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Kanye West Says President Obama 'Uses Pop Icons To Be Down'

After rocking the mic at Harvard's Graduate School of Design this past weekend, Kanye West continued his promo tour by stopping by Philly's 107.9 morning show and dropped bombs on-air. The Yeezus rapper flaps his gums about his creative genius, his mother nickinaming him "Mandela," and his father being a Black Panther.

'Ye also threw some shade at President Barack Obama, who he's had some beef with in the past after the commander in chief called him a jackass.

"Oh, [Obama] talking about how he use to come and visit me and my mama and tell me he’s about to run for President? I just think that we’re pop icons and the President likes to use that type of thing just to be down," he said. "People were fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years. This is the person we love to hate so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on or you gotta a problem just say that you hate Kanye. There’s gonna be thirty other people who say they hate Kanye and that was kinda my position in culture and he kinda used that too. [He said] ‘Oh, he’s a jackass” ’cause that’s how the world felt but I don’t care if someone is the President or not. I care about thoughts and how you are helping people and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people. Me? It’s not about me."

He continued about his fellow Chicago native, "I’m not gonna mention [Obama] no more I’m passed that. That’s out my thoughts. That’s lowering my priority of thinking at this point. (laughs)"

West's remarks come after the Prez criticized the reality starlet and her rapper beau for influencing the youth to be obsessed with wealth and celebrity.

Watch Kim Kardashian's fiancee also address Rev. Al Sharpton trying to boycott his controversial tour merchandise, admiring Tyler, The Creator, and more below.



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