Kanye West Stuns Ellen DeGeneres With Lengthy Live Rant About Michael Jackson, Twitter and Changing the World

The artist goes on a lengthy diatribe during his daytime talk show appearance on topics ranging from Michael Jackson to the possibility of future children with his wife

By Samantha Schnurr May 19, 2016 2:10 PMTags
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The only thing missing here was a mic to drop. 

Kanye West—the star synonymous with Twitter rants, Grammy-winning rap records and interrupting Taylor Swift—made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show that we're predicting now will live forever in the annals of daytime television's most memorable moments. 

While his interview with the comedian Thursday launched on lighter topics like having future children with wife Kim Kardashian—"I'm fine to just practice"—and his daughter North West's newfound role as a big sister—"She's really advanced for her age"—the Life of Pablo performer soon found himself in the midst of another lengthy diatribe, except this time it wasn't on social media. 

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When DeGeneres asked him if he should have put his earlier plea to Mark Zuckerberg for $53 million on Facebook instead of Twitter, the question kicked off the designer's verbal train of thought. 

"I should have put it on Facebook. Now I understand why he didn't hit me back," he explained, adding that he has had dinner with Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan privately in the past. 

"I feel that if I had more resources, I could help more people. I have ideas that could make the human race existence within our 100 years better—period." 

The artist described a renaissance period he believes the world is currently experiencing, noting figures like Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen who started out as a fine arts student. "We're not in a place where people can only have one career, one profession throughout their entire life," he claimed. "I see the importance in the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life."

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However, while the man behind the Yeezy brand said that he was raised to make a difference and believes he can make things better in the world through his artistic skill set, he has faced countless skeptics. 

"I have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors ofor everyone that will come after I'm gone, after I'm dead, after they call me wacko Kanye," he said candidly, citing the fact that there was a time when MTV didn't want to air Jackson's music videos. "Isn't that so funny that people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most? They talk the most shit about the people who care the most. I'm sorry daytime television. I'm sorry for the realness."

As for the racial controversy surrounding the 2016 Oscar nominees, West made his stance very clear. 

"I didn't take it as a joke," he said. "It ain't no joke."

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