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Kanye West Says Mos Def Told Him To Move Overseas After Taylor Swift Incident

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 10/19/10

Kanye West Says Mos Def Told Him To Move Overseas After Taylor Swift Incident

Although Kanye West has been back in the spotlight for months now, as he readies his upcoming, fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the rapper's never really explained what he had been doing when he disappeared following the infamous 2009 Taylor Swift incident.

He opened up a little, though, during his appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Los Angeles on Tuesday (October 19), explaining that he completely moved out of the country, post-Taylor Swift, to clear his mind and re-examine things.

And, it was Mos Def who advised it.

"It's a pretty bugged out story. I literally left America. I stopped doing music altogether," Kanye told Ellen. "I just took some time -- I went to Japan to get away from paparazzi altogether. And then in November, I moved to Rome and just like lived there. Then, when I came back to the States, I moved to Hawaii and lived there. I lived there for like six months and just worked on music again."

As he continued his explanation, Ye said he learned a lot while being away. First off, he took time to reflect and deal with the passing of his mother and look at all the things he's done ... even before the release of his 2004 debut, The College Dropout.

Kanye said he actually never had a chance to do any of that.

"What was good about going away was ... it was the first time I got to stop, since my mom had passed, because I never stopped and never tried to even soak in what all had happened," said West. "It was the first time I stopped since I actually made it ... since I started. It was time to take a break and just develop more as a person as a creative and focusing more on my thoughts and my ideas and what I wanted to bring to the world."

While the flamboyant rap superstar says he's toned down his personality and hopes to never have another crazy public outburst, he makes it clear he can't stop how he feels about certain things in pop culture.

"I feel like in some ways I'm a soldier of culture. I realize that no one wants that to be my job, and I'll never go on stage again. I'll never sit in an awards show again," explained Ye. "Will I feel convicted about things that really meant stuff to culture that constantly get denied for years and years and years? I'm sorry, I will. I cannot lie about it in order to sell records."

In addition to speaking on his time away, Kanye showed off his new grill ... which isn't exactly a grill. When Ellen asked about it, the rapper explained that he had replaced his bottom row of teeth with a more permanent diamond encrusted version. Why? "I just thought the diamonds were cooler," he explained.

Kanye's upcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is due out November 22.

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  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com @THe_ToNY_GRaNDS™

    "Kanye West Says Mos Def Told Him To Move Overseas After Taylor Swift Incident" <-- That's because Mos likes White girls like a ball player, & he didn't want Ye fucking up his action with the saltines.

  • gaetarick

    honestly, enuff of this "Taylor Swift incident" crap!

  • http://www.ButtFuckerTrucker.com Buttfucker Trucker

    Im movin outta the United Snakes of America too.. american niggaz dont even go to concerts no more programmed.. robots..
    I hate the food here too
    Golabki & Zywiec on deck

  • http://www.wtnrradio.com/abeatz ABeatz of WTNRRADIO

    Yeah Kanye, we've been puttin up with your sh*t for way too long.

  • http://rassonarigato.com/ Arigato

    still like 'Ye...hip hop head for sure....

  • http://www.lyricalsurgeon.com Lyrical Surgeon dot

    Kanye is not that bad of a person he is just being true to himself which ironically has nothing to do with anyone else. We should all be so blessed to live so free.

  • Pale Horse

    ' and all this illuminati talk ...like my first hit single wasnt jesus walks ' cooottt damnnn ....yeezy a motherfucking beast

  • Mikey11

    You are a moron. Who cares if a black guy likes a white girl. You people wanted equality and desegregation, but you can't handle it.

  • TheTruth

    What an utterly vapid human being.

  • I’mFunny

    And what exactly do you mean by; "you people"?!

  • koopapoopas

    We didn't miss him when he left the country.

    Just another worthless idiot rapper with nothing to say that hasn't been said already.

