Kanye West had a friendly conversation with the paparrazi earlier today at a gas station in Calabasas, California. He explained the altercation he had with a paparrazi at LAX a few months back.
"What I didn't get to say on Jimmy Kimmel is that's the day I found out that my grandfather was not gonna make it," Kanye says. "He passed two weeks later." Kanye goes on to say that he didn't hit the individual and hopes that he and the paparazzi can coexist without anymore issues.
"I know you guys are gonna photograph me, I know it makes a cool photo. I got a cool ass car and shit. I got a dope ass house," he continues. "We're in this together. You guys help me influence."
Here's the full transcription of Kanye's words, which began when a paparazzi said he doesn't respect 'Ye because he's not a doctor (sigh.):
"It's not about being a superstar, it's about being a human being. And I don't really appreciate that. One of these guys here was saying some bullshit earlier about you're supposed to respect doctors. Like, you got to respect human beings.
“My family is growing up. Think about this, if you have a daughter, and you guys say crazy shit to me all the time. You say it to my family and ask about this. I couldn't imagine my daughter being 4-years-old, you know, and you guys screaming at her. I think somebody screamed at Tom Cruise's daughter or something like that.
"The guy set me up at the airport the other day. He was fucking laughing and shit, and he came like...What I didn't get to say on Jimmy Kimmel is that's the day I found out that my grandfather was not gonna make it. He passed two weeks later. But when I'm coming out the airport because, 'It's Kanye, whatever, we're gonna fuck with him, we're gonna antagonize him.' I tried to stop his camera and stuff. He fell down, faked it, then people we're talking about, 'Oh yo, why did you hit that guy?' I obviously didn't hit the guy, but I'm going through shit. I'm trying to have a business call.
"I know you guys are gonna photograph me, I know it makes a cool photo. I got a cool ass car and shit. I got a dope ass house and it's all good and shit. But it's like, we're in this together. You guys help me influence, you help with the family. You help Kim’s power and everything. I’m not trying to fucking come at you guys in any type of negative way, I don’t want you guys being negative to me. And I would prefer that we just have a decent relationship.”
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