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Kanye West: I’m not a racist

After speaking about his love of art and how it helped influence the video for his new song “Power,” (“I always had the dream of…

After speaking about his love of art and how it helped influence the video for his new song “Power,” (“I always had the dream of recreating the Sistene Chapel”).

West discussed his creative process and his admiration of James Cameron’s “Avatar” and the late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, whose creativity he said he uses as his bar.

“When I make music, I’m not really thinking about other rappers’ album,” West said. “I’m thinking about the McQueen collection.”

The rapper became reflective when a viewer posted a comment referring to West as racist.

“I actually don’t know a rapper before me who liked white people more than me,” he said. “I don’t know a rapper who collaborated with more white people.”

“I know what I did that made people put it in a box, but it never came from a place of that,” he continued. “I’m not going to dial into that but I will just say that in no way, am I a racist.”

West also says he is not a raving egomaniac.

“What you have to realize is a lot of times, when I talk and I am talking extremely cocky, I am not talking about myself,” he said. “I am talking about the work. I think people should be proud of their work.”

The rap star is now going for a kinder, gentler approach, he says.

“It’s no more time to be a rude a** celebrity,” West said. “It’s now all about the work. I’m not allowing my attitude to get in the way of the work anymore.”

Also, a year after infamously interrupting Taylor Swift on stage, Kanye West is set to return to the MTV Video Music Awards Kanye West, 33, is performing on the show, airing Sept. 12. (A rep for the rapper and MTV had no comment.)

The Grammy-winning rapper’s untitled fifth studio album is expected to drop this fall. He debuted a video “painting” for the first single, “Power,” on MTV last Thursday, and a follow-up single is also expected to be released in the next few weeks.

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