is seen addressing a crowd of paparazzi and onlookers gathered outside a building as he exits.
“I think adidas felt they had the right to only take my designs because everyone ganged up on me,” West told the small crowd.
“I feel like God is humbling me right now,” he added. “Because two things happen. When I often say, ‘I’m the richest black man,’ that’s a defense I use for the mental health conversation. …Now I am humbled.”
West went on to address backlash over his suggestion in a recent podcast interview that George Floyd’s death was caused by the use of fentanyl.
“When the idea of Black Lives Matter came out, it brought us together as a people,” he said. “So, I said that, I questioned the death of George Floyd, and it hurt my people. It hurt black people. Therefore, they should forgive the person who hurt them [sic] Because God has shown me now with what Adidas is doing and what the media is doing, now I know what it feels like to have a knee on my neck. So I thank you, God, for humbling me and letting me know how it really felt. Because how can the richest black man be humble, except by making a comment out of a non-billionaire in front of everyone? ”
West also discussed the reaction to wearing a MAGA hat, which has been “misdiagnosed” as a mental health disorder, and his “fatigue” over refusing to take medication, which he said would keep him “one pill” away from Michael Jackson or Prince. .
“At a time like this, if I was taking medicine now, one pill would have changed, and it would have always been Michael Jackson or Prince,” West said.
He compared himself to Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered at the age of 14 in 1955, and said he sometimes felt like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
“I’m not worried. Period,” West said in response to someone in the crowd asking if he was worried he had ruined his legacy. “God lives.”
Anti-Semitic demonstrators pointed west at signs that popped up in Los Angeles last weekend and in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. In the video, West appeared to be trying to distance himself from any “hate groups” without apologizing for his anti-Semitic remarks.
“I have nothing to do with any hate group,” West said as he closed his remarks with a prayer. “If any hatred befalls any Jewish person, it is not related (gestures to himself) because I ask that everyone walk in love.”