Rapper Kanye West, on the receiving end of criticism in the music world after backing President Donald Trump, sparked fresh outrage Tuesday when he called slavery "a choice."
The rapper, never shy about expressing himself, made the comments in passing during one of two free-flowing interviews he gave as he promotes two upcoming albums.
"You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice," West told TMZ Live, the broadcast wing of the celebrity gossip site.
West's remarks immediately sparked an uproar on Twitter, his favorite medium.
The 40-year-old rapper, designer and husband of reality television star Kim Kardashian re-emerged last month after a year-long absence that followed a purported mental breakdown.
He enraged many fellow artists, but was embraced by conservative commentators, as he praised Trump, who has since cited the rapper's words as evidence of minority support.
In a separate interview with radio host, Charlamagne tha God, West said he had not followed Trump's policies but, "When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that."
West said he was upset that Obama invited other rappers to the White House such as Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z.
Obama, in off-record small talk with a reporter in 2009 that leaked, called West a "jackass" after the rapper disrupted the MTV Video Music Awards to say that Taylor Swift did not deserve her prize.
"You know, he never called me to apologize," West said, explaining that Obama had met him and his mother before being elected president.
"The same person who sat down with me and my mom, I think should have communicated with me directly."