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Kanye Says He Is A Soldier Of Culture+T.I. AXEd From Endorsement Deal

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Kanye West dropped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday to show a sneak peek of his new movie "Runaway."  See what else he had to say inside plus get the deets of T.I.'s now former deal with AXE...

Kanye West spoke with Ellen earlier today for his first real sit-down chat (besides "Jay Leno") since he was publicly banished after the Taylor Swift incident in 2009.  Kanye told Ellen what he's been up to and previewed a clip from the 35-minute experimental movie for "Runaway," which MTV and BET will premiere in full on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

After the Swift incident he took the advice of friend rapper Mos Def, who advised 'Ye to get out of the country for a while until things cooled down."  He said, 

"I left America. I stopped doing music altogether. I just took some time I went to Japan just so I could get away from paparazzi altogether. Then in November I moved to Rome and just lived there, and when I came back to the States I moved to Hawaii. I lived there for about six months and just worked on music."

When Ellen asked if he paid attention to the MTV VMAs media storm, it got a little emotional as he said, "What was good about going away it was the first time that I got to stop since my mom had passed," referring to his mother, Donda West's, 2007 death.

"I had never stopped and never tried to even soak in what all had happened.  It was the first time I had stopped since I had made it. Since I had started. It was time to take a break and develop more as a person, as a creator and focus more on my thoughts and my ideas and what I wanted to bring to the world."

Ellen then got deep and asked if the Henny he was sippin made him run on stage.  And Kanye said in the moment, he just felt like he had something to get off his chest.  He described feeling like an unwanted pop culture canary in a coal mine and swore to never again attend an awards show.

"I feel like in some ways I'm a soldier of culture.  I realize that no one wants that to be my job and I'll never go on stage again. I'll never sit in an award show again. Will I feel convicted about things that really meant stuff to culture that constantly get denied for years and years? I'm sorry, I will. I cannot lie about it to sell records." 

Now...that's a deep statement coming from a music artist as record companies, like other businesses, are mainly concerned about the bottom line.  But I'd rather a soldier of culture than a puppet of the industry or a stereotypical plaything.  This kinda make me love Kanye a little more.  And his whole "rebellious guy" thing.

Watch a clip of the interview below:

 

 

T.I. signed with AXE earlier this year and now he's already been removed from their website. A while back we reported that T.I.'s legal troubles put him in danger of losing his deal with deodorant maker AXE...and it did.  A rep for the company says "We will no longer feature T.I. in our promotional campaign.

The decision comes one month after the company publicly stated it was "troubled" by T.I.'s recent arrest for drug possession.  So that's one less check coming into the T.I./Tiny household with all those mouths to feed. SMH. 

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Kanye would never lose my support because of that lil country western singer she should be placed in her league cw and nothing else. And if he apologizes to he again I'm gonna find him and whip his ass myself.
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I feel for Kanye. But, he

I feel for Kanye. But, he needs to understand that MTV is going to honor who THEY WANT. Beyonce's album can sell 25 million records. MTV will still find a way to give Brittany or Lady Gaga award even though Beyonce deserves the honor. MTV will always honor their own stars no matter what. Kanye needs to deal & accept that reality. If he cannot be professional enough, to keep quiet despite the winner; then, he needs to remain at home.
Tamika's picture

Sucks for TI but that's the

Sucks for TI but that's the name of the game. And I agree with Natasha's perspective on Kanye not being an industry puppet. www.citizette.com
Lizzy's picture

*Awaiting the FREE T.I.P."

*Awaiting the FREE T.I.P." campaign to start...................again. It's always "FREE such and such" AFTER they f*ck up repeatedly.............
Colonel Stinkmeaner's picture

i'm rooting for TI. i hope he

i'm rooting for TI. i hope he does better after all these chances. kate moss did it... so can he! so proud of kanyes more humbler persona
leesh's picture

did anyone hear that beyonce

did anyone hear that beyonce is pregnant? i thought YBF would've been the first to report...oh well...
Anonymous's picture

it's only being reported by

it's only being reported by US weekly so right now it's a bullshit story, they are FOREVER reporting things like this. I'm sure Tasha is getting to the bottom of it and if it's not on here it's not true.
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i heard about it today, for

i heard about it today, for the 5th time this year. ybf is always late either that or tasha knows it's bullshit again. i wish she wouls get preggers so people can stfu and be happy.
ladi's picture

