After Kanye went on a Twitter rant following Jimmy Kimmel’s spoof of his BBC interview, the two agreed to talk it out on Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. And in true Kanye form, he went on another epic rant to clarify his last rant.
“We had a big dumb fight on Twitter but he was nice enough to come on tonight,” said Kimmel, who tried to cut the tension by opening with accessories. He asked about Kanye’s outfit (“Ralph”), was he wearing a new grill (“No, they’ve been in my mouth for three years”), before showing a clip of the skit that started it all (even Kanye was smiling!)
“The truth is, the main reason I did that is because I like to see kids curse,” said Kimmel who admitted he didn’t watch the entire BBC interview. Both assured us this wasn’t a publicity stunt.
Niceties aside, it looked for moment that Kimmel was going for the jugular when he told Kanye, “A lot of times I think you bring it on yourself, this kind of misunderstanding about you.” With an intense Kanye staring deep into his soul, Kimmel added, “A lot of people think you’re a jerk.” But then he defended him, sharing with the audience a photo of the rapper posing with Kimmel’s father at a wedding. “I know this guy, he’s not a jerk.”
Here is how Kanye responded, as best as we could follow, considering he basically gave us a verbal draft of his memoirs last night:
-“I’m not running for office, I’m just here to make good music, make people feel good…for me, I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it and I know you’re not supposed to say those things about yourself.”
-“It’s bigger than who I am even…It’s about when I was on Earth, what did I do to help?”
-“I had an art background even before I was a musician…I’m more of a messenger than a rapper.”
-“I could care less about any of these cameras, in all honesty. All I care about is my family.”
On Constantly Calling Himself A Genius:
Kimmel: “I think that upsets people, but the truth is, a lot of people think that they are geniuses and nobody says it.”
Kanye: “I’m totally weird and I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate at times.”
“There’s no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame.”
On Comparing Kimmel to Spongebob:
Kimmel: “Do you really think I look like Spongebob?”
Kanye: “I mean, it’s the first thing that came to my mind.”
On His Real Time Twitter Rant (which was written from his L.A. home):
-“They were really fun to me as I was writing it…the only reason why I could do that is because we could speak on a similar level and go back and forth…I just thought that this was amazing you know, just crack media…I do everything I can to break media.”
-“You shoulda saw the second set of tweets!”
On Fashion (after Kimmel presented him with a pair of leather jogging pants for Nori)
“Fashion isn’t always practical, it’s more about a motion, it’s about swag… [expletive]…it’s more about style and stuff.”
On the Difficulties of Breaking into Fashion:
-“I’ve got ideas that mean something, if I could put the proper production around them…I mean there’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris.”
-(After a lengthy metaphor about how hard Michael Jackson had to fight to get his videos played on TV), “I still cant break that wall down…everyone kind of just looks at you like you’re crazy…it’s like how can you get a shot?”
“It’s not about racism anymore, it’s classism.”
On the point of his BBC interview rant:
-“People are too scared of getting spooked in a way.”
-“Creators get beat up my entire life…I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self esteem.”
-“The only luxury is time…the time you spend with your family. So this concept of luxury is improper to me.”
On Comparing Himself to Steve Jobs, Jesus:
-“I’m saying these are my heroes, these are people I look up to, this is the type of impact I want to make on this earth.”
-“Exactly what I did in music I want to apply to product, to education.”
-“We bring something of joy to the world…I should be respected and such when I walk on the street.”
-“Never think I’m not from Chicago for one second.”
-“I understand you gotta get your money, and its hard out here… it’s a lack of decency.”
Phew. Still following?
Other rant shout-outs:
Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Hedi Slimane, Paula Dean, Spongebob Squarepants, Michelangelo, Paris fashion week
And the winner is …
A. Kanye, for inventing the rant as a new form of entertainment and admitting that he does say ridiculous things?
B. Kimmel, for doing his best to diffuse the tension by cracking jokes and giving Kanye full speaking time?
C. The audience, for doing the mental gymnastics required to keep up with a Kanye cultural rant?
D. Josh Groban, for existing (Kimmel replayed the skit where Groban sings Kanye’s tweets)?
What do you think? How did Kimmel do? Did this rant make you like Kanye less or more?