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kanye west. >> see you tomorrow. >> dicky: from hollywood, it's "jimmy kimmel live!" tonight -- kanye west. from "crazy rich asians," awkwafina. and mean tweets, hip-hop edition. and now, heads up, here's jimmy kimmel! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: welcome, welcome, hola, hola. wow. i'm jimmy, i'm the host of the show. thank you for watching. thanks for coming. i tell you something. i know what's going on right now. i feel the -- you know what it is --
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[ cheers and applause ] i'm feeling -- i feel dragon energy in the air right now is what it is. kanye west is here with us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] we could do two hours on his twitter alone. people keep asking, how did you book kanye? the answer is we didn't. you don't book kanye. when kanye decides he's booked he just lets you know. by the way, he brought me these sneakers, these yeezys. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. they were very cool until just now. [ laughter ] i'll tell you something, he didn't bring president trump a pair of yeezys. only me. [ cheers and applause ] so kanye is with us. from the pentagon this morning, vice president pence made it official calling for the
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formation of a new and exciting branch of the united states military. >> now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces. to prepare for the next battlefield where america's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation. the time has come to establish the united states space force. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that was not a scene from a movie. [ applause ] that was real. the space force is actually happening. they've got plans, they're finding money. michael bay is on board to direct the whole thing. [ laughter ] this announcement was a big bone to throw mike pence. mike pence loves space. sometimes mother even lets him wear rocket ship pajamas. that's how much he -- [ laughter ] i watched this whole announcement this morning and i was impressed by the fact that mike pence was somehow able to make an announcement about interspace warfare boring. that's hard to do. [ laughter ] but i will admit he did have his g to disruptursre
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baseupremacy in space as never before. our adversaries have transformed space into a war-fighting domain already. and the united states will not shrink from this challenge. [ applause ] >> jimmy: that's right. somehow mike pence is still the whitest one up there. [ laughter ] and of course no one is more excited about this than darth trader, donald trump. [ laughter ] this was a tweet today. "space force all the way." i've been laughing about it all day. i don't know. i keep thinking of it. that should be their slogan, "space force all the way." they're already working on a logo for the space force. in fact, the trump campaign sent an e-mail to their donors asking them to vote on a possible space force logo. why they get to vote on it i don't know, but there are six options they sent.
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these two, these two, and these two. [ laughter ] the logo for the space force should an picture of money being shredded and thrown at the moon. [ laughter ] i have to say -- [ cheers and applause ] i respect president trump for taking this joke as far as he has. [ laughter ] he has really committed. by the way, imagine if he did this all as a prank on mike pence, just to get him to announce it. [ laughter ] there's no space force, you idiot! by the way, space force is not an original idea. we did some research, we found out there was a tv movie in the '70s on nbc called "space force." look at this. ♪ we are the soldiers of the universe ♪ ♪ we keep the galaxy from getting worse ♪ ♪ always johnny on the spot ♪ we're the space force an ace force ♪
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♪ ♪ call an ace force ♪ call the space force ♪ you can even call collect ♪ call the space force [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's right, i hope fred got an emmy for that. maybe that's where trump got the idea. he was a kid watching "space force" on nbc -- what's going on? >> hello? come in. space to earth. [ cheers and applause ] come in, earth. >> jimmy: this is earth. >> this is commander fred willard, do you hear me? >> jimmy: yes, commander willard, we hear you. >> to whom am i speaking? is this jay leno? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, no. jay retired. this is jimmy kimmel. >> oh. that's disappointing. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh. well. i'm sorry, commander. but are you contacting us from space right now? >> i sure am. as soon as i heard president
