Kanye West’s fast talking and complaining has been on irritating quite a few people. But talk show host, Arsenio Hall, didn’t let recent comments about him go unchecked.

Hall recently responded to comments West made during a Power 106 Breakfast Club interview. West used Hall as a negative example of what can potentially happen if he’s too vocal. According to the rapper, the reason Hall’s first talk show was cancelled was because he ruffled white executive’s feathers.

“Like usually, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts, so then therefore everything else has to be thrown up,” Hall said to HipHollywood during last week’s Grammy nomination show. “At the end of the day he’s a musician I’m a comedian. We’re not doctors. Nobody works for Johns Hopkins…we’re not educators. And I think we take ourselves a little too serious. But that’s something that will straighten itself out with maturity.”

“I don’t like to be put into those conversations, cause there’s no struggle here,” he continued. “My struggle was in the ghetto of Cleveland. There’s no struggle now, and nothing about what I do or he does.”

The comedian also shared his thoughts on West’s usage of the word “slave” in songs such as his single, “New Slaves.”

“I hate the word ‘slave’ used in songs. Get the f**k outta here. Do you know what that word is? Do you know what that word is all about? Nobody can use ‘Slave’ in pop culture. If you’re in the music business you shouldn’t f**k with that word. It’s too serious an error. Too serious a problem in America.”


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  • Gabriella

    But that’s Arsenio’s point! Wages and the whole prison industrial complex are forms of modern day slavery. Not Kanye West or pretty much any “pop star” who earns millions for what they do. No one negating the fact that there is constant pressure put on celebrities, especially our black celebrities. However, Arsenio is saying don’t feel sorry for me and use to as an example in what perceive as a struggle because there is no struggle here.

    The struggle belongs to the everyday people who can’t make a decent living, who struggle to provide for themselves and their familes after working for minimum wage. The struggle belongs to black and brown children who can’t walk down the street without fear of being either killed or stop and frisked. That seems more like some modern day “show me your freedom papers” and “new slave” type shit to me than Kanye West. I’m sorry.

    I’m sure Kanye lives and struggles with his own pain. I also believe that his pain is as valid as the next person’s. Everyone has problems, but Kanye West seems to have a problem with seeing the world outside of himself and putting things into perspective.

    • I can understand and respect what you and Travis are saying (although somewhat different views, there’s truth in both). I actually saw the whole interview with Kanye on the radio (it’s on youtube). What he was saying is that we are all slaves to something (in some way). So it was actually deeper than what Arsenio is boiling it down to. Also, his comment regarding Arsenio wasn’t meant to disrespect him, but it obviously struck a chord with him.

      Kanye definitely could have a different approach but a lot of what he says is true (if you listen). I respect Arsenio and like them both, but he definitely missed the point. And lastly artists are very important to our society (not just in their reach but the imprint that they can leave on a culture).

  • Basically

    In the matter of all things important, commedians and rappers are not important. I think that is what Arsenio is saying. Nothing deep about it.

  • Missie

    I think what Arsenio said will blow Kanye’s mind…lol. He will be on Ryan Seacrest going off like some mitch.