EXCLUSIVE. Kanye West just told the TMZ newsroom why he believes slavery is a choice and why he decided to sport his Make America Great Again hat … and it all went down Tuesday morning on “TMZ Live.”.

Kanye appeared on the show with Candace Owens w they explained “Free thought” and how it can make the world a better place … from a place of love.

During the conversation Kanye said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”

Van from our newsroom took great offense and fired back.

Things got intense and ultimately led to a face-to-face at Van’s desk.

T’s A LOT more that went down – and it’s all on today on “TMZ Live”.