Kanye West all day, all night.
Kanye West sat down for nearly two hours to talk about where we are in the human race, his greatest contribution to music, why Keeping Up With The Kardashians deserves an Emmy, how he feels the fashion industry discriminates him because he's not gay and more, why he feels the need to be called a genius.
Here are some highlights:
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
“I feel proud to be in a family that has, you know, so many people breaking ground for the generations to come. I just feel it’s like, ‘Whoa, reality show, that’s so f—king new of an art form...' My wife and my family should’ve had plenty of Emmys by now, but reality shows are considered to be like rap was when the Mondrian [hotel] wouldn’t let Run DMC and motherfuking Will Smith stay there because they were rappers. The idea of a reality star not being allowed into a fashion show or not being nominated for their show, even if it’s the longest-running and the most popular [television show].”
Being gay in music versus fashion:
"In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talents to break down barriers. Everyone thought that when Frank Ocean dropped that it was going to be bad for his career. I feel like it’s so cliché to speak about him as it relates to this subject, but there are people who broke the ground and he broke the ground. The people that break the stereotypes make history. The first thing I thought about was a black radio show host maybe possibly making jokes because the black culture is generally homophobic... Then it was like, ‘F--k what people say. F--k what people think.’ I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come. I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct [to say]."
Lack of education:
“I think I would be further and more dangerous. Education is important. I’m envious of people who have read multiple novels and multiple philosophy books. I wish I had more information; I’m thirsty for knowledge. I’m busy with my own ideas and I have A.D.D., as soon as I pick up a book, then I’ll hear or see something that sparks me and it makes me think of 30 things I wanna do, so I put down the book and start working on that. I’m envious of information. So College Dropout, now me at my age, I’m looking like ‘What were the reasons I lost money doing this? What were the reasons I failed at that?’ It all came to not having the playbook. To not having the information.”
His unborn baby boy:
“I don’t have a name for him, but what I hope for him is that he can feel purpose. That he can learn that he has the opportunities.”
“What we have is the highest level of communication that has ever happened in human existence. My wife, she’s like MTV, NBC, blah-blah, all that combined. She’s number one Instagram. And then, the entire family. And then you have me, and my entire music family. So basically, there is no ad you could put in any magazine that could somehow add up to me, or my friends, or my family, just walking on the street and getting photographed. That is the fucking reality of 2015, people.”
Running for President:
“Certain things that I’m compelled to do in life, I don’t feel the need to find justification for. It had been talked about for the past five years with my team, and I decided that I was going to announce it.”
Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender:
“The first thing I thought about was black radio hosts maybe possibly making jokes about it, because the black culture is generally so homophobic. And news cycles are just constantly trying to find some news and some interesting things like, ‘this rapper has this transgender person in his family.’ But then it was like f**k what people say, f**k what they think. I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for the generations to come.”
On changing his album name to SWISH:
“I wasn’t sure if I was gonna keep that name [SWISH]. I just felt like I didn’t wanna walk around with the name So Help Me God for the amount of time that I was making the album. I just felt like that was a heavy backpack to carry. So SWISH just kinda lightened the load, so I could just let it be what I want it to be, so I could just work on the painting and find something.”
On his personal fashion ambitions:
“I just want to be five years old. When I was five years old, I picked out my outfit for kindergarten. I would go to discount to a discount furrier – my mom would bring me to a discount furrier – and I would keep grabbing furs. ‘What about this, Mom? What about this one?’ And they would always be too expensive, the ones I liked. So I just want to be five years old. I loved clothes before I knew a f**k about the fashion world.”
On My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy being heralded as his best album:
“So many people rate Dark Fantasy as like one of the best albums, and Yeezus and 808s are so much better and stronger. Dark Fantasy is almost like an apology record. ‘Power’ was the least progressive song that I ever had as a single […] People want to talk about how much they love that like it’s Thanksgiving dinner. But how long has Thanksgiving dinner been cooked for?”