He's said that before, that

He's said that before, that he wouldn't attend award shows anymore, yet he still seems to show up.
ava unknown's picture

I tend to read YBF comments

I tend to read YBF comments before bedtime for entertainment sake and have never been compelled to respond except for now. I love the old Kanye- the humble, college dropout who was unapologetic for his reaction to social ills. That album spoke volumes about class, race, you know- those things that actually matter. It resonated on so many levels about my personal experience from going to an undergraduate HBCU in the South to a graduate program in a Big Ten school in the Midwest. Like one of the comments above, "I miss THAT Kanye". The problem now is that he's a fame whore who hangs around other larger than life fame whores with swelled egos (a la Jay-Z), believing that the sun rises and sets on his opinions. He wants to be the Michael Jackson of his generation but the difference is that Michael stood for purity, love, and lashed out against the "devils" in the music industry (interpret as you wish). Do you think Kanye's mama would stand for diamond teeth, drugs, alcohol, blonde fembots, pornographic art covers, etc.? The man is talented, no doubt but he runs the risk of caving in to his own creativity. Why not just make good music instead of tweeting about how you'll "bless the city by wearing all white". Get over yourself already. You haven't learned a thing no matter how many mea culpas you make about Taylor Swift and how much time you spent in Hawaii or Rome because if you did you wouldn't be so desperate to get back in folks' good graces- you would let the music speak for itself. I'm over this new Kanye and haven't spent a dime on any of his albums since "Graduation". This is not jive. I am a therapist. Just because you recognize that you didn't deal with your mother's death doesn't mean you learned anything- hence your teeth. And how appropriate that he did the theme song "Power" for "The Social Network". He's another Zuckerberg- "not an asshole but trying hard to be".
The Movie Shrink's picture

The whole game is dying

The whole game is dying ,people dont care anymore and if so what can they really do voice there thoughts but thats about it. K is trying to be a voice but really the people is the voice and nothing will change until thee people change. so k should speak from his heart and not his mind.
Realer's picture

If it looks to long to read

If it looks to long to read something ain’t rite!
ok's picture

I feel you and I feel

I feel you and I feel Kanye...I believe he is a conflicted individual...he has so much knowledge of self but left that on the curb back once he got caught up in the hype of rich white america. I have only tasted the "good life" a few times but I can confirm indeed it tastes good. I have read many of the books on our culture and I share in the sentiment Kanye expressed while under the grip of Ms. Hennesy...its just a grim reality that the drunk mind speaks the truth while the sober social mind stays shackled under the chains of blonde fembots and rubbing elbows with white priviledge that has not our best interests at heart. I believe Kanye is so sincere when he sits there and gets emotional because I too suffer from that confliction. Do you do the right thing or do you do what feels good in the moment? There is no denying that money feels good. Its just a harsh and sad reality that embracing and claiming cultural pride will not land you front row at Milan fashions week. In these Americas there is no both. You claim culture and raise a fist and fight the power, you can kiss all that Milan shit goodbye and perhaps brotha Kanye is just too addicted to the "good life". Let us hope he is not because the brotha has power and knowledge. He has simply fallen victim to the matrix. May he beat his addictions and unleash that which he learned so long ago. I feel you Kanye and I will feel your pain...this amerikkka is no joke. Programming is real. 90% are programmed. Sadly, even mama West fell victim (plastic surgery) *****please excuse typos and ill spelling. Wine + blogging = possibly not so good.
anon's picture

Very well written. If only

Very well written. If only Kanye could read this. I think he'd actually appreciate your sentiment. Kudos!
Anonymous's picture

I Love Kanye..He reminds me

I Love Kanye..He reminds me SO much of my Nephew who is also a Gemini like Kanye..Good to see you back Ye!
ME's picture

Things happen for a reason.