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trump was bringing the space force back, i re-enlisted. >> jimmy: oh, that is -- you know what, that's very admirable. >> well, i don't like to brag, but yes, it is. [ laughter ] and i'll tell you, the old uniform still fits pretty good, am i right? >> jimmy: yes indeed. >> probably spend too much time in the weight room. >> jimmy: are you happy president trump brought the space force back? >> you're darn right i'm happy. president trump is going to make outer space great again. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: commander, how exactly is he planning to do that? >> well, for starters we're building a big, beautiful space wall, and those filthy neptunians are going to pay for it! [ laughter ] >> jimmy: hold on a second. i don't know -- it sounds a little bit offensive. >> offensive? what are you, some kind of sensitive little starflake? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, i just don't know why we always need to go to that -- >> that's probably because your mommy hugged you too much. did you hear what i told him? [ laughter ]
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seriously, jimmy, we've got rockets on loan from north korea. we're going to blow any planet who gives us guff all the way back down to hell. >> jimmy: well, okay, good luck with that, commander. >> the space force doesn't need luck, jimmy, we're teaching these aliens a lesson they will never forget. the united states of america means business. space business! >> jimmy: okay, all right. >> if i could get closer to you, i would! >> jimmy: i think we've got to go, the transmission's breaking up. >> the transmission looks fine to me. clear as a bell. >> jimmy: it's breaking up, it's very hard for us to see you right now. but thank you, commander willard. >> you're welcome, jimmy. and remember, when there's trouble in space, we're on the case! >> jimmy: thank you, fred. [ cheers and applause ] commander willard, commander of space force. >> space force! >> jimmy: oh, wow. >> all the way! >> jimmy: it's really in action. [ cheers and applause ]
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kanye west and awkafina will be here momentarily. kanye and awkwafina are both talented rappers and tweeters. music fans can be vocal with their opinions on twitter which is why from time to time we like to give those who are the targets of the haters a chance to respond. tonight we've done it again, it is an all new, all hip-hop edition of "mean tweets." [ cheers and applause ] >> 50 cent is a moron and needs to be kicked in the ball sack. i don't think anyone deserves to be kicked in the ball sack under any circumstances. i think you should take these violent thoughts and place your energy somewhere a little more productive. >> wow, isn't asap rocky a load of bull [ bleep ]. yawn. next. everybody's entitled to their own opinions. i'm not really mad at that [ bleep ]. >> now that eve is post-racial and trying to raise colorblind babies does she still have those paw prints on her [ bleep ]?
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yep. >> either a lesbian, a toddler, ex-con, or pusha t. if you're still rocking braids this year. yes, i still have braids. they're never going anywhere. and they're not going to grow. it's fine. >> just when you think the world is going to be okay, big sean comes out with a new piece of [ bleep ] song. >> i feel like remy ma physically fights her beat. like she can't rap on beat to save her life. remy ma also physically fights people that talk [ bleep ] on twitter. like for real. [ bleep ] come up. >> i wish i could make [ bleep ] music like rey sremmurd and make millions of dollars for it. i mean -- >> give it a try. >> looks like he [ bleep ]ed his own cousin, to be honest. what? >> yo, dj khaled, focus on getting your fat ass in shape, guy, you can't inspire people to be great when you haven't seen your [ bleep ] in years. >> imagine a pile of [ bleep ].
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but then that pile of [ bleep ] takes a [ bleep ]. that's what trippy red looks like. >> tyler the creator has a small penis with no real talent whatsoever. >> awkwafina has the voice of a 58-year-old divorce attorney. bitch, i know! >> logic is the worst rapper of all time. paula deen can rap better. yeah, that's messed up. >> lil' yachty's hair looks like licorice and his teeth looks like [ bleep ] m&ms. he looks like a complete [ bleep ] moron. >> i just farted and it smells like wale's entire discography. must be eating curry goat. >> looks like the crab from "moana." >> his forehead is so big all his songs count as a duet.
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>> lil wayne is what happens when you pour 4 loco on a gremlin. >> hey, what happened to t. pain? there's still a massive market for [ bleep ] music. damn it. what? [ bleep ] music or not, i'm doing way better than you. ha ha ha! suck my [ bleep ]. it's bull [ bleep ]. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thanks, everybody. tonight on the show, from "crazy rich asians," awkwafina is here. and we'll be right back with kanye west. [ cheers and applause ] >> dicky: abc's "jimmy kimmel live," brought to you by geico. ? i just switched to geico and got more. more? got a company i can trust. that's a heck of a lot more. over 75 years of great savings and service.
