On a recent visit to Chicago, Kanye West stopped to take a brief interview with reporters about the state of the city, which has suffered from spates of violence and labors under a massive budget deficit. There were over 70 shootings during the first weekend of August alone.
West said he plans on returning regularly to his hometown because he believes he can contribute to some of the important work being done in the city.
“How does it feel to be home in Chicago?” a reporter from Fox 32 asked.
“It feels great, bruh," Kanye responded.
He added that he was in Chicago to work with Chance the Rapper on his album. Chance, a fixture in Chicago culture and politics, recently launched an effort to subsidize education in the city and is reportedly looking at Kanye as a potential partner in his efforts.
“I love the city, and I am going to be here a lot more. ... It is a super inspiring place that made me who I am,” said Kanye. “I believe there is some work that I can contribute to.”
The reporter then asked him what message he would send back to President Trump.
“I like him,” Kanye replied.
In April, Kanye took to Twitter to express his frustration with Chicago, saying “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.”
In the same interview, Kanye unofficially announced the creation of a group called "Donda Social," named after his late mother, who raised him in Chicago. The group counts among its goals, "improving living conditions" for Chicagoans by "assisting neighborhoods that have facing dire issues with housing, education, gun violence and drinking water."