Kanye West on LAX Photographer Beatdown: My Grandfather Was Dying ...

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Kanye West was oddly friendly and candid with paparazzi today (seriously, it's not April 1) even explaining why he pummeled a photographer in July.

'Ye said that one thing he didn't get to mention this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live (one of the very, very few things) was the context behind the fight (above).

The rapper says the photographer, Daniel Ramos, set him up, was antagonizing him, and it happened just as he learned his grandfather was dying.

Whether this excuses that or his other big "hits" is an open question, but at least he wasn't talking about being from Chicago and issuing any threats.

Other highlights from Kanye's surprising chat?

  • Saying he's misunderstood at times (we think).
  • Fearing North West will have to deal with this.
  • Filling up his admittedly SICK Lamborghini.
  • Telling the paps, "We in this together."

Yes, Kanye really made that last comment, which is even more amazing in light of the fact that one of the douchebags was clearly trying to egg him on.

No word if/when he'll revert to ... this guy:

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