Kanye has been seen as one of the most brilliant artists of our time. He has had his own share of criticisms over the years.

His recent criticism was when Kanye visited TMZ headquarters in May and discussed his views on slavery. Things got ugly when the subject of slavery came up and Kanye said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” He continued, adding, “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all!?” Elite Daily reached out to West’s team for clarification on his comments, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Van Lathan a TMZ employee, gave Kanye an unorthodox response, telling the rapper that he was “disappointed, appalled … and unbelievably hurt” by his remarks, and those sentiments have been echoed by tons of critics and fans all over the world.

However, a new interview with New York times shows Kanye in a totally different light, “I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice,” Kanye said, adding, “I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice.”

He went on further to say “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel. I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through”.

“Also, what I wanna say to everyone listening right now — I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully. And it’s not something for me to overly intellectualize,” he said, adding, “This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way, more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.”