By Calum Slingerland
Published May 01, 2018

After sharing a behind-the-scenes look at his latest work this morning, Kanye West made an appearance on TMZ Live alongside site founder Harvey Levin and conservative commentator Candace Owens. During the appearance, West both touched on his recent controversies, and seemed to create a new one.

Speaking aloud to the TMZ newsroom, West touched on the topic of slavery, saying, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

Continuing to tout his status as a “free thinker,” West was then challenged by TMZ commentator Van Lathan, who interjected, “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything.”

Lathan added, “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said.”

Lathan continued: “While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

As their exchange became more heated, West told Lathan to stop raising his voice as it “will make us look crazy.”

West also revealed that he became addicted to opioids after getting liposuction, which reportedly led to his 2016 breakdown and subsequent hospitalization. He told TMZ that when he met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 2016, he was “drugged the fuck out, bro!”

Addressing the TMZ newsroom, West said, “two days before I was in the hospital I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids. I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all! I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like y’all called [brother in-law Rob Kardashian] at the wedding and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want y’all to call me fat! So I got liposuction, and they gave me opioids.”

West then went into greater detail about how he came to upping his dosage, in addition to how those in his camp responded to his use of the medication.

“These pills that they want me to take three of a day, I take one, two a week maybe,” West continued. “Y’all had me scared of myself, of my vision, so I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to the hospital and prove everyone right. We are drugged out. We are following other people’s opinions. We are controlled by the media, and today it all changes.”

Find clips of West’s appearance below. And if this still isn’t enough Kanye for you, check out his other new interview with Charlamange over here.

Kanye West stirs up the TMZ newsroom over TRUMP, SLAVERY and FREE THOUGHT. There’s A LOT more that went down … and the fireworks are exploding on @TMZLive today. Check your local listings for show times.

— TMZ (@TMZ) May 1, 2018

After saying slavery was a choice, Kanye tells TMZ’s Van Lathan to stop screaming because it “will make us look crazy.” ?

— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 1, 2018