Kanye West's slavery comments threaten his influence

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Rapper Kanye West's comments about slavery being a choice have been heavily criticized and could threaten his fan base. The U.S. award-winning musician's comments on the transatlantic slave trade came in a video interview on Tuesday at the California offices of celebrity website TMZ.com. Kanye has made these kind of outbursts before — some say to generate buzz to promote an album. But has he finally crossed a line?

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