Stop Treating Kanye Like A Zoo Animal, Says Kanye


Twenty-one-time Grammy winning artist Kanye West is many things. Count among them, unfettered. When Mr. West appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night his agenda was a long one, having to address his headline-making recent BBC interview (“I’m a postmodernist, at best, as a career. I’m a futurist, mentally.”), Kardashian banter, and, of course, his “epic”/epic twitter feud with Kimmel, himself:


The interview was a sincere one, immediately addressing what Kanye was wearing (“Ralph”) and his grills (“they’ve been in my mouth for three years”) with West telling Kimmel he felt like he was being “treated as an animal in a zoo” because of his celebrity status.” He wasn’t done. Here’s some other noteable quoteables:

  • “There’s no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame.”
  • Kimmel: “Do you really think I look like Spongebob?” Kanye: “I mean, it’s the first thing that came to my mind.”
  • ”[The tweets] were really fun to me as I was writing it…the only reason why I could do that is because we could speak on a similar level and go back and forth…I just thought that this was amazing you know, just crack media…I do everything I can to break media.”
  • ”I’ve got ideas that mean something, if I could put the proper production around them…I mean there’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris.”
  • ”We bring something of joy to the world…I should be respected and such when I walk on the street.”

But if Kanye’s an animal at the zoo, all better beware. “When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street. Don’t ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don’t try to antagonize me. Because you know what: it’s not safe for you in this zoo.”


We leave you with this:

“I wouldn’t even say that I was a rapper

I’d say that I was more of a messenger.”