Kanye West Says He Was Addicted to Opioids, Calls Slavery a “Choice”

by Taylor Harris

During an impromptu appearance on TMZ Live this afternoon, Kanye West went off on everything from slavery to opioids. The first revelation was West’s confession that he got hooked on opioids after having liposuction surgery in 2016.

“I was drugged the fuck out bro, I was drugged out,” he said of his encounter at Trump Tower with then President-elect Donald Trump in 2016. Two days — I was addicted to opioids — two days after I was addicted to opioids, two days I got off of opioids. I’m errrrrr. I’m in the hospital, right? Hey, everybody listen to this please!” he said, turning towards the newsroom. “Two days before I was in the hospital, I was on opioids, I was addicted to opioids. I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all. I had liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like you called Rob [Kardashian] at the wedding and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I thought y’all would call me fat so I got liposuction, right? And they gave me opioids, right? And I started taking two of ’em and driving to work, on the opioids. Then my boy, I’d always ask my boy, you know we on tour to give me some weed. So he had to go get me the opioids. And there was talk amongst my camp like, ‘Ye’s popping pills’. And when he handed them to me he said, ‘You know, this is used to kill genius, right?’ So I stopped taking them.”

So, just to recap, Kanye became addicted to opioids after he got liposuction because he was afraid the people in the newsroom at TMZ would call him fat. Then he made people on his team buy him illegal opioids until they convinced him that the drugs would kill his genius.

At another point in the interview, Kanye was asked about his MAGA hat tweet. “It really was just my sub-conscience. It was a feeling I had. People — we’re taught how to think, we’re taught how to feel, we don’t know how to think for ourselves, people say ‘ feel free’ but they don’t really want us to feel free. I felt a freedom in, first of all, in doing something that everyone tells you not to do,” he said. This is also the point at the interview in which Kanye blamed slaves in America for their own enslavement, saying “When you hear about slavery for 400 years—for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

TMZ reporter Van Lathan then shot back at West from across the office. “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” he said. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion — you’re entitled to believe whatever you want — but there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said. And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

Yes, Lathan. Absolutely correct.

Now, seriously Kanye, enough is enough. It is time for an intervention. Someone needs to help this guy. Now.

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