On his newly-released album, ye, Kanye West briefly addressed his "slavery was a choice" comments on TMZ. On "Wouldn't Leave," West raps, "I said, 'Slavery a choice.' They say, 'How 'Ye?' / Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day."
As it turns out, West was planning to share more of his controversial thoughts on slavery on the seven-track album, but following his appearance on TMZ Live on May 2, he decided instead to press the reset button.
"I completely redid the album after [going on] TMZ," West told Big Boy in an interview the night of West's Wyoming listening session event. "We just sat there and like, really honed in on the words. Cause also we know now, it's all headlines and every bar can be used—you know, it's even bars that we had about [slavery], I took a bar off the album. [...] It was too sensitive. It talks about that topic and stuff. I was like, 'Yo, I'ma just chill right now.' Just keep making some music."
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West first announced the release of a new album on April 19, which means nearly two weeks, countless cringe-worthy tweets and one unforgettable interview later, West made the decision to start from zero and craft a brand new album to meet his already announced June 1 release date.
West's decision to self-censor himself on the version of ye that was released to the public last Friday was probably in his best interest given the self-induced PR hit he's taken over the past six weeks, but his explanation, while not at all surprising, is quite disheartening. Essentially, West chose to not clarify his comments or offer an apology because he was fearful of his bars (read: opinions) being used for headline fodder.
This decision, West intimated, will ensure he isn't actually "canceled" outside of Twitter.
"I feel like as a son [and] as a family member of the world, that is the reason why the world won't let me go—cause I'm just a family member," he added. "They might disagree with me on certain shit, but I'm they family. I've been here for 15 years, 18 years. I feel like the best thing I could do is sit there and go in that studio and keep choppin' that thing that only I know how to do."
Actually, the best thing Kanye could have done was to leave his Twitter account deactivated.