  • Truth

    "You people" is a polite word for Stupid fucking niggers who should learn to say "thankyou" for the gifts that white people gave them instead of mouthing off and being barbaric chimps like their uncivilized, machete-weidling genocidal cousins in Africa.

  • SocietyisScrewed

    You're about as funny as cancer. Keep doing your thing, oh brave keyboard warrior.

  • NoHope

    This sickens me that this only has two down votes.

  • JMAG

    Man all this negativity. Y'all need to smoke some and think about your life. What good is your comment on the interwebz?

  • God

    Hell no. Moronic hicks, just like this, are the reason America is a doomed civilization. You are the backwards, inbreeding, FAT AND LAZY fucks that are literally reversing the natural process of evolution within the human species. I hope your kids obstain from inbreeding and marry an educated black man you filthy cracker. By the way, being white myself, im ashamed of you and gurantee youd never have the balls to say this outside the internet because you sure as hell know your balls would get chopped and fed to you you fucking animal. AND THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS THE RESULT OF GENERATIONS OF INBREEDING. Racism is literally one of the most obvious scientific cues of evolutionary retardation. I hope your mother gets cancer mr. "Imfunny". That, my friend, would be hilarious.

  • God

    Hell no. White people, just like this, are the reason America is a doomed civilization. You are the backwards, inbreeding, FAT AND LAZY fucks that are literally reversing the natural process of evolution within the human species. I hope your kids obstain from inbreeding and marry an educated black man you filthy cracker. By the way, being white myself, im ashamed of you and gurantee youd never have the balls to say this outside the internet because you sure as hell know your balls would get chopped and fed to you you fucking animal. AND THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS THE RESULT OF GENERATIONS OF INBREEDING. Racism is literally one of the most obvious scientific cues of evolutionary retardation. I hope your mother gets cancer mr. "Truth". That, my friend, would be hilarious.

  • Call it like it is

    stupid ass.....theres certain things rock stars are supposed to do?? NO, REAL rock stars make their own lane, not try to be like others, or try to be what u THINK others want u to be. I used to love his music but this guy is so far gone. it's weird to actually see him in an interview in the 2 week period he wasnt an ass who thinks he's a god (hmmm, wonder where he got that logic from, considering Jay Z thinks hes a god too) P.S. Jay Z makes and wears shirts that say "Do What Thou Wilt" which is the slogan for Satanism. The only ppl who deny the obvious truth are so brainwashed into worshiping these freaks like Gaga who wears devil horns IN her forehead, puts an upside down cross on her crotch, swallows her rosary and oh yea like all her songs are subliminal messages about the devil like Marry the Night or Bad Romance which the vid clearly depicts her initiation into Satanism. Anyone who sees this and still denies it just cause they think the music sounds good is brainwashed. Sure her stuff is "catchy" but that doesnt mean i will blindly follow some Devil worshiper and give her my money or praise. also anyone u see who puts a circle over 1 eye this sign means allegiance to Satan, in case youve wondered. And oh yea Birdman from cash money has a pentagram tattooed on his damn head. and in some pics he can be seen holding 2 fingers up on one hand and 1 finger down on the other hand. Know why? it represents the upside down star or pentagram which has 2 points up and 1 down. Hope a few ppl get to see this post, save yourself, free yourself from being slaves to whatever they do and u just follow along.

  • Guest

    Everything comes from the black ppl we... you come from us dummy - if we leave we take everything with us. understand this truth.

    The gifts that white ppl gave... disease, famine, ghettos, no true brotherhood or spirituality... Your lies won't work those of us who escaped your lies and endoctrination... truth be told were coming for ya - and I don't have to call you names.

  • Pharoahs

    Listen up...

    Everything comes from the black ppl we... you come from us dummy - if we leave we take everything with us. understand this truth.

    The gifts that white ppl gave... disease, famine, ghettos, no true brotherhood or spirituality... Your lies won't work those of us who escaped your lies and endoctrination... truth be told were coming for ya - and I don't have to call you names.