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is here. the performer, not the beverage. and next week, we have new shows with jeff daniels, tracee ellis ross, tom arnold, don cheadle, wolf blitzer, doctor pimple popper sandra lee will be here. you watch that, guillermo? >> guillermo: no, i don't watch that. >> jimmy: it's self-explanatory. jerrod carmichael and zoe kravitz, with music from chvrches, charlie puth, death cab for cutie and blood orange featuring asap rocky. so please join us for all that. you're invited to be a part of it. of our first guest is one of the most talented men in the world. he is a multi-award-winning recording artist, fashion designer and shoe salesman. his new album is called "ye." please welcome kanye west. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ how's everything?
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good? >> good, good. >> jimmy: first of all, thanks for being here and thank you for the shoes. nobody ever brings me shoes, you brought me shoes, that's very nice of you, very kind. and i'll tell you a story, and this is honestly true. the last time, a few years ago you sent me a pair of yeezys. i have never in my life had more people come up and talk to me than when i was walking around in them to the point where i was like, this is crazy, i've got to get these off, people are chasing me. i'm worried people are going to beat me up and take these. usually people wait -- i've seen them sleeping on the street waiting for these shoes. is that for you more rewarding than hearing people say they like your music? >> both. >> jimmy: it's both, yeah. sometimes it's like the thing you are accustomed to hearing and you start hearing something else, and it's more exciting to hear something else. but not for you. >> yeah, when you go out and do creative journeys, it is exciting for people to appreciate that. >> jimmy: yeah. >> especially if people, you know, didn't think that it was possible. like when i started off in chicago as an artist.
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as a -- i'm a visual artist, i went to art school. >> jimmy: right. >> and i decided to start doing music and people said it wouldn't work out. then i started producing and selling beats and i started selling beats to jay-z, rocafella and that started going well. i said i wanted to rap and people said that wouldn't work, they had this term producer rapper. it meant you wouldn't rap as well as the real rappers. that started working out. i said i wanted to design closes and that started working out. >> jimmy: what's the next -- what is next for you? >> well -- >> jimmy: space force? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> i would totally be involved. >> jimmy: you should design the uniforms for the space force. is that something that you would do if president trump asked you to do that? >> i'm into designing. >> jimmy: yeah. why not? [ laughter ] your wife was here last week -- >> space force!
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>> jimmy: oh my goodne somebody put a leash on him, will you? your wife was here last week. and she's very nice. and she did something i would imagine you're very proud of. she went to washington, she spoke to the president, and she actually convinced him to grant clemency to a woman who got life in prison, like real life in prison for a first-time drug offense. was that something you discussed with her before she did it? >> she's super passionate about it. and it was amazing for her to see that dream come true. >> jimmy: were you ever concerned about her being alone in the oval office with president trump? [ laughter ] >> well, he is a player. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: people got really mad when you were -- well, some people were very happy when you said you liked president trump. do you like -- do you think he is a good president? >> you're going to ask me -- can
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i answer the first question? >> jimmy: answer whatever you want. >> well, you know -- it's funny, you know. in this world that we live in there's two main motivating forces. and i tweet about it all the time. it's love or fear. and you can't explain love. you know, my cousin is locked up for murder. and i love him. so he did a bad thing but i still love him. and just as a musician, african-american, guy out in hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me. and then told me every time i said i liked trump that i couldn't say it out loud or my community because blacks are supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be democrats and all.
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so -- even when i said it right before i went to the hospital and i expressed myself, and when i came out i had lost my confidence. so i didn't have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. and it took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat, no matter what the consequences were. and what it represented to me is not about policies because i'm not a politician like that. but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in saying you can't bully me. liberals can't bully me, news can't bully me, the hip-hop community, they can't bully me. because at that point if i'm afraid to be me i'm no longer ye. that's what makes ye. i actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things -- >> jimmy: you must enjoy it, yeah. [ laughter ] >> i actually quite enjoy it.
