Published 1:43 PM EDT Oct 14, 2018
Kanye West's break from social media lasted all of seven days.
After a bizarre week that included a highly publicized meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office and a spontaneous trip to Uganda, West returned to Twitter to talk "mind control."
The controversial rapper opted out of social media last week after catching heat for an equally peculiar pro-Trump rant following his appearance on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."
In a series of Twitter videos shared Saturday, West gave his unfiltered thoughts on the negative effects of social media in a nine-minute live video of him talking directly to the camera.
"I just want to talk about mind control," West began. "You know, when people try to influence you through social media and try to tell you what to do, or if you post something that's, like, positive on Instagram, it gets taken down if it's not a part of a bigger agenda."
He continued: "That's like mind control. That's the echo chamber. That's trying to control you based off of incentivizing you and based off of you getting enough likes. That's the poison that's happening with social media."
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West discussed his self-proclaimed genius-level IQ score ("Straight up Sigmund Freud, Tesla vibes"), his dislike of people telling him what to do ("Feel like they're touching my brain") and compared the policing of his thoughts to a woman's right to consent ("She wants to be in control of her body and choose who she wants to give it to. ... I feel like that with my mind").
"Imagine you, like, cut your skull open and somebody like touched your brain with their hand, how that would hurt you," West asked. "That's how it hurts me when people try to tell me what to do when I'm going from my heart. Try to tell me what to say. This ain't programmed."
The father of three says he's not crazy, as he's been portrayed: "It's all part of a system to control your mind. To control my mind. To make me look like I'm crazy to you. I am not crazy. I can ramp up if I suffer from sleep deprivation."
West said Twitter and Instagram are the least of his worries, adding that his fan base remains loyal.
"I'm not worried about any type of blog or social media. Y'all already saw it was a lie," he said. "Social media told you that Hillary was gonna win and she didn't win. Social media told you that people didn't like me, but everybody loves me. Everybody loves Ye."
In typical West fashion, the rapper didn't hold back the love he has for himself: "I'm in Africa recording. ...The music is the best on the planet. I am the best living recording artist."
West is likely working on his highly-anticipated "Yandhi" album, which his wife, Kim Kardashian, announced is delayed until Nov. 23.
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