Things happen for a reason. This whole Taylor Swift incident showed Kanye that no matter how "big" he is or thinks he is, he still a n*gga in the industry's eyes. They threw his ass under the bus, while the lil white chick blew up to epic proportions. Now maybe he will humble himself.
Get it Together Black People's picture

"even if you in a Benz you

"even if you in a Benz you still a nigga in a coupe".... ~ Kanye West
I'm Sayin....'s picture

He fails to realize that just

He fails to realize that just because HE thinks that Beyonce "Single Ladies" was important to "culture" that everyone else may or may not agree. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and convictions but when you try and FORCE those opinions and convictions down people's throats, that's the issue. For him to think that he has the ONLY relevant opinion and or that HE and HE alone decides and defines what's relevant to pop culture speaks of his narcissistic nature and tendencies. I dunno........still a narcissistic egomanic if you ask me, that's just who he is......fame is nothing more than a battery in his back......
Anonymous's picture

I totally agree. And this is

I totally agree. And this is what kanye fails to realize. I thought he did with some previous tweets but now he is giving me second thoughts.
holla06's picture

I hear you Kanye!! I am so

I hear you Kanye!! I am so sick of hearing of the Taylor Swift incident, its over. I am glad he took the time to grieve his mother because that's a cold blow to deal with it. It seems as though he ran from it for a long time but finally, it had to be done. I love Kanye as an artist, even his arrogant ways! He really is an ARTIST. I wish him the very best. As for TI, dude I am so mad at you right now. Wow. Just wow. Hopefully something good will come of it.
Anonymous's picture

Kanye makes some bomb music

Kanye makes some bomb music but I think he needs to go see a therapist.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT's picture

kanye seems sad and down.

kanye seems sad and down.
zoe's picture

Maybe T.I. can get an

Maybe T.I. can get an endorsement deal with Nyquil. He uses their products ..no?
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LMAO!

LMAO!
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KC & JOJO's picture

I love Kanye as an artists,

I love Kanye as an artists, he is truly that an artist!! People do wrong things, but he's human. That lil skinny gal, who cant sing no way made a lot of cash of that whole incident. I am glad he's back , he keeps HIP HOP exciting!
Island Gyal's picture

omg...ellen had the only

omg...ellen had the only freakin logical comment from this whole ordeal at the end of the clip. im glad ellen said that!
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Anonymous's picture

I never understood why people

I never understood why people gave Kanye so much shit..especially after his mother died. clearly he was a mamas boy and didnt deal with her death in the way that he should. I still love him as an artist and person in general. Its ashame how many "fans" Kanye lost over that Swift thing
Jasmineee's picture

<3 Kanye! I love the fact

<3 Kanye! I love the fact that he says whats on his mind..no matter how ridiculous the statement is..as oppose to being an industry puppet a la Rihanna. I hope he doesnt let the Little White Girl Incident affect him as a person. everyone makes mistakes.
International.'s picture

Stayed pressed hater!!!

Stayed pressed hater!!! Rihanna is the architect of her success and it keeps getting better!!! Stay the fuck mad!!! Kanye, keep being the genius that you are and keep working with people in your league such as Rihanna!!! Y'all run this town!!!#POW
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I love some Tip, but damn,

I love some Tip, but damn, stupid is as stupid does. No sympathy for Kanye's a$$ either; just don't feel him at all whatsoever.
Anonymous's picture

Kanye, you suck. Your ego is

Kanye, you suck. Your ego is beyond earth. Music is a art form that is viewed by different people and painted by different cultures of artist. Say it like it is. TI, you and Tiny are jerk offs too.
Anonymous's picture

I don't know about Yeezy. I'm

I don't know about Yeezy. I'm sick of him kissing Taylor Swifts ass and talking about it. This is lamer than the Chris Brown Rihanna BS. Let it GO! And why is he on Ellen? Kanye has lost his edge. He always kissing ass and dressing homo. Kanye always got on a scoop neck shirt and tight pants and slippers. I'm not feeling him.
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

Furious Styles..get a grip..

Furious Styles..get a grip.. nothing wrong with a scoop neck on a man if you can pull it off and he can. its called EUROPEAN STYLES.. go check out a fashion show once in a while if you know so much.. oh wait.. no BAGGY PANTS that HANG off your ASS ( down to your knee caps ) and a White T_Shirt is your idea of fashion..LOLOL
funkybella's picture

I can't believe that I

I can't believe that I FINALLY agree with you. But I'm still a Kanye fan :)
yooo's picture

watching Kanye on ellen right

watching Kanye on ellen right now.
Anonymous's picture

He can take his psychotic

He can take his psychotic sell out butt back over to Japan and Rome. Plenty of none black women who will love that looney tune over there!
BOYCOTT KANYE's picture

He can take his psychotic

He can take his psychotic sell out butt back over to Japan and Rome. Plenty of none black women who will love that looney tune over there!
BOYCOTT KANYE's picture

Did you guys know during the

Did you guys know during the interview Kanye revealed he had replaced his bottom teeth with diamonds? 0_o
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