Kanye West wants you to know he didnâ€™t say what you think he said.
In an interview with The New York Times published Monday, West said people didnâ€™t understand what he actually meant by his now-famous comment about slavery.
â€œI said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds â€” sounds â€” like a choice to me, I never said itâ€™s a choice,â€ West told the publication. â€œI never said slavery itself â€” like being shackled in chains â€” was a choice.â€
West spoke with The Times over three days earlier this month while in Wyoming, a state heâ€™s visited frequently since last year and where he both worked on and debuted his new album â€œYe.â€
Hereâ€™s more of what West shared in the interview:
West has considered suicide
The album opens with the single, â€œI Thought About Killing You.â€
Some fans have wondered whether West meant he wanted to off his public persona, which also appears to be his personal one.
He said heâ€™s considered it.
â€œOh yeah, Iâ€™ve thought about killing myself all the time. Itâ€™s always a option and [expletive],â€ West said. â€œLike Louis C.K. said: I flip through the manual. I weigh all the options.â€
West appears to be in a better place now, saying later in the interview, â€œIâ€™m just having this epiphany now, â€™cause I didnâ€™t do it, but I did think it all the way through. But if I didnâ€™t think it all the way through, then itâ€™s actually maybe more of a chance of it happening.â€
His wife summoned Tony Robbins to help
West said his wife, Kim Kardashian West, engaged life coach Tony Robbins to talk to him after all the upheaval, which included the musicianâ€™s erratic behavior and a hospitalization.
â€œHe could look at me and you know, I donâ€™t know why he mentioned suicide, but he could tell that I was very low,â€ West said. â€œReally medicated, shoulders slumped down, and my confidence was gone, which is a lot of the root of my superpower, because if you truly have self-confidence, no one can say anything to you.â€
Robbins instructed West to go into a warrior pose and scream.
â€œI was so self-conscious about the nanny and the housekeeper that I didnâ€™t want them to hear me screaming in the living room,â€ West said. â€œI think that thatâ€™s such a metaphor of something for the existence of so-called well-off people that theyâ€™re not really well-off â€” they wonâ€™t even scream in their own house.â€
But he did scream and it helped, according to West.
West doesnâ€™t agree with all of Trumpâ€™s policies but
Westâ€™s vocal support for President Donald Trump has angered some in his fan base.
From wearing a â€œMake America Great Againâ€ hat to saying that they both share â€œdragon energy,â€ West has not shied away from linking himself with Trump.
And while he told The Times he doesnâ€™t agree with all of Trumpâ€™s policies, West said he is determined to have his own opinion and doesnâ€™t feel pressure to speak for African Americans as a whole.
â€œHaving a political opinion thatâ€™s overly informed, itâ€™s like knowing how to dress, as opposed to being a child â€” â€˜I like this,â€™ â€ he said. â€œI hear Trump talk and Iâ€™m like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that thereâ€™s people who like me that donâ€™t like the way it sounds.â€
West used more than one child analogy in the interview.
â€œWe need to be able to be in situations where you can be irresponsible,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s one of the great privileges of an artist. An artist should be irresponsible in a way â€” a 3-year-old.â€
He wondered if his wife would leave him
The track â€œWouldnâ€™t Leaveâ€ on the â€œYeâ€ album speaks to how tense things may have been in the Kardashian-West marriage after the TMZ slavery comment controversy.
He told The New York Times it raised concern.
â€œThere was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, â€˜Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?â€™â€ he said. â€œSo that was a real conversation.â€