Juelz Santana Speaks On ‘Arrogant’ Kanye West: ‘Ye Never Changed’
In an interview with VladTV, the Harlem MC spoke about when the Diplomats first signed with Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s. Juelz recalled meeting Kanye, who would also sign with ROC as an artist shortly thereafter and he noted that the Chicago native was already cocky even before he became a global superstar.
“He’s always kind of been like that,” Santana says in the video. “Ye never changed up. Now he just got a billion dollars, so it makes him more aggressive. More like, more intense, when he’s doing the shit he’s doing.”
“He’s always been that cocky, arrogant, flamboyant guy,” he added.
For the last several weeks, Kanye West has dominated the headlines with his controversial statements. Recently, Kanye claimed that he was mentally “misdiagnosed” with bipolar disorder and that his healthcare providers tried to drug him “out of his mind.”
“What should be obvious by now is that I was raised to stand for my truth regardless of the consequences,” Ye wrote on Twitter on Thursday (November 3). “So I will say this again, I was mentally misdiagnosed and nearly drugged out of my mind to make me a manageable well-behaved celebrity.”
Kanye also shared troubling text messages from Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer who allegedly threatened to “institutionalize” Kanye and send him back to “Zombieland forever.”
“Second option, I have you institutionalized again where they medicate the crap out of you, and you go back to Zombieland forever. Playdate with the kids just won’t be the same,” the message read.
Outside of sharing his insight about Kanye West, Santana recently addressed critics who claim that Lil Wayne stole his style of MCing. Appearing on Twitter Spaces to celebrate Wayne’s 40th birthday, Juelz took time to set the record straight on the subject.
“N-ggas love to, you know, especially these blogs … they love to always hit me with the, ‘Oh, Wayne took all this from you,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘Man, Wayne is a student of the game just like we’ve all been students of the game.’ So Wayne did exactly what he was supposed to do. Wayne studied every artist.”
“He took what he needed to take, and he incorporated it into his style and what he needed to do and became the best artist that he needed to be for himself, which is ultimately the best rapper in the world, “ he continued. “Wayne did what he was supposed to do. We all took shit from each other. That’s my brother at the end of the day.”