Kanye West

Kanye West doesn’t do interviews. Or, to quote Kanye himself, “Don’t do no press, but I get the most press, kid.” As far as I know, the last time he sat down with a writer was when he showed up on the cover of Vibe in early 2009. So the fact that Kanye recently gave a long interview to the great New York Times critic and all-around good dude Jon Caramanica feels like more of an event than a lot of album releases.

In Caramanica’s massive new interview, Kanye goes through his whole career and drops gem after gem. On the instinct that led him to interrupt Taylor Swift at the VMAs: “It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.” On impending fatherhood: “I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.” On the sound of his new album Yeezus: “Trap and drill and house. I knew that I wanted to have a deep Chicago influence on this album, and I would listen to like, old Chicago house.”

I could quote more highlights, but honestly, the interview is one long highlight. It’s the best thing you’ll read today, and you can and should read the whole thing here.

Comments (12)
  1. Tom you missed the best quote, in which Kanye makes a perfectly Kayne-curated list of Visionary People that he is among.

    “The most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern. ”

    “I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture.”

  2. Oh Kanye, PLEASE follow in Walt Disney’s footsteps and open an amusement park/resort.

  3. Kayne’s gonna need to up his turtleneck game in order to make this Steve Jobs comparison work.

  4. It’s actually a pretty unguarded interview and a must read for those who love him as much as those who hate on him. He creative mind is as nuclear as it is polarizing. It’s easy to look at him like you’re in a car passing a wreck, but he continually speaks without a governor which, I guess is, um, admirable?

    After reading it, I think people are going to be more frightened of Yeezus than originally suspected when it drops (it’s quoted as being the ‘Anti-Graduation’ album and based on this article get the sense its going to be very stripped down) He also could not have gotten away with this upcoming album without the explosive critical success of Dark Fantasy which will take on a whole new place in the Kanye timeline after it’ll now be seen as a wedge of sorts between albums. I bet Yeezus will be his In Utero of sorts, a creative glass ceiling he’s been given the ability to break because of the sorta talent success he received from ‘Fantasy.’ It’s also a realization that his personal privacy is all but gone in his life now. This is not to say he hasn’t been famous for some time no and knows this, its just that MBDTF was him ‘back on shelves’ and now it appears he’s about to graciously blow that all up with this release.

    Either way, it will be a compelling listen. It’s pretty fascinating that an artist who has arguably created one of the greatest rap albums will now completely put on the brakes and redirect his route with what appears to be a ‘trap, drill, house’ attack. All I can say is….suhweeeet.

  5. “I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”

  6. Rap game Liberace

  7. Finally someone got an interview with him, he’s such a recluse

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