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Kanye Talks Diamond Teeth, Taylor Swift On 'Ellen'

Rapper also dishes on fashion 'internships' and 'Runaway' during surprise daytime interview

October 20, 2010 4:04 PM ET

The Kanye West media blitz leading up to the November 22nd release of his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continued yesterday with a surprise appearance on Ellen. West made his entrance with a tongue-in-cheek nod to "the Taylor Swift incident" by interrupting Ellen DeGeneres mid-segment, then sat down on the couch to talk about his upcoming "Runaway" mini-movie, his "internships" at fashion houses ("I got coffee for people," West quipped) and how he dropped out of the public eye following the Swift/VMA incident. (Via Nah Right)

Kanye West's Surprise Visit to Rolling Stone

"It was good just to be around other spaces because the creativity in other fields inspired what I did in music," West said of his hiatus. "When I finally decided to go back to music, I realized the power I had in that space, and the responsibility I had to keep on pushing the genre forward."

West also showed the row of diamonds he had implanted into his lower jaw. "I just thought that diamonds were cooler," Kanye said. "It's just something that rock stars are supposed to do." West also offered a sneak preview of the 35-minute "Runaway" video before it debuts this Saturday, October 23rd.

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