*Kanye West stopped by The FADER’s offices to play the staff tracks from his new album, “YANDHI.” Of course, the visit wasn’t complete without him expressing appreciation for several artists who’ve been accused of sexual assault and misconduct, including convicted sex offender Tekashi 6ix9ine and Louis C.K.
West later stated of A$AP Bari: “There’s no way I would have the number 1 record in the world without this man here,” Ye posted on Twitter Thursday, captioning a snap of himself Facetiming with the A$AP Mob co-founder.” He broke me out of my pretentious rich n—a shell.”
“Bari challenged me when no one else did and when he got in trouble I was scared to say he was my friend just like I did with [XXXTentacion] and that was some p—y s—t on my part,” West added. “I let the perception and the robots control me. That’s the true sunken place … Bari I appreciate your perspective and vision. You brought me closer to [A$AP] Rocky too. Jedis never let perception and cancel culture get between them.”
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As noted by Page Six, “Bari, 26, was accused of sexual assault last year when an explicit video leaked that allegedly depicted him demanding oral sex from a nude woman.”
The alleged victim in the video tweeted shortly after its release, “I was forced into bed by Bari and his crew and Bari got upset because I refused to engage in any sexual acts.”
Bari denied her accusations.
“A misleading video clip featuring adult content and activity has been released to the public without my knowledge or consent,” he said in a statement to Billboard after the video leaked. “Comments about myself or anyone being detained or arrested are false. We have resolved this issue amicably among all parties as adults. We were friends before this and will remain friends afterwards. Being raised by strong women who taught me to respect everyone, I’m disappointed in the situation as well as myself and will reflect on the situation appropriately.”
When West stopped by The Fader, wearing a Make America Great Again hat and Colin Kaepernick sweatshirt, he reportedly rehashed his nonsensical theories about slavery, saying that there were only 800 slaves during the 1800s and that if he were a slave, he would have “run, fought or got killed.”
Yeezy then ranted that he’d rather have had C.K. as host of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend than Adam Driver. West is the musical guest.