The Daily Beast today published a preview of David Letterman’s interview with Kanye West – in which music, fashion, West’s late mother and of course his much-criticized support of President Trump are discussed – on his Netflix show, which starts streaming on Friday, May 31. The article praises the one-hour session as “not only one of the best interviews Letterman has ever conducted, it is also one of the most coherent and engaging interviews Kanye has ever given, even if it sometimes goes off the rails.” may be the case, although there is little evidence for this in the excerpts published today.
The most controversial statements are, as usual, about Trump, apparently taking place at the end of the interview. West brings the subject forward.
“This is like my thing with Trump – we don’t have to feel the same, but we have the right to feel what we feel,” he says, claiming he’s putting on a “Make America Great Again” hat “not about politics “, but rather an attempt to break the stigma by showing support for Trump.
Letterman shows Republican-led voter oppression during the recent mid-term elections. “So when I see a person I admire when he talks about Donald Trump, he can think what he is doing,” Letterman says, “I wonder if those thoughts indirectly hurt people who are already injured.”
Instead, West replies that Trump voters “are being treated as enemies of America because they feel it.” After Letterman claims that Trump doesn’t help people who vote for him, West says, “Have you ever been beaten in your high school for wearing the wrong hat?”
Asked who the real bullies are in America at the moment, he answers: “Liberals intimidate people who are Trump followers!”
Earlier in the interview, West brought forward another controversy, his recent verbal spit with Drake.
As he talks about his lyrics, West says, “An artist I won’t name, because I can’t call him or his relatives …”
“That’s pretty provocative,” says Letterman.
“Well, we had some beef last year,” West says before admitting he refers to Drake. “He has this rule that I love, that says,” I told my story and history “- as his story made and wrote history. That’s what we do, we tell our story and then people relate to that story.
“I have a friend who told me that my power is my influence,” he continues. “And I said my strength is my ability to not be affected.”
Later in the episode Letterman and West discuss mental health. “If you are bipolar, you have the potential to take off and it can take you to a point where you begin to act irregularly, as TMZ would say,” says West, referring to his stalled livestreamed interview on last year’s publication year.
He also says that his bipolarity can contribute to his creative efforts. “If you want these crazy ideas and these crazy stages and this crazy music and this crazy way of thinking,” he says, “there is a chance that a crazy person will come.”
The interview, which ends with footage of West’s recent Sunday Services, starts streaming on Netflix on Friday, May 31.