During his recent appearance on Real 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Nick Cannon addressed his mild, short-lived beef with Kanye West. Assuming you don’t live under a rock, you’re aware that ‘Ye called Cannon out for suggesting Kim Kardashian and Drake were likely romantically involved at one point. After Kanye told the Wild ‘N Out host to keep Kim’s name out of his mouth, Cannon fired back with a video message in which he said, “[Kanye’s] not gonna tell me what I can and what I can't say.”

Cannon shared more thoughts on the situation, claiming he was convinced ‘Ye’s rant was all for show.

“He’s a master at manipulating the media, and controlling the media, and controlling his message. So I had to step back and be like, ‘Why is he doing this?’ […] It’s Yeezy promotion,” Cannon told Big Boy (3:35). “[…] So, I was like, I’m gonna play the game he’s playing […] ‘Ye at his best.”

Cannon continued: “I was like, ‘Hey, I’m happy to be a part of the circus. Let’s get to it.’ And obviously again, to the core, I consider this dude a friend […] I stood up for him when it was the ‘slavery is a choice’ [incident]; I’ve always been like, ‘Yo, that’s not what the man was trying to say.’ And I even said that to him, I was like, ‘Yo, I’m always gonna ride for you, even when you’re wrong, ‘cause that’s what cats who ride with each other do […] But I think a lot of it was pageantry, at the end of the day.”

Cannon explained that he and Kanye go way back, and that he’s happy to see the multi-hyphenate “return to his roots” and reaching out to the people who were there at the beginning of his career. Cannon confirmed Kanye had contacted up to squash the beef; however, they didn’t mention the rumor concerning Kim and Drake.

“We didn’t chop it up about the issue. It was more about, like, ‘Man, it’s been a minute,’ and kind of getting back to it. That’s why I was like, ‘Alright that [video rant] probably was more for the public,” Cannon said. “And he said what he had to say, and I actually respect what he had to say, other than the fact that, you know, demanding me what I can and cannot say.”

Cannon said he understood where ‘Ye was coming from, as he was also upset when his ex-wife Mariah Carey was feuding with Eminem.

“I understood that he was being the patriarch and the protector at the moment,” he explained.

You can check out the full interview above.

Shortly after the interview aired, Cannon released the visual for his “F*ck Him” trilogy featuring an appearance by K. Michelle.