Nick Cannon Tells Kanye: 'You Not Gonna Tell Me What I Can & Can't Say'

By Peyton Blakemore

September 21, 2018


Well, I guess phone communication is a thing of the past. On Thursday (September 20), just hours after Kanye West went on a random Instagram rant attacking Nick Cannon, Drake, and Tyson Beckford (all of whom either shaded Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian or in Ye's words upset his spirt), Nick became the first of the three men to respond to Ye's rant. 

“Welcome back, Ye, from the sunken place. It’s a beautiful thing, I’m glad you’re back with us brother,” Nick began his two-video Instagram response. “Nothing but love and respect for you brother, you know I’ve always had that. But I honestly got to say this, my dude. I’ve never said anything disrespectful or harmful to ya, in my opinion, to your marriage or your union. I salute it, keep it going.”

“But you are not gonna tell me what I can and what I can’t say, I’m a solid individual," Nick continued, referencing Kanye's rant where he told him not to mention his wife. "Someone asks me a question, I’m gonna answer it to the best of my ability. I’m gonna give my opinion," he added. "There ain’t no harm, no foul. But I know it got your spirit feeling weird. Holla at me. You know where I’m at, you know what I’m saying. A man’s spirit is free but pride binds it at times, so you gotta let that lose, let it lose.”

As previously reported, Kanye's initial rant steemed from an Everyday Struggle interview where Nick said he didn’t think it was a “far off of a concept” that Drake and Kim hooked up. “First of all, I want to address Nick Cannon. I understand that you used to date my wife, but you know, you get into an interview, don’t mention my wife,” Kanye said in his first of four Instagram videos on Thursday. “If someone brings my wife up, say, ‘I respect that man, I’m not speaking on that.’ Don’t be making no suggestions — like nobody f**ked my wife,” Kanye said before directing his next statements to Drake. 

Clearly, unbothered by Ye's words, the Wild 'N Out host continued his response, by saying, "let’s talk about it. Come on the [Wild 'N Out]. Let's show it’s all love … we can have a good time with this. It can be Mariah [Carey] jokes, Kim jokes, all that,” Nick, who was married to Mariah for eight years, said in the video. “In all seriousness, I’ve got nothing for love for you, but I’mma always speak my mind, just like you always speak yours. Not you, not NBC, not no corporate infrastructures, no one is ever gonna control what I say because I speak truth, always. It’s love.”

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