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>> jimmy: because your wife was mad at you, right? i mean, according to your song, your wife was upset about that. >> right or wrong, or even if i change my mind about it or thought about it more, which i'm not saying i did, just place the thought out there that everyone's not thinking sometimes. galileo, they wanted to chop his head off for saying the earth -- what did he say? the sun revolved around the earth? vice versa. >> jimmy: right. >> so when you have modern -- >> jimmy: but the sun -- >> i'm not concerned about the specifics, sir. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: right, right. [ cheers and applause ] do you ever regret anything you say? or is it just -- you look at it like, hey, i put it out there, it's out there, there's no point in regretting it? >> i think people focus too much on the past and focus too much on regret. even like when you deal with
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schools. like you take like the slave idea. my point is, i've heard of history class. i've never heard of a class that breaks down how you, you know, balance a checkbook or how you control your finances, which my father never taught me that. and i've never heard of a future class. so they keep us so focused on history that we start to believe that it actually repeats itself. and we become overly traditional. and we can't advance as a race of beings. we get too caught up in the past and what everyone's saying and what everyone's tweeting. and sometimes you just have to be fearless enough to break the [ bleep ] simulation. when i mean simulation, this is what i mean by simulation. sorry, i know you guys wanted to clap but everything i'm going to say is going to be amazing. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] here's the idea why you're in a simulation.
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let's start with acting, first of all. a 2-year-old screams at a restaurant, the entire restaurant screams, teach that kid how to act. we're all unpaid actors in some giant script that we didn't write. simulation. a 2-year-old jumps on a coffee table and someone says that's a coffee table, don't jump on that. so it went from being something that makes him feel like superman, he's got his cape on, to something where he has to think about this person's like a family member, he's 2 years old, doesn't give a [ bleep ] about a coffee or a table. and he's starting to like calculate all these things. and by the time you're 40 years old you've got a wall full of coffee tables calculating you into traffic, calculating you into your career choice, calculating you into this house, townhouse that's not quite as big as the townhouse
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next and it just never works. that's the simulation that i'm talking about. that's what i mean when i say simulation. >> jimmy: i think i understand what you're saying. but i might not. but also maybe people don't want the kid to get hurt jumping on the coffee table, you know? and -- >> we are too protective. we always don't want someone to get hurt. can you imagine me talking to my publicist before i say i'm going on tv again? [ laughter ] like i'm going on -- [ applause ] >> jimmy: you should be wearing a helmet. >> i'm going on tv because it's awesome. i love jimmy. we can have a dialogue about the president and not a diatribe, you know. it's like we can -- i got that from sarah jessica parker. >> jimmy: is that right? >> yes. [ laughter ] shout-out. shout-out. but you know, one of the things
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i think that got missed on tmz is the main thing i was stressing is the idea of trying love. you know, we're always, you know, pushing out so much hate and love can cure so much. just to think, am i moving in love? is this out of love? not out of pride. pride is a word people often say in a positive connotation, but it's actually one of the seven deadly sins. it takes too much ownership. but you can replace pride with love. and when i see people just even like go at the president, it's like, why not try love? for one person to stand up against all odds and just hug somebody the way that alice johnson hugged her family when she got out of jail. that one by one by one we can defuse this nuclear bomb of hate that we're in as a society by
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thinking of everyone as our family. and how would we treat our kids? how would we treat -- >> jimmy: i think that's a beautiful thought but in literal terms there are families being torn apart at the border of this country. there are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing. and i think that we cannot forget that, whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. i mean, you so famously and so powerfully said george bush doesn't care about black people. it makes me wonder what makes you think that donald trump does, or any people at all? why don't we take a break, we'll come back, and kanye west is here. his album is called "ye." we'll be right back. because shopping should thrill you. (horn honking)
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>> jimmy: hi, we're back with kanye west. on the cover of -- we just got this magazine. "bazaar" magazine. there you are with the kids. they're very, very cute. climbing on your head. do you dress them? do you pick their outfits? >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: you do? is that fun for you? >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: do you design outfits for them? >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: you do. [ laughter ] do they love that? >> yes. >> jimmy: do they understand that process, that you draw something and then it becomes their clothes? >> my daughter went to a fashion camp for five days a couple weeks ago. and i visited her, and we put -- together we put the thread through the sewing machine. and it really brought me to tears to think about the 15 years that i've been working on apparel and for my friend virgil to be the head of louis vuitton, for me to have this, you know, $1.8 billion company out of, you know, a thread going through. and she -- my daughter asked me, daddy, do you have a sewing
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machine like this at your office? and i brought her to my office. and she did a bunch of sketches. and my head pattern cutter made her dresses right there. >> jimmy: really. >> for her. so she loves coming to the office and doing sketches. >> jimmy: boy, that's so much more fun than my dad's office. [ laughter ] one of the songs on your album is about -- you're in the song, correct me if i have any of this wrong. you're imagining your daughter as an adult dating and men looking at her. >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: and you're very, very worked up about this. >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: prematurely some might say. do you think about that? you think that far ahead? >> oh, i think lifetimes and lifetimes ahead. >> jimmy: and that -- and you actually are imagining like guys objectifying -- do you feel like your attitude towards women has changed since having daughters?
