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Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel seem to have buried the hatchet.
After Kanye waged a Twitter battle against the late night host for a parody he didn’t find too funny the rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (October 9) to make nice. And of course, tout his genius.
Things started off quiet (as you can see in the clip above) with Kimmel trying to warm his guest up by asking him what he’s wearin before soon turning it into an ersatz therapy session that addressed Kanye’s feelings on his on celebrity.
Kimmel admitted he had only seen a few short segments of Yeezy’s interview with BBC Radio, the interview that inspired Kimmel’s parody. “Yeah, that’s what I thought,” Kanye said, straight face. But after playing the clip of the parody, featuring a little boy doing his best Kanye impression, ‘Ye cracked a smile.
As for whether this whole thing was a publicity stunt, Kanye says he’s never done anything as a publicity stunt. “I don’t follow rules of normal celebrity or whatever a publicist tells me to say anything so, I don’t do publicity stunts, period. So don’t ever think that.”
The two then talked about the phone call they had, the one where Kanye gave him two choices, both being to apologize for the skit, which Kanye said he didn’t watch all the way through because he didn’t want to be “infuriated.” (Watch the clip below.)
“We kind of took it back to high school for a bit,” Kanye said about their chat, admitting that Kimmel, who he had met at a wedding, became the person he could hold accountable for all the nasty headlines on the rag magazines and other untrue things that have been said about him on the Internet.
Kimmel agreed with Kanye, admitting that he understands his point about feeling like a zoo animal when it comes to the media and didn’t think he would hurt someone with a little comedy bit. But Kimmel did address Kanye’s own hand in the media’s portrayal of him.
“I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk,” Kimmel said flat out to the rapper. He then told a story about this wedding for a mutual friend of theirs where Kanye took a picture with Kimmel’s dad. “To be so nice to everyone there, that says a lot about you.”
Kimmel seemed to be blowing up Kanye’s I-don’t-give-a-f*** spot, telling him I know you’re a nice guy whether or not you get onstage and say you don’t care about anybody. “I know part of you doesn’t care,” Kimmel said. “I see you onstage saying, ‘I don’t want to hold your baby. I’ll drop your baby on its head.’…I don’t believe any of that stuff when you say it.” (Watch below.)
Kanye responded with, “I’m not running for office. I’m here to make good music.”
Kanye got a chance to explain the BBC interview, saying it was his chance to express himself. “I’m a creative genius, there’s no other way to say it.”
Adding, “I know you’re not supposed to say this about yourself, I say things the wrong way a lot of times. My intention is always positive and bring more things to the world. I want to help the world, I want to make people’s lives easier. I spent two of my checks from telemarketing when I was 18 years old on my first pair of Gucci slippers and this was before there was H+M and Zara, you know this is before you could find cool stuff when we were growing up. And to me, I care about cool stuff, it means something to me, means stuff to a lot of people that are like me.”
He feels boxed in and Quincy Jones told him at John Legend’s wedding that if you can do music, you can do anything.
“I don’t even think I’m a rapper, I’m more of a messenger than a rapper,” Kanye explained as Kimmel looked on, probably confused on where this was headed.
And where was it headed? Kanye talked about being brave for going on BBC Radio and talking to Zane Lowe. “If you guys look at the Zane interview, it’s really something extremely fearless for someone in my position to do. Most people just like you know, bow down to TV…I could care less about any of these cameras in all honesty. All I care about is my family, protecting my girl, protecting my baby, protecting my ideas and dreams. That’s why I went so crazy.”
After Kimmel questioned him about calling himself a genius, Kanye just said it straight: “I’m totally weird, I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes and the thing is, I know for me to say I wasn’t a genius would be lying to you and myself.”
From there, Kanye talked about false humility and called out the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee who say they’re not giving Kim Kardashian a star anytime soon. “They’re not going to put my girl on the Walk of Fame because she’s a reality star. It’s like people are so, so dated… there’s like no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame.” Huge applause. Yo Kimmel audience, he’s really happy for you, he’ll let you finish right after he continues his plug for Kim getting a star.
“For me, it’s like, I’m just gonna give y’all the truth and y’all gonna learn to love it,” he said. “Y’all gonna love me, or you hate me, but I’m gonna be me.”
By the end of it all though, Kanye lightened it up, admitting he liked Josh Groban’s musical interpretation of his tweets and that yes, he does think Kimmel looks like Spongebob Squarepants.
And those leather jogging pants, yes, they are a thing. Kimmel even got some for little baby North. Kanye also shared the history of the style with the Kimmel audience. They’re catching on people, get yours now.
Kanye wants to let everyone know, they shouldn’t back down, relaying a story about him in Chicago back when he was first starting out telling the drug dealers that they’d have to kill him to get his publishing rights.
“My mother made me believe in myself,” he said. “No matter how many people told me stop believing in yourself, stop saying what you can do…I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up to control with low self esteem, with improper information, branding, marketing, refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth. It’s about information. It’s about awesomeness. The only luxury is time, the time you spend with your family.”
And he ending the show by sending a message to the paparazzi who ask him stupid questions: “Never think I’m not from Chicago for one second.”
Watch him break it all down for the paparazzi below.