One week after Kanye West said he wasn't going to mention President Barack Obama anymore, West mentioned President Barack Obama.
"The reason why Obama mentioned our name is because we're most relevant," West told radio host Angie Martinez during a radio interview at New York hip-hop station Hot 97. "He just says that because he's trying to be cool. Obama was supposed to be the coolest person on the planet, now he's got to say our names to be cool. It's like a feature. We featured in his interviews right now. They need a feature from us to get relevance."
West made similar comments about the president during another radio interview last week.
I just think that we're pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down. People was fine with me being everyone's punching bag for about five years. "This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that's going on [...] just say you hate Kanye and there's going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye." That was kind of my position in culture and he kind of used that too. "Oh, he's a jackass," because that's how the world felt.
In that interview with Philadelphia's Hot 107.9, West revealed he was done discussing President Obama in public. "I'm not gonna mention him no more, I'm passed that," West said. "That's out my thoughts. That's lowering my priority of thinking at this point."
When West was asked by Martinez on Monday if he was concerned someone from the White House would try to suppress his Obama commentary, the 36-year-old rapper seemed nonplussed. "Sometimes, I think about that at night," West said. "It don't matter, because it's still all a distraction. That's all they need and want: a distraction."