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>> no, i still look at pornhub and -- [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: what kind of stuff do you look at, what categories? [ laughter ] >> black is my favorite category. >> jimmy: you don't have to go into that. [ laughter ] i mean, you can if you want. >> hey, i mean, what's the point of being kanye west if you can't? let's break that apart first. >> jimmy: yeah, let's have it. >> a lot of black on white, obviously. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. [ laughter ] it's mirroring your own self, your own situation. >> my own reality. >> jimmy: right. it's like doubly masturbating in a way if you think about it. >> how do you do that? [ laughter ] i need that double -- >> jimmy: i'll show you after the show. [ laughter ] >> no, i don't want to see.
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>> jimmy: you have some really heavy songs. one of them is called "i thought about killing you." is that song about somebody in particular? and is it me? [ laughter ] >> you know, someone e-mailed me after that song came out and said that they had -- their mom had passed away and that they had taken 60 pills. and that they tried to kill themselves. and they wrote at the end of it, "premeditated murder." so it's -- >> jimmy: and that is a refrain, you say premeditated murder. that came from somebody writing you? >> no. after the song came out. >> jimmy: after. >> but saying that this person taking these pills and trying to kill themselves was a form of premeditated murder. >> jimmy: sure. >> and what i said is like, people areo ra ate'rectuay alin with, whether it's opioid
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addiction, whether it's suicide, whether it's all these things. we just want to like -- we want to put a patina on it and not face it. and i think the breakthrough for that album for me -- i don't do old versions of music, i'm looking to just find something new. the breakthrough was to be able to have a song called "i thought about killing you" in this like super-pc, hollywood, you can't say nothing wrong day and age. it's like, kanye west's first song "i thought about killing you" and take you through the thoughts. the other day i tweeted how to not kill yourself part 1. because when you're an artist and you're creative and you want to give so much to the world against all odds, there's times when you can go into that place. >> jimmy: correct me if i'm wrong, but the how to was don't be around people who make you want to kill yourself, right? >> yes. jimmy: yeah.
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good advice. >> that was the first one. i was inspired after seeing this alexander mcqueen film. because this was a beautiful, amazing artist that killed himself. and he always would talk about it. he even designed his own casket. i thought about casket design. i thought about a tombstone that said "are you happy now?" >> jimmy: it's funny but not funny really, though. >> yeah. >> jimmy: because, you know -- when you have thoughts like that, you have to be careful and talk to people. >> yeah. but you have to be careful -- well, not be careful. just be expressive and understand that all these people are sensitive people. like you get these celebrities and they get a bad photo and everyone just tears them all the way to shreds and you forget this is a daughter, a son, a mom, a dad. and you know, i think i fight for -- i fight for all of us. >> jimmy: you have a lot of empathy, i guess, if that's the way you're thinking.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we're back with kanye west.
