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TI, Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg, YG and more have reacted.
Kanye West surprised fans when he made the controversial claim that slavery was a choice, during a new interview.
The rapper, who has continued to spark debate over recent weeks, made the comments during a conversation with hosts on TMZ Live.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said.
“You was there for 400 years and there was all of y’all?!”
Following the controversial statements, Kanye West attempted to clarify what he intended to say via Twitter.
"The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought it was just an idea."
we are programmed to always talk and fight race issues. We need to update our conversation.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) 1 May 2018
the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) 1 May 2018
once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) 1 May 2018
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. - Harriet Tubman— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) 2 May 2018
After the video clip went viral, artists from the Hip-Hop and R&B world showed their anger and confusion at Kanye West on social media.
See the strongest reactions below:
Cause they made us hate ourself and love they wealth...— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) 1 May 2018
Yoooo WTF bro!?!?!?— T.I. (@Tip) 1 May 2018
I’m scratching my head like a muuuufucka now cuzz!!!! pic.twitter.com/8jYfhls9sm
SOMEBODY TELL 50 CENT GET THE STRAP— STAY DANGEROUS (@YG) 2 May 2018
Meanwhile, Kanye West was also released an extensive interview with radio host Charlamagne Tha God, discussing his mental breakdown, JAY-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, the Yeezy brand and more.