Not all rap feuds have happy endings (just think of Biggie and 2Pac)—but luckily, the Kanye West/Jimmy Kimmel battle of 2013 ended on a positive note.
After the rapper slammed the comedian on Twitter over a bit involving a child recreating a now-notorious BBC interview of Kanye’s, the two (figuratively) kissed and made up on Oct. 9’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Both men got to speak their peace about the situation; Yeezy admitted that he didn’t watch the entire video Kimmel’s show made because he didn’t want to be infuriated, and Kimmel revealed that he didn’t see the whole video that inspired the spoof.
“Yeah, that’s what I thought,” Kanye replied.
“People don’t stand up and protect their dreams,” he said. “People are too scared of getting spoofed.”
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The 36-year-old rapper elaborated by saying that his late mother, Donde, encouraged him to always believe himself—and that’s a lesson he took to heart.
“I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way the control people with low self-esteem with improper information, with branding, with marketing,” he said. “I refuse to follow those rules."
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Jimmy, 45, acknowledged that Kanye’s disregard for society’s unwritten rules, commenting on what one may perceive as the rapper’s lack of humility.
“I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk,” Jimmy said. “When you said you’re a genius, I think that upsets people. But the truth is a lot of people think they’re geniuses, but nobody says it because it’s weird to say. But it is most certainly more honest to say, ‘I am a genius.’”
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“I’m totally weird and totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes,” Kanye said. “And the thing is for me not to say I’m not a creative genius I’d be lying to you and to myself.”
Ultimately, Jimmy Kimmel offered peace over a pair of running shorts, and a hilarious clip of Josh Groban singing Kanye’s tweets—but there was one thing that he couldn’t let go.
Jimmy asked, “Do you really think I look like Spongebob?”
“It was the first thing that came to mind,” Kanye said with a laugh.
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