In an interview with the Sunday Times, West reflects on his infamous rant on E! News where he said that Beck needed to “respect artistry” after Beck won the Grammy for album of the year over Beyonce.
“I’m fine to apologize for inaccuracies,” West says. “You know, I send flowers for inaccuracies. I talked to Beck’s wife, and I think I had a point about Beyonce’s album, but I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry.”
During the Grammys, West approached the stage during Beck’s acceptance speech as he did with Taylor Swift, but then stopped himself and walked back to his seat.
“I don’t make suggestions, I make propositions,” West says in the new interview. “I don’t give requests, I give directives. There’s no in-between.”
West publicly apologized to Beck earlier in the year via Twitter. In the new interview, the rapper nevertheless discusses his frustrations with the public reactions that ensue whenever he expresses his opinions.
“Isn’t it amazing that people are so constantly shocked by the commonly agreed-on truth?” West says. “How much bullshit are we in if, every single time I give not just my opinion, but a vast 80%, 90% opinion, I get into that much trouble? When the truth is a mass opinion. That’s not about accuracy, it’s the definition of truth.”
“In this fight, in this struggle for beauty, in this struggle for awesomeness, in this struggle for fair play, in a
manipulative field, there might be a couple of inaccuracies on my part. But far fewer than the inaccuracies of the current systems,” West adds.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.