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Obama Is Persona Non Grata in Kanye West's World (Video)

The rapper says he felt "used" by the POTUS, telling a Philadelphia radio station, "If you want to distract people from everything that's going on…just say you hate Kanye."

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Kanye West does not have good things to say about President Obama.

During an interview with Philadelphia radio station Hot 107.9 on Monday morning, the rapper went off on a clearly strained relationship with the POTUS, saying he felt "used" by Obama, who "used to come and visit me and my mama and tell me that he’s about to run for president."

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The animosity stems from when Obama called West a "jackass" in 2009, shortly after the famous MTV Video Music Awards incident when West interrupted Best Female Video winner Taylor Swift mid-acceptance speech, telling the television audience of millions that the moonman should have gone to Beyonce for "Single Ladies."

As West told radio hosts Shamara and Laiya St. Clair: “I just think that we’re pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down and stuff. People was fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years -- ‘Man, this is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on…just say you hate Kanye and there’s going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye.... That was kind of my position in culture so he also used that too -- ‘Oh, he’s a jackass’ -- because that’s how the world felt,” the hip-hop artist said.

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“I don’t care if somebody’s the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you helping people and what you bring to the world.”

West vowed to no longer "mention" the president. "I’m past that. That’s out of my thoughts; that’s lowering my priority of thinking at this point."

Watch a video of the interview below: