Kanye West visited the White House on Thursday and delivered an enthusiastic, erratic 10-minute monologue in the Oval Office while sitting across from President Donald Trump.
West at one point referred to himself as a “motherf—er” during his visit.
“Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today,” he said, adding: “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now, and he might not have expected to have a crazy motherf—er like Kanye West.”
Trump described the rapper’s rant as “pretty impressive.”
“That was quite something,” the president added.
West, who recently said he has changed his name to “Ye,” said the speech came from the “soul.”
“You are tasting a fine wine,” West said of his monologue. “It has multiple notes to it.”
The rapper wore a “Make America Great Again” hat as he spoke with Trump about a wide array of issues, though he was there to discuss prison reform in particular. West said that wearing the hat made him “feel like Superman.”
At one point, the two men hugged, and West proclaimed, “I love this guy right here!”
West’s public embrace of Trump has been controversial, and he has faced a significant amount of criticism over various political statements he has made.
For example, West sparked outrage on social media and beyond late last month when he called for the abolishment of the US Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which officially ended slavery in the US. West later clarified that he wanted to “amend,” not abolish, the amendment.
During his visit to the White House on Thursday, the rapper addressed the subject again.
“We have to release the love throughout the entire country,” he said, adding: “We don’t have the reparations, but we have the 13th Amendment.”
Of West, Trump said: “He can speak for me anytime he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”