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this is his album. it's called "ye." a beautiful photograph. you recorded this in jackson hole, wyoming. and not only this but you put out five other albums with other artists that you produced basically within like, what, like a month-long period of time. that's a ton of work. are you like -- are you a workaholic? are you always working? >> no, i actually slept a lot during the project. >> jimmy: while they were recording? >> yeah. i have a team, we worked together. i spent a year and a half after i got out of the hospital. and i would go to amoeba record store and start chopping up samples. it's very therapeutic because i wasn't full ye -- i don't know if i'm full ye now, better or worse or whatever. but it was therapeutic just to listen to those songs and sample and go back to being 14 years old at my mom's house. anby the do -- to put the albums out, we have a whole team at yeezy sound that will help come and do the drums, help with lyrics, help
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with choruses. i had to give like six, seven people ideas that i want on the song. and i'd just go to sleep and just wait for them to -- >> jimmy: them working while you sleep, that's a hard worker right there. >> i feel like you avoided this album title. >> jimmy: oh, yeah, i don't -- "i hate being bipolar, it's awesome." i have a theory about you, so tell me if this is correct. i feel you feel by being bipolar is part of what makes you brilliant, part of what makes you you, and you embrace it. >> yeah, i think that's another one of those things where people are like, how are you going to talk about it? the funny thing is, this is something that was like on the internet before. it was kind of funny. but it's not an opposite. it's not i hate being bipolar. it's awesome. it actually drives more of how you really feel. it doesn't do the opposite thing. i think it's important for us to have conversations about, you know -- open conversations about
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mental health. especially with me being black. because we never had therapists in the black community. we never approached like take a medication. i think it's good when i had my first complete blackout at age 5, my mom didn't fully medicate me. because i might have never been ye. and there's times where at least i'm happy that i know. like even like for this interview, i knew i wanted to stay in a calm state. because by the time i got to tmz i was ramped up. so what was awesome is the world got to really experience someone in a ramped-up state. and that's when you get these comments that just shoot out, almost like tourette's. >> jimmy: because you have highs and lows. and when you have a high, you're on a roll. when you have a low, you're not? >> well, there's some cases of bipolar where people go low. i'm one that goes high. >> jimmy: i see. >> like michelle obama said, go high. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: you don't have extreme periods of depression? >> oh, no. because i just say it.
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i say it on real tv. oh, i thought about killing myself. then the thought is gone. >> jimmy: wow. so all people need to do is get on tv. that's really the solution. >> they need to be able to express themselves without fear of judgment. what i love telling people is like, who do you know -- yeah, especially black men. you know, i'm 41 years old. and i don't know anyone, you know, that [ bleep ]ed up as much as i have that's still as successful. so i want to prove that you could get fat, you could say the wrong things, you can piss a whole [ bleep ] city off -- >> jimmy: and be president of the united states. >> well -- yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: there's one person. kanye west, everybody. this is his album. it's called "ye." we'll be right back with awkwafina! [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: hi, welcome back. our next guest is also a talented rapper and an actress, too, with a new movie called "crazy rich asians." it opens august 15th. please welcome awkwafina! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ what's happening? how are you doing? >> i'm doing well, i'm doing well. >> jimmy: your birth name is not awkwafina, right? >> no. >> jimmy: your parents didn't name you after bottled water? >> parents did not name me awkwafina, yes. i'm sure it's a popular belief. >> jimmy: you chose this name? >> it was my chosen name, yes. >> jimmy: you had to come up with a hip-hop name, right? >> it came pretty naturally when i was 15, you know, 16, i was looking for a pretty stupid name. >> jimmy: how did it come naturally? were you at the convenience
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store or something? >> i think i wanted something -- by that point i never thought that people would actually call me awkwafina. >> jimmy: i see. >> i just thought, you know, it would make me and my other friend who like at that time was my branding manager, at 16. we kind of, you know -- we would giggle. >> jimmy: were there other options? did you go through other choices? >> dassani, with two ss. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: not as good. >> we nixed that off the board, yeah. >> jimmy: you limited yourself to water brands? >> pretty much. people actually -- awkwafina, like who -- and it's like they're calling me that. >> jimmy: does your family -- they don't call you awkwafina? >> no. that would be amazing. >> jimmy: is your family more interested in your music career or your film career? >> neither. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: really? >> like you know, they're just cool with it. they didn't kick me out of the house or anything. grdms yore not eve acting, dude, u ow what i mean? >> jimmy: really? >> yeah.
