10 Things We Learned From Kanye West’s W Interview

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Kanye West hasn’t been speaking to the press, but he has granted a few rare interviews including The New York Times and W. For its latest cover, the fashion magazine followed the G.O.O.D. Music rapper to Paris while he was recording Yeezus and got to witness his genius—and madness—firsthand. From the inspiration behind “I Am a God” to his next fashion endeavor, here are 10 things we learned about the pop culture phenom.

1. In addition to Pablo Picasso, Steve Jobs, and Michelangelo, he also compares himself to Le Corbusier, the Beatles, Marlon Brando, Tiger Woods, Azzedine Alaïa, Kate Moss, and even the Soup Nazi.

2. The Weeknd visited him in the studio while he was recording Yeezus in Paris. “A lot of people who hate you are just going to hate you so much more,” says the Candian crooner after hearing one of ‘Ye’s new songs.

3. He wrote “I Am a God” after a major fashion designer informed him that he’d be