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Jimmy Kimmel: 'Finally, I'm in a rap feud' with Kanye West

Kanye West is not happy with Jimmy Kimmel. How can you tell? Just read a slew of tweets West generated on Thursday night, in which he called the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" a "manipulative media mutherf-----" and said "your face looks crazy" (among several other things). 

Kimmel — who also got an angry call from the rapper, as he told his audience Thursday night — was delighted: "Finally, I’m in a rap feud. I always wanted to be in a rap feud."

The source of West's ire comes down to this: The musician gave an interview to BBC Radio One earlier this week in which he insisted he was the world's biggest rock star and the inventor of leather jogging pants. After showing a clip from the interview, Kimmel wondered, "Does Kanye West know you're not supposed to be your own hype man?"

But Kimmel thought the interview was too odd not to run through a kid filter (previously he had Josh Groban sing/read some of West's tweets, if you recall), and decided to do a short re-enactment of some of the key exchanges, using child actors as West and his interviewer Zane Lowe. (The show added chocolate shakes to the re-enactment mix, which was a nice touch.) 

The result was hilarious, and aired Tuesday night. But when West got wind of it, he took to Twitter and released the Kraken on Kimmel. He kicked things off on Thursday evening.



And in short succession West published nine more tweets aimed at Kimmel and the piece, incorporating Sarah Silverman and Ben Affleck references along the way. (Note: Some of the tweets contain vulgarity.) 

He also gave Kimmel a call, said the host: "He told me I had two choices: No. 1, apologize publicly. And that was really the only choice — the other choice he gave was that my life … 'your life,' he said, 'is going to be much better if you apologize.'" 

According to Kimmel, on the phone West said, "I am the most powerful voice in media," and repeated "I am 'Pac" (likely a reference to the late rapper Tupac Shakur, Kimmel suggested). 

Said Kimmel, "So, I don’t know. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why he’s angry. Again, the bit was, I thought, pretty innocuous."

Since Thursday night, West's feed has been silent. But no doubt Kimmel's staff are keeping a close eye on what may come next. They are, as Kimmel noted, at "DefKanye Five."