10 Revealing Quotes From Kanye West's Interview With Charlamagne Tha God

In the nearly two-hour long conversation, the duo discussed West’s breakdown or “breakthrough,” his relationship with JAY-Z, and his controversial views on President Donald Trump.

Last week, Kanye West teased an upcoming interview with radio/TV host Charlamagne Tha God. In the tweets, West referred to “The Breakfast Club” commentator as “the new Oprah” and even said that they should hold out on releasing the interview until they were offered $100 million. However, the two assumably had a change of heart since the interview premiered on the Chicago native's YouTube account Tuesday (May 1).

In the nearly two-hour long conversation, the duo discussed West’s breakdown or “breakthrough,” his relationship with JAY-Z, and his controversial views on President Donald Trump. While Charlamagne’s typical approach can be quite brash, he seemed to come from a place of concern and made West further explain his answers. He even called for West to check his “rich ni**a” privilege.

Here are the 10 most important takeaways from the interview.


Quote: “Ever since the Taylor Swift moment the connection hasn’t been the same with radio.”

Timestamp: 2:35

At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, a brazen Kanye interrupted the songstress during her acceptance speech with the iconic line that Beyonce had the “greatest music video of all time.” This moment, while fleeting, has negatively plagued the rapper’s career concerning radio play time. To add to this, Kanye notes L.A. Reid’s departure from Universal Music for his declined radio success, citing that Reid had radio “on lock.” These two factors combined with the surmounting pressure of artists constantly putting out new music, the non-radio success of his album The Life Of Pablo, his wife Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris, and being on tour, led to mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.

Quote: “We’re good. I haven’t seen him, but I feel him.”

Timestamp: 18:00

While the fall out between Kanye and JAY-Z was a major moment in hip-hop, the artist claimed the two are in good standing despite talks of a face to face meeting. Kanye admitted he was hurt that his “big brother” and Beyonce didn’t show up to his wedding but has since moved forward after realizing the two were going through their own marital issues. He has faith that the Carters will one day reunite and seemingly dismissed any rumors that Beyonce is not a fan of his wife Kim Kardashian.

Quote: “One of the things that was incredible when I got out of the hospital was I had lost my confidence. You could see it, that’s why they said ‘sunken place’ and all this stuff.”

Timestamp: 32:45

Kanye admitted to having no empathy for people with low confidence prior to his breakdown but has since understood what it means to lack courage. This is a major admission for the rapper who once made a song titled “I Love Kanye." In the same breath, he addressed rumors about him being in the “sunken place” which he almost seemed to agree with by saying it was obvious he could be “molded” and “controlled.”

Quote: "I felt like when I came out and expressed what I said and what I felt that it was almost like a Clayton Bigsby moment when everybody’s head exploded. Like ‘My ‘Ye, George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people, this dude has to like diss Trump at all costs.’ So many people around me said don’t express your feelings...well what makes George Bush any more racist than Trump? My response is, well racism isn’t the deal breaker for me. If that was the case, I wouldn’t live in America."

Timestamp: 44:05

Charlamagne was quick to point out the issue with Kanye saying racism “isn’t a factor to him” because of his privilege but the latter stood by his statement. He said people expecting him to disapprove of Trump because of his blackness is a stigma he wants to change. The father-of-three added that he should be able to align himself with anyone, no matter how problematic that person may be.

Quote: “I’m not going to let myself off easy by saying ‘I met with Trump because I was going thru something.’ I’m not going to give the universe that, I’m going to face it.’ ...I would meet with him today to talk about Chicago.”

Timestamp: 1:06:19

Despite Kanye’s infamous 2016 meeting with then president-elect Trump, the rapper admitted he agreed to the meeting from a misguided origin. While he claims he wanted to help his beloved hometown of Chicago, he also said he had to face the fact that outside influences encouraged his decision to head to Trump Tower. He also offered that oftentimes black people in the public eye are not meant to be imperfect and he wants to be the face of imperfection.

