In the upcoming season of David Letterman’s Netflix show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” the former late-night host interviews hip hop artist and businessman Kanye West. The Daily Beast posted a review of the interview a week before its official release, which details how West opened up about his fear as a man during the #MeToo movement and why he thinks liberals “bully” Trump supporters “like [him].”
Despite being nervous before, Letterman says his interview with West is “one of the most coherent and engaging interviews [he] has ever given, even if it does go off the rails at times.” The hour-long conversation consisted of many topics surrounding the often controversial artist, including his mother, battling bipolar disorder and life as an influential being. But one of the most noteworthy moments of the interview was West defending his support of #DonaldTrump. “This is like my thing with Trump—we don’t have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel.” When he wears his “Make America Great Again” hat, he says it’s “not about politics,” West explains. He went on to say his reason for wearing the “Make America Great Again” is not because of politics but instead to break down the stigma around supporting Trump. West also says he didn’t vote for Trump, nor has he ever voted. “Then you don’t have a say in this,” Letterman replied.
At one point, West ignores a point Letterman makes about it being problematic to support an individual who directly harms various groups of people with their words and actions. Instead of acknowledging, West says he cares about Trump voters who are “treated like enemies of America because that’s what they felt.” “Have you ever been beat up in your high school for wearing the wrong hat?” he asks eventually. When asked who is doing the majority of bullying in America right now, West says, “Liberals bully people who are Trump supporters!”
Earlier in the interview, West also discusses his brief beef with fellow rapper #Drake. “An artist which I will not mention, because I’m not allowed to mention him or any of his family members…,” West jokes. In response, Letterman says, “That’s fairly provocative.” “Well, we had a little beef last year,” Kanye says, before revealing that he is referring to Drake. “He has this line that I love that says, ‘I told my story and made history’—like made his story and made history. That’s what we do, we tell our story, and then people relate to that story.”
Elsewhere, West opens up about his experience dealing with bipolar disorder. “When you’re bipolar, you have the potential to ramp up, and it can take you to a point where you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it,” the rapper says, referencing his on-air meltdown at TMZ last year. The interview ends with the two discussing West’s latest musical creation, that is his “Sunday Service.” The series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” drops on Netflix next Friday, May 31st.