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"crazy rich asians" she's like, you're not even acting, it's just like you. >> jimmy: i see. >> i was like, all right, well. >> jimmy: mean grandma. >> yeah, mean grandma. >> jimmy: or maybe there are just high expectations for their little baby. >> yeah. >> jimmy: that show business seems trivial. >> air traffic controller was my expectation. that's what my dad wanted me to be in awkwafina. >> jimmy: that's a weird job to choose for a kid. >> i was like dad, law school? he's like, don't go to law school, become an air traffic controller, you'll be fine. >> jimmy: fortunately you didn't. where did you shoot this movie? >> we shot in singapore and kuala lumpur. >> jimmy: when you're flying in, do you get on the thing go, hey, guys, i could have been in there with you? [ laughter ] did you get to explore or were you working the whole time you were there? >> i was number five on the call sheet so i had a lot of time. >> jimmy: oh, that's good. >> to explore. yeah. we went everywhere. we went to a bird park. sonoya got crapped on by a bird. but it's just papaya. recycled papaya.
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>> jimmy: yeah, but it runs through the bird though, first. so it's filtered papaya. >> exactly, it's better. >> jimmy: you got crapped on by a bird, you go oh, it's just papaya? that's a sense of optimism i do not possess. [ laughter ] that's really looking at the bright side of life. >> no, it is, it is. you know. you know. >> jimmy: had you been there before to that area? >> no, never. >> jimmy: you'd not been there before. what is a bird park? it's like a preserve for animals? >> lots of birds. you know. they have some that don't fly. kind of like a -- an asian turkey, if you will. >> jimmy: i see. >> yeah. kind of waddles. >> jimmy: is it just a regular -- it's not a turkey, it's an asian turkey? >> yeah, it's not as festive looking. i mean, they're more festive. a different festivity, not thanksgiving-looking. i feel like a turkey has the colors of thanksgiving. >> jimmy: and there are no colors? >> no colors. it's just -- yeah. >> jimmy: sounds like a great trip, really. >> yeah, it was. you know, yeah. >> jimmy: had you been to asia before? was this your first time there? >> i had been there when i was
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in school. i studied there. then i lived there for a year. >> jimmy: where did you live? >> in beijing. >> jimmy: what was that like? >> it was cool. >> jimmy: why were you there for a year? >> i started to write for a government-sanctioned food magazine. >> jimmy: really. >> yes. >> jimmy: was the food government sanctioned? or the magazine? >> the magazine. >> jimmy: itself was. >> yes. >> jimmy: what do you mean by government sanctioned? >> like if i said something was subpar, they'd be like, no. >> jimmy: oh, really. >> so every restaurant got a 5 or a 6. you know. 2s got a 5. >> jimmy: it goes up to 6? that's weird too. >> in a government-sanctioned chinese magazine, yes. >> jimmy: it goes up to 6. >> yes. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: this movie is -- ther a big-budget hollywood movie with an all-asian cast since "the joy luck club." which was a long time ago. >> hilarious movie. >> jimmy: a big success too that movie.
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>> a huge success. yeah, i mean -- if you think about it, that's 25 -- a 25-year-old adult is just walking around without representation, you know. >> jimmy: right. >> and yeah, i mean -- it's so impactful for asian americans. asian americans come out of the screenings and they're, you know, crying and they don't know exactly why. and i think it's the power of representation. >> jimmy: yeah, for sure. [ cheers and applause ] well, i hope it's a very big hit and you do many more of them. awkwafina, everybody! "crazy rich asians" opens august 15th. we'll be right back! [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] a magical place... that's lookin' to get scared! (laughter) halloween time is back in disneyland and disney california adventure parks!
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>> jimmy: i want to thank awkwafina, i want to thank kanye west, i want to thank captain fred willard as well. apologies to matt damon, we ran out of time for him. good night, thanks, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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