Cape Town – South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah has responded to speculations of “beef” between himself and American rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.
This was after an audience member asked him why he was beefing with Ye on a recent episode of The Daily Show.
Allegations of the two beefing started when the rapper claimed, during an interview on Drink Champs podcast hosted by Noreaga and DJ ELF, that Trevor was not from America and that he just “looks black”, reported The Citizen.
But Trevor maintained that he was not beefing with Kanye, as he grew up loving the rapper. He, however, admitted his concerns.
“I was never beefing with Kanye West, I was concerned about Kanye West,” he said.
He said he could not be beefing with someone who had openly admitted to having a mental health issue.
“I am genuinely concerned. If someone says to me or to anyone that they have a mental health issue, and they say to me and everyone else that when they don’t take their medication, they are unable to control themselves and then everyone ignores when that person is having an episode and they haven’t taken their medication, and you then give that person a platform, I sometimes think it is a little sh*tty to be honest with you,” said Trevor.
He also shared his experience with his grandfather who had bipolar and emphasided that he was not insinuating the rapper was bipolar.
“My grandfather was bipolar, I’m not saying Kanye is, but my grandfather was and we knew that when he was having an episode he could act in certain ways or do certain things like take the family car and drive off. But our job was to support him and to make sure he takes his medication, not to make him go viral for his behaviour,” said Trevor.
He emphasised his admiration for Kanye.
“I grew up loving Kanye. He is one of the few hip-hop artists who shaped the way I see music. The punchlines he had in every single song, it was like listening to comedy. He [Kanye] loves stand-up comedy. I grew up loving this man, I still love him, despite the sh*t he talks. So, for me it’s not a beef,” said Trevor.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe