In an in-depth interview with The New York Times, the 41-year-old rapper talks about his song, “Wouldn’t Leave,” on his new album, Ye, which suggests he and Kim went through a rough patch after his controversial appearance on TMZ Live last month where he claimed slavery was “a choice.”
In “Wouldn’t Leave,” Kanye raps, “Build your own’—I said, ‘How, Sway?’ / I said, ‘Slavery a choice’—they said, ‘How, ‘Ye?’ / Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day / Now I’m on fifty blogs gettin’ fifty calls / My wife callin’, screamin’, say, ‘We ’bout to lose it all!’ / Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave.”
The rapper says that after his explosive comments, he definitely felt there was a chance Kim could leave him.
“There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’” he admits. “So that was a real conversation.”