“I just spoke to him yesterday – it don’t seem like he have problems. I just feel like Kanye West is a genius, and all the moves he do is calculated, so everything he says makes headlines. There’s a method to his madness,” the Moroccan rapper (and ex-boyfriend of West’s sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian) says on an episode of Larry King Now airing March 14.
West has made headlines in the past month – namely for his bizarre Twitter rants and another feud with Taylor Swift – causing some to question his mental health. (A longtime friend of the musician recently told PEOPLE: “I haven’t felt personally concerned about his well being … Every time I talk with him – which is almost every day – he’s extremely good-natured, [and] in a great mood …”)
Regarding West’s latest bad blood with Swift, which stemmed from the rapper calling her a “bitch” and taking credit for her fame in his new song, Montana, 30, pled the fifth.
“Sometimes [calling someone a bitch] is [complimentary]; sometimes it’s not. I think he means it in a good sense,” Montana said, adding Swift’s incensed Grammys speech proved West’s place in the industry: “He’s so powerful that you felt his impact in that building without him even being there.”
As for his relationship with the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, he remained mum on whether there could be any future romance but told King, “We was always like best friends, ya know,” adding Lamar Odom – to whom Kardashian is still married – “is [a nice guy].”
Larry King’s full interview with French Montana airs March 14 on Ora TV.