Obama: "Kanye West is Still a Jackass," Says he Prefers Jay-Z
Despite insult, the president said West is smart and talented
They may be from the same city, but President Obama is still not the biggest fan of rapper Kanye West.
Obama memorably called West a "jackass" in 2009 after the rapper ruined Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Three years later, the president hasn't softened his stance on his fellow Chicagoan, in an interview with The Atlantic.
When journalist David Samuels reminded Obama he’d previously called Kanye a “jackass,” Obama said he still thought that way.
"He is a jackass," said the president. “But he's talented and smart."
West caught the ire of another president in George W. Bush when he famously said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" in a 2005 NBC interview.
The president also mentioned that he prefers Kanye's Watch the Throne teammate, Jay-Z, to him.
Legendary rapper Rakim threw his two cents in on Obama's comments towards West.
"It's good that the president knows about Kanye," Rakim says. "But to have to call him a jackass? He should be a little more focused ... I mean, that exposure could have been 'Yeah, Kanye, he's a very interesting person.' Instead of 'He's a jackass.'"
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