Kanye West Defends Ranting and Use of Confederate Flag

(Radio.com) Since Kanye West kicked off his Yeezus tour a couple weeks ago, the rapper has been making the rounds on a nationwide radio tour. Kanye has already talked a bit about his recent engagement and a lot about his current tour, all the while treating us to a mix of soundbites that show off his own self-declared genius.

In his latest sit-down on Monday (October 28) with Los Angeles' 97.1 AMP Radio (a Radio.com station), 'Ye didn't disappoint. This time around he spoke about his soccer dad aspirations, co-opting the Confederate flag and why "fashion" isn't the right term for what he does. And that's just a snippet of the topics he covered in the 30-minute interview.

On his lavish engagement to Kim Kardashian: "I just thought of it. It seemed so all-American, I just love being American, you know, and I love you know, family… I feel so blessed. I feel God gave me exactly what I wanted, I have to do the right thing in God's eyes. Just follow what God really wants me to do it will come ten fold by doing the right thing."

On why what he does shouldn't be considered "ranting": "The rant has a negative connotation. These are inspiration visionary breaks in pop culture every time I talk, a crack in the matrix. Nobody's going to fire me tomorrow, I can say anything I want to say. Luckily I want to say positive things. I want to make my momma happy and do God's work."

On people's reaction to his use of the Confederate flag in his Yeezus tour merch: "React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. I represented slavery, my abstract take on what I know about it, I wrote 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. What are you going to do?" More of the interview

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