Quote: “That was the moment I wanted to use Bitcoin, when I saw Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill...When you see all the slave movies it’s like why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you put Michael Jordan on a $20 bill.”

Timestamp: 37:24

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, under Obama’s Administration, proposed to put Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill. Design of the currency was projected to be revealed in 2020 and pushed into circulation. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, under Trump’s Administration, hasn’t given the final say, according to CNN.

Quote: “Obama came to me before he ran for office and he met with me and my mother to let me know he was going to run for office, because I am his favorite artist of all time, because I am the greatest artist of all time. It makes sense, he got good taste…then when I went on stage, it would’ve been good if this video didn’t get out, but you saw the video [when he called Kanye a jacka**]. He never called me to apologize. The same person that sat down with me and my mom, I think should’ve communicated to me directly.”

Timestamp: 54:38

Kanye received a lot of heat from everyone, including former President Obama after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards fiasco. In a behind the scenes video of Obama preparing for an interview, he called Kanye a “jacka**,” and it wasn't his last time calling him out of his name. Obama stood by his statement in an interview with The Atlantic calling Ye a “jacka**,” but softened the blow with a praise to Kanye’s talents.

Quote: “It’s not that I was particularly fighting for Beyonce’s video. It was every time an award show has ever done that, just fu**ing with artists. We are HSP, highly sensitive people. Artists, that’s what you love about us. So you’re going to line up a whole bunch of artists, and put us in some bum a** suits? This idea from 200 years ago, we dressed like we 200 years ago, lined up trying to wait to get a gold statue? And you’re going to make us feel like s**t. It’s five of us and four of us got to the restaurant with our friends and be like ‘man we ain’t win nothing.’ F**k that.”

Timestamp: 58:38

The Grammy’s has a history of getting things wrong, the most recent is arguably SZA being the most nominated female artist but walked away that night empty-handed, or when Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN didn’t win Album of the Year, and later won a Pulitzer Prize.

Quote: “Because our cape got taken away when we was three years old. We’re broken. We’re in the simulation. We want our BMW, we want our house, we want to pay all our money for the house. We want to buy this dress for our wife. We want to put our kids in school. We want this championship trophy. We want this jewelry. We want all these different things…I can’t talk somebody out of wearing Gucci…when I see branding I see insecurity and I see people buying security, buying it back through a brand.”

Timestamp: 1:21:22

Yeezy has repped brands like Polo, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Maison Martin Margiela either through song lyrics or flexing on the red carpet. His childhood friend, rapper GLC, speculated in a 2017 interview with The Chicago Morning Takeover that Ye needs approval from the white community, according to HipHopDX, because of the nature of being married to a white woman. Charlamagne asked why people want the validation that comes with buying luxury brand items, or the approval of “white or rich people,” and Kanye seemed to have grown from the bondage of seeking approval. He attributed this to his “breakthrough.”

Quote: “The fact that he won, it proves something. It proved that anything is possible in America. I’m not talking about what he’s done since he’s been in office, but the fact that he was able to do it … I felt the nonconventional … when I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that.”

Timestamp: 1:36:25

Kanye never sticks to the script and he never fits in, but rather molds, bends or breaks spaces he occupies. In the interview, he described that’s what he connects with as it pertains to Trump. It’s not the policies, but the fact that someone without any political experience or background is able to fill up that space.

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8 Best Samples From Megan Thee Stallion, Tyler The Creator And DJ Khaled's Projects

Megan Thee Stallion, DJ Khaled and Tyler, The Creator have more in common than just a release date. The artists also know a thing or two about thoughtful sampling.

Their projects, which all happen to be some of their best efforts, find inspiration from 70s soul and deep 90s underground jams. Jackson 5, Jay-Z and Sizzla were sampled on DJ Khaled's previous release Grateful, but with Father of Asahd, the producer and proud dad jumps back into the crates. This time around, modern hits are used like Ms. Lauryn Hill's "To Zion" and Outkast's "Ms. Jackson."

Megan Thee Stallion's samples also prove her rhymes aren't the only thing fans should pay close attention to.

Check out some of our favorite samples from this week's releases below.


Megan Thee Stallion- Fever 

1. "Hood Rat S**t"

Sample: Latarian Milton's Viral Video (2013)

Plucked from the wonderful world of viral videos, Megan uses the then 7-year-old's mischevious joy ride to accurately describe how she rolls with her crew.

2. "Pimpin"

Sample: DJ Zirk & Tha 2 Thick Family featuring 8Ball & MJG and Kilo-g  "Azz Out" (1996) 

There's something to be said about Megan's very clever samples. The chorus to the late 90s underground gem stems from southern legends like Tennesee's 8Ball and MJG along with NOLA's own Kilo-g. Megan grabs a few bars from the track and puts her own twist on them for the chorus: "Stick 'em up, stick 'em up, raise 'em up, raise 'em up Drop it off in his fucking face just to saw it off/Gotta get my a** ate, gotta make that a** shake/Gotta swipe this ni**a card so much they had to call the bank"

3. "Simon Says" featuring Juicy J 

Samples: Billy Paul, "Me And Mrs. Jones" (1972), "Looking For Tha Chewin,'" DJ Paul (Ft. 8Ball, DJ Zirk, Kilo-G, Kingpin Skinny Pimp & MJG) (1992)

Another variation of the aforementioned track is also heard on her collaboration with southern legend Juicy J. The soft intro by way of Bill Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" also offers a soulful touch to the track.

DJ Khaled- Father of Asahd

4. "Holy Mountian" featuring Buju Banton, Sizzla, Mavado and 070 Shake) 

Sample: "One Spliff a Day," Billy Boyo (1981) 

Boyo's legendary riddim has been used by a bevy of artists including SiR and Wiz Khalifa but Khaled's curation of the track with some of the biggest names in reggae takes it to another level. It also doesn't hurt that his longtime friend and icon Banton opens the album.

5. "Just Us" featuring SZA 

Sample: "Ms. Jackson," Outkast (2001) 

This sample definitely raises the eyebrows, but the careful loop paired with SZA's sing-rap flow makes it worth a listen.

6. "Holy Ground" featuring Buju Banton 

Samples: "To Zion," Ms. Lauryn Hill and Carlos Santana (1999) 

Grand opening, grand closing. Banton closes out the album with soul-baring lyrics and a thoughtful sample to match. Carlos Santana's chords from the original track give the song a sentimental feel along with Banton's lyrics about mass incarceration, cultural warfare and spiritual freedom.

Tyler, The Creator- IGOR

7. "A BOY IS A GUN" 

Samples: "Bound," Ponderosa Twins Plus One (1971) 

Tyler might have gotten inspiration to sample this song from Kanye West (Bound 2), but his take is smooth and subtle as he navigates through love and heartbreak.

8. "ARE WE STILL FRIENDS" featuring Pharell Williams 

Samples: "Dream," Al Green (1977) 

Underneath IGOR's tough exterior lies a gentle soul. The placement of Al Green's "Dream," on the latter end of the album takes the listener on a starry love high. Pharrell and Tyler allow the sample to act as a skeleton for the song as they point out how to keep love alive.

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Issa Vibe: The Best Songs To Fit Your Different 4/20 Sessions

April 20th isn’t a national holiday, but it might as well be.

Although recreational marijuana use is only legal in 10 states, the U.S. is home to approximately 35 million regular users of cannabis, according to a survey done by Yahoo News and Marist University. That's 10.6 percent of the American population and while that may seem minuscule, the numbers are growing daily and it's understandable.

