Kanye West was, dare I say, charming during 'Late Night' appearance

This is what happens when Kanye West tones down his ego and smiles.

The polarizing Chicago rapper appeared and performed on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Tuesday and came off more likable than he did during recent interviews. West wasn’t as delusional as he was on BBC Radio 1 in Sept., as defensive as he was on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Oct. or as temperamental as he was on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning” in Nov. Of course, it helped that Meyers appeared to be a big West fan – who knew? – and spoke highly of his work.

When Meyers brought up the ridiculous, crystal-encrusted mask West wore during his concerts, the introspective West gave a not-as-ridiculous explanation about his fashion choice.

“It’s freeing,” West said. “A place where you can express yourself to your audience, to everyone, without being judged, to whatever your name is supposed to represent, whatever it means and doesn’t mean. Just to feel like a new artist again, that’s the reason why I perform most of the show in a mask.”

Sure, West did ramble on about how his struggle to be taken seriously in the fashion industry (always my least favorite part of West’s interviews). And he continues to sound more and more like Morpheus from “The Matrix” every interview (“Everything in the world is exactly the same,” West said). But he laughed at Meyers’ jokes, even those that lightly poked fun at him, and made a few of his own.

“As you approach fashion, I have to say I’m betting on you based on how everything else has gone up until this point,” said Meyers, to which West responded, “Thank you. I appreciate that you bet on me. Now it would be great if you owned a fashion company.”

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