Few people can conjure the feelings of pomp, hype, and circumstance during interviews quite like Kanye West. Even when he's saying something which quite literally stands at direct odds with the messaging at the root of his earlier work, people are still meticulously following these discussions, often invigorated and disappointed in equal measure.
With this week's return of David Letterman's post-Late Show Netflix experiment My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, those less-than-enthused with recent West developments have plenty to study. The episode, out May 31, is already notable for its moments of touching reflection on the legacy of the late Donda West and some post-filming comments of support from the host.
"I was frightened, honestly, because I had only met him a couple of times on the show and I knew that depending on the day, you weren't quite sure which path you were going to be on," Letterman said when looking back on the interview sessions with the Today team earlier this month. "He was working on what he calls his Sunday Service and I didn't know what to expect. We went to it early in a sound studio in Burbank and it was remarkably spiritual. It was quite moving."
Ahead of the My Next Guest Season 2 launch date, we've compiled some noteworthy moments from the West-centered episode, ranging from his controversial thoughts on Trump to an assessment of his and JAY-Z's complementary narrative stylings. Dive in below.