Kanye West: Constitution should be amended by 'super knowledgeable people'

Kanye West at the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park in New York, New York on Sep. 7, 2018. (

Kanye West is calling for American leaders to select a "super knowledgeable" team of experts to reform the country's justice system and do away with slavery once and for all.

Addressing a controversial statement he made over the weekend about abolishing the American Constitution's 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery, during an appearance on TMZ Live on Monday, the "Stronger" rapper told host and outlet boss Harvey Levin he misspoke, and he really wanted to suggest the laws should be "amended."

Explaining himself more clearly, West said, "Abolish was the wrong language. I misspoke by saying abolish. Amend is the right language and what is awesome... what’s lovely, what’s beautiful about our Constitution is that we can amend it."

He then read a statement from an activist friend, called GLC, adding, "In 1865, the 13th amendment stated that no man is destined to slavery or involuntary servitude unless convicted of a crime. This translates to, in order to make a freed man a slave, all you have to do is convict them of a crime."

Attempting to explain the point he was trying to make further, West then told Levin he considered many convicts to be the equivalent of slaves because they work for next to nothing.

"There are people earning eight cents a week working for companies that are privately owned and a lot of them are first-time offenders, a lot of them are (behind bars) for non-violent crimes," he explained.

West, wearing a baseball hat emblazoned with divisive U.S. leader President Donald Trump's campaign slogan Make America Great Again, then rambled on about the need for prison reform, before adding, "There should be a group of super knowledgeable people that come from all cultures that make the amendments on our Constitution."

West created a storm of controversy after he suggested the 13th Amendment should be "abolished," with many high-profile people taking aim at the rapper.

Marvel movie star Chris Evans was among the first to blast West, writing: "There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I've encountered lately isn't just frustrating, it's retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying."

In the TMZ interview, West also claimed he is working on a plan to end the stand-off between Trump and former football star Colin Kaepernick by setting up a meeting.

Kaepernick hit headlines around the world in 2016 when he fell to one knee rather than stand for the national anthem before a game, as part of a protest against racial injustice in the United States.

He has also been criticized by President Trump, who suggested NFL owners should fire the "sons of b****es" who don't stand for the anthem.

West insists he wants to bridge the gap between people who have different opinions.

"I've been calling Colin this morning so I can bring Colin to the White House and we can remove that sons of b****es statement and we can be on the same page," he told TMZ.