Kanye West meets Donald Trump to 'discuss life'

Kanye West meets Donald Trump (AP)
Kanye West meets Donald Trump (AP)

Rapper Kanye West has met with Donald Trump in New York, appearing briefly with the Republican president-elect in the Trump Tower lobby.

"Friends, just friends," Trump said on Tuesday, calling West "a good man" he's known for a long time. West declined to answer reporters' questions, saying, "I just want to take a picture right now."

West arrived with a small entourage, but his wife, businesswoman Kim Kardashian, was not with him. Transition team officials were not immediately available to confirm that the rapper and the Republican president-elect would meet.

West was hospitalised for exhaustion last month after a series of rants and the cancellation of the remainder of his US tour.

The 39-year-old rapper made headlines in November when he was booed at his San Jose, California, concert for declaring his support for Trump.