Nov. 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM ET
Kanye West will say no more about President Barack Obama, the rapper declared during an interview on Philadelphia's Hot 107.9 Monday.
"I'm not gonna mention him no more," the "Yeezus" rapper told hosts Shamara and Laiya St. Claire. "That's out of my thoughts. That's lowering my priority of thinking at this point."
West explained that he felt "used" by the president, who "used to come and visit me and my mama and tell me that he's about to run for president." The rapper was raised in Chicago, while Obama served as an Illinois senator before being elected president.
"The president likes to use (pop icons) just to be down and stuff," West claimed. "People was fine with me being everyone's punching bag for about five years. ... That was kind of my position in culture, so he used that too. 'Oh, he's a jack---.' Because that's how the world felt."
The rapper was referencing comments the president made following the 2009 incident in which West crashed Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech. The president stood by his assessment of the rapper in 2012, during an interview with The Atlantic, when he once again called Kanye a "jack---," but insisted the artist was also "smart. He's very talented."
As for speaking his thoughts about Obama, West said, "I don't care if someone's the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you helping people and what you bring to the world."
Though things have turned a bit sour between the two, West was once one of the president's supporters. During Obama's first presidential run, the rapper performed at the Democratic National Convention and said, "It's an incredible time to be around. I wish my momma could have seen this day."