Rapper/producer/Taylor Swift-interrupter Kanye West stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to settle a beef with the host. But did West’s rambling, at times uncomfortable interview help his cause, or hurt it?
First, a little background: Jimmy Kimmel‘s ABC chatfest recently did a bit in which child actors reenacted a self-aggrandizing interview West granted to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. West was displeased, and expressed himself in a caps-locked back-and-forth with Kimmel on Twitter.
The Grammy winner appeared on the late-night program Wednesday to clear the air. Both men repeatedly stated that, unlike Kimmel’s twerking video, this was no publicity stunt. Similarly, both men seemed chagrined that the disagreement had gotten so publicly out of hand.
“We kinda just took it back to high school for a little bit,” West said, with Kimmel joking, “And I got beat up a lot in high school.”
During the extended sit-down, West made proclamations both sensible (“All I care about is my family. I care about protecting my girl, protecting my baby and protecting my ideas and my dreams.”) and brash (“For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself.”). And he claimed he does not let others’ opinions shape his behavior, stating, “You’re gonna love me or you’re gonna hate me, but I’ma be me.”
Press PLAY on the video below to watch part of the interview (the rest can be found on Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s YouTube channel), then scroll down to vote: Did West’s appearance on Kimmel’s show improve or worsen your perception of the self-described “genius”?