In the world that is Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), it’s hard to know what rant the artist will make next. It’s musicians like that him that keep TMZ and his PR agent happy. Social media and news outlets were working overtime this weekend as the latest saga in the world of Ye continued. Appearing on the Drink Champs podcast hosted by N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Ye laid it all out on the table, dishing on his marriage with Kim Kardashian-West, GOOD Music label, music career, and his beef with Drake.
Right off the bat, Ye addressed the longstanding rumors of his failed marriage with Kim Kardashian-West. Despite the media’s attempts, Ye has stated Kim and him are still together. Ye took Kim’s SNL debut and opening monologue personally, attacking the SNL writers for their part in it. Says despite helping her with many of the jokes used, Ye was blindsided about one in particular.
“SNL making my wife say, ‘I divorced him,’ on TV because they just wanted to get that bar off, and I ain’t see the papers. We’re not even divorced … They ain’t no joke to me. My kids want they parents to stay together. I want us to be together,” Ye said about her performance.
Switching to the musical side of things, Ye spoke about his latest album Donda and the process of making it. In response to the questioning, if Soulja Boy’s verse on “Remote Control” was good, Ye responded with a simple “Nah.” Rapper Soulja Boy, since the release of Donda, has been very passionate about his feelings about being left off the album on social media. Speaking on his other hip hop beef with fellow rapper Drake, Ye was very nonchalant about it. According to Ye, a VERZUZ battle with Drake wouldn’t be fair.
One of the biggest standouts in the interview was the subject of his relationships with former supporters of his, Big Sean and Jay Z. While no one can truly understand how Ye views relationships, we get a glimpse in the interview. It is clear Ye regrets signing Big Sean to GOOD Music following the recent Big Sean news.
“When I die, on my tombstone it’s gonna say, ‘I deserve to be here because I signed Big Sean.’” He went on to add that signing Sean was “the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
In the midst of that, Ye took the chance to attack, what was once his best friend, Jay-Z. Going back to the days of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, Ye called out the producer of the album Just Blaze, calling him a “copycat of Ye.”
Big Sean, Jay-Z, and Just Blaze all took time to respond to the claims Ye made.
Despite the attacks and bold claims Ye has made throughout the interview, the 2-hour long talk opened up a lot of dialogue. It was refreshing to see Ye address some of the things that have plagued him since this past summer. There were moments of clarity in his tone while getting his point across. Ye is a man who bows nor holds his tongue for anyone. It’s no wonder he makes waves wherever he goes. His interview broke records for REVOLT, the black-owned media network.
According to Variety, West’s conversation with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, spanning two-and-a-half hours, had 3 million viewers in its first 12 hours of release, which is the most viewers Revolt TV has had for a single episode to date. It was something, Deon Graham, the chief brand officer of Combs Enterprises, pointed out as a win for the black community.
“Revolt’s long-term partnership with ‘Drink Champs’ is a perfect example that we are more powerful together when we use our platforms to control our narrative and give the voices shaping our culture the freedom to create unapologetically. N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN continue to be proven leaders in this space and deserve to be acknowledged in this moment for creating a program that every power player in hip-hop has to visit. This show is on track to be the most viewed hip-hop interview of all time.”
You can watch the full Drink Champ interview with Ye below.