And in December 2016, after he was hospitalized for a "psychiatric emergency", West visited Trump, then the president-elect, at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
"We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city".
West's mother and father separated when he was young, so he didn't have a lot of "male energy" in the home growing up, he said Thursday. "It's attractive though", he said. "You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat. I just channeled it", West said.
"If ain'time I would've been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence, I feel that I'd be compelled to slap de'Fuq outta you bro For the People", T.I. added.
West also discussed clemency for Larry Hoover, who is serving life in prison in a Supermax facility, calling him a "beacon" and "a living statue".
And not only did he greet Trump with a big, affectionate cuddle, he also dubbed himself a "crazy motherfucker".
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West spent Wednesday at the SoHo House in Chicago with about 40 community leaders and advisers in preparation for Thursday's White House meeting, according to two sources who attended the discussions.
West, who has broken ranks with much of the left-leaning entertainment industry to support Trump, recently took fire for wearing one of the red baseball caps handed out at the president's raucous "Make America Great Again" rallies.
Mr. Trump told reporters, "It's also a respect issue".
West proceeded to pitch Trump on a hydrogen powered plane that he said should replace Air Force One.
"The problem is illegal guns, not legal guns", West responded.
Before they adjourned for a roasted chicken lunch, West stood up, walked over to Mr Trump and gave him a bear hug.
The president was clearly looking forward to having West visit the White House: Much of his lengthy "Fox & Friends" interview earlier in the morning was focused on his relationship with the rapper, linking their freaky friendship to a rise in poll numbers.
"It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS.Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now?".