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- On Wednesday night, Kanye West took to Instagram where he said he regretted not standing by rapper XXXTentacion before he was shot earlier this year.
- At the time of his death, XXXTentacion was awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic-abuse case
- West also spoke out in support of fashion designer ASAP Bari, who has been charged with sexual assault.
- “I let the perception and the robots control me. That’s the true sunken place,” West captioned his post. “Bari, I appreciate your perspective and vision.”
On Wednesday night, Kanye West took to Instagram where he said he regrets not standing by rapper XXXTentacion before he was fatally shot earlier this year. In the caption of his Instagram post, West said that not publicly showing support for XXXTentacion “was some p—- shit on my part.”
At the time of his death, XXXTentacion, born James Onfroy, was awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic-abuse case. He faced charges of aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.
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???????????????????????? there’s no way I would have the number 1 record in the world without this man here. He broke me out of my pretentious rich nigga shell. Bari challenged me when no one else did and when he got in trouble I was scared to say he was my friend just like I did with xxx and that was some pussy shit on my part. I let the perception and the robots control me. That’s the true sunken place. Bari I appreciate your perspective and vision. You brought me closer to Rocky too. Jedis never let perception and cancel culture get between them.
In his post, West said he felt compelled to speak out because of the allegations against ASAP Bari. The co-founder of hip-hop collective ASAP Mob, born Jabari Shelton, was arrested earlier this year and charged with two counts of sexual assault. He then sued his accuser for defamation, per Pitchfork.
“I let the perception and the robots control me. That’s the true sunken place,” West wrote in his Instagram post. “Bari, I appreciate your perspective and vision.”
On Thursday, West visited The Fader’s New York office wearing a Make America Great Again hat. While there, he played songs off his forthcoming album “Yandhi,” which featured XXXTentacion and Tekashi 6ix9ine, who has pleaded guilty to using a child in a sexual performance.
— Andy Cohn (@andycohn) September 27, 2018
While visiting The Fader, West also said that he would have preferred admitted sexual abuser Louis C.K. to host “SNL” this weekend over Adam Driver. You can read the full minute-by-minute account of West’s visit here.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated.
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