Weed has now become a staple of American culture; it's become a legitimate business in the states where it's legal, it's now part of the way people socialize, and better yet it's a theme in some of the hottest music out today. "Kush" has been included in some of the hardest verses that millennials and generation-z kids have heard in their lifetime.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, amazing emcees in their own right, are also widely known for their love of the green plant. Wiz's biggest album, Rolling Papers is clearly influenced by weed and along with the Snoop Dogg-assisted "Young, Wild & Free" is all about that green positivity.

There's an endless list of hits about rolling up a joint, hitting it and passing it, but what about moods? Whether it's a bowl, a blunt or an edible weed, can leave people feeling a variety of ways and that all can be traced to a certain strand of weed someone's inhaling, or the mood they're already.

Regardless, it's important to be prepared and have music ready to match whatever feelings marijuana concocts; and that's why VIBE compiled an adequate list of songs for each of the main pot moods.

So on this 4/20, sit back, relax, smoke and find the songs that suit the vibe.


The "Let Me Chill Out" Mood 

Sometimes the best way to come down from an over the top high is to play some tunes with a soft beat and a light voice. The best artists in the game right now, like Jhené Aiko for instance, have created that sound that's perfect for when relaxation is needed, so of course, she made the list.  These are the top four songs that can help anyone kick back and relax if a pull from a joint just isn't hitting the right way.

"Blue Dream" by Jhené Aiko "Muse" by Afro Nostalgia "Summer Games" by Drake "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar (feat. Zacari) The Bad B*tch Hours or "Top Two and I'm Not Two" Mood 

You look around the room and realize: you're top two and you're not two in it. All it took was one or a couple of puffs and then a pass to make you feel pretty good about yourself. One of the main upsides to smoking that's constantly mentioned in the media is that it can help alleviate chronic pain, well, another positive to it is that it can leave you feeling sexy, sensual and everything in between.

This is that high that can make you feel that you're significant other is lucky to have you, and subsequently makes you hit them up, that tells you: you're single and ready to mingle. It's a smoking session that lets you know: if you shoot your shot now, you'll score and it's a session that you want music playing that only affirms how sultry and seductive you feel. If this is how 4/20 leaves you feeling, putting on some RiRi or even Young Thug can effectively get you 'in your bag.'

"Same Ol' Mistakes" by Rihanna "Tyrant" by Kali Uchis (feat. Jorja Smith) "Worth It" by Young Thug "Smoke Break" by Chance the Rapper (feat. Future) The "Head in the Clouds" Mood 

More often than not, edibles have the power of leaving people spaced out and speaking slowly, after consuming them. Sometimes smoking weed, or hotboxing with friends is a silent event. Either everyone's consumed by their phones, or every other person has been looking at a nonexistent spot on the wall for the past 15 minutes.

Regardless this isn't the high where people want to hear "Act Up" by City Girls, no matter how much they love them. No, this is the high where people need music that takes them on a journey. Songs where the production is out of this world and it seems like the artist specifically made the song for a smoke session like no other. Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is full of tracks with that vibe, and Lil' Wayne, a weed connoisseur of his own, has songs that fulfill that need too. Smoke a bit and let the weed do its thing.

"ASTROTHUNDER" by Travis Scott "I Feel Like Dying" by Lil' Wayne "Hyyer" by Kid Cudi "St. Tropez" by J. Cole The "Got the Giggles" Mood 

This is when the blunt hits perfectly and there's nothing wrong in the world or when the bowl did its' job and leaves everyone feeling silly. A "feel good high" is the best way to describe and the best way to live through that kind of smoke session is to listen to some "feel good music." These are the songs that can have people swaying unknowingly to its' beat, or the tracks that leave people smiling from ear to ear. This is the session that lets people know that "this is it chief," and here are the best songs to go along with it.

"Pass the Vibes" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment "Dreamcatcher" by Metro Boomin' (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott) "It's a Vibe" by 2 Chainz (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko) "Binz" by Solange
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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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