Kanye West's Commutation Plea For Larry Hoover And 6 Other Overlooked Moments From His Trump Meeting
Kanye West's grave rhetoric hasn't been pleasing to the masses. The artist turned sometimes philosopher paid a visit to the White House this week to meet with President Donald Trump, fifty-eleven cameras and Jim Brown. The hysteria of it all caught the immediate attention of the public and 'Ye's former collaborators like Diddy and T.I. with the substantial talking points being left at the wayside.
With Brown and senior adviser Jared Kushner by his side, West shared his thoughts on prison reform, specifically a pardon for street legend Larry Hoover. His attorney Justin Moore explained that the Gangster Disciples kingpin six consecutive life sentences are a bit brash. In 1973, Hoover was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison for killing a drug dealer in California. He was later given more time in 1973 for reportedly overseeing gang activity from prison. The now 67-year-old has been stripped of his gangster aura and has been cited as a peacemaker between gang members, a point West attempted to make with Trump before he started rambling.
"The reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community," West said. "He started showing that he actually had power, that he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice, but he could wrap people around. So there’s theories that there’s infinite amounts of the universe and there’s alternate universe. So it’s very important for me to get Hoover out, because, in an alternate universe, I am him. And I have to go and get him free because he was doing positive inside of Chicago, just like how I’m moving back to Chicago and it’s not just about, you know, getting on stage and being an entertainer and having a monolithic voice that’s forced to be a specific party."
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hoover was the “chairman” of the GDs which he later rebranded as community geared toward "Growth and Development.” The gang caught the attention of many as it's roots were intertwined with a corporate identity.
But his critics like former federal prosecutor Ronald Safer (who put away Hoover) claims Hoover is more influential than ever. “Larry Hoover ran the largest monolithic gang that’s ever existed in our country,” Safer said. “It was a gang that was responsible for over $100 million in drug sales in Illinois alone and operated in 28 states. It was single-handedly responsible for hundreds of murders in the city of Chicago.”
Now that the dust has settled we've gone back to comb through Kanye's 10-minute rant.
Check out more of the statements you missed from his meeting with Trump.
You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have a – I've had conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat. They say – you know, first of all, it’s a limited amount of jobs. So the fathers lose the jobs, and they say, “We’ll give you more money for having more kids in your home.” And then, we got rid of the mental health institutes in the ’80s and the ’90s, and the prison rates just shot up.
On Chicago's Declining Murder Rate:
And now you have “Chiraq,” what people call “Chiraq” – which is actually – our murder rate is going down by 20 percent every year. I just talked to the superintendent; met with Michael Sacks; that’s (Mayor of Chicago) Rahm (Emanuel's) right-hand man. So I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life.
How His Masculinity Was Damaged By Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign:
You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat – my own friends. But this hat, it gives me – it gives me power, in a way. You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And also, I’m married to a family that – (laughs) – you know, not a lot of male energy going on. It’s beautiful, though. But there’s times where, you know, there’s something about – you know, I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? But the campaign “I’m with her” just didn’t make me feel, as a guy, that didn’t get to see my dad all the time – like a guy that could play catch with his son. It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That was my – that’s my favorite superhero. And you made a Superman cape.
His Real Feelings On The 13th Amendment:
So it’s more important than any specific deal – anything – that we bring jobs into America, and that we provide a transition with mental health and the Amer-I-Can education curriculum that Jim has worked on. Larry Hoover also has a curriculum that he’s worked on. We have Montessori curriculums that we worked on. WeWork has a beautiful curriculum. The Waldorf establishment has a curriculum. We have meditation. There’s a lot of things affecting the mental health that makes us do crazy things that put us back into that trap door called the 13th Amendment.
I did say “abolish” with the hat on. Because why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor – the Constitution is the base of our industry, right? Of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and you – accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You end up – you got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship. The four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment – and I think the way the universe works, it’s perfect. We don’t have 13 floors, do we? You know, so the four – the four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment didn’t look like the people they were amending. Also at that point, it was illegal for blacks to read – or African Americans to read. And so that meant if you actually read the Amendment, you would get locked up and turned into a slave.
His Bipolar Misdiagnosis:
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist that works with the athletes in the NBA and the NFL. And he looked at my brain – it’s equal on three parts. I’m going to go ahead drop some bombs for you – 98 percentile IQ test. I had a 75 percentile of all human beings, but it was counting eight numbers backward, so I’m going to work on that one. The other ones, 98 percent – Tesla, Freud.
So he said that I actually wasn’t bipolar; I had sleep deprivation, which could cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now, where I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name. So all this power that I got, and I’m taking my son to the Sox game and all that, I wouldn’t be able to remember his name from a misdiagnosis. And what we need is, we can empower the pharmaceuticals and make more money. That’s one thing – I’ve never stepped into a situation where I didn’t make people more money. So we can empower pharmaceuticals, we can empower our industries, we can empower our factories. We can bring not only Adidas onshore, but we can also bring – Foxconn has set up a factory in, I think Minnesota.
On His Hurricane Katrina-Bush Statement:
I believe that when I went on to NBC, I was very emotional, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality. A welfare mentality. I think that with blacks and African-Americans, we really get caught up in the idea of racism over the idea of industry. We say if people don’t have land, they settle for brands. We want Polo-sporting Obama again. We want a brand more than we want to land.
Because we’ve haven't known how it feels to actually have our own land and have ownership of our own blocks. So when you don’t have ownership, then it’s all about how something looks. It’s about the patina; it’s not about the soul, it’s not about the core. So we focus more on, is somebody wearing something; is someone disrespecting so I got to shoot them. Or the idea of someone being racist.
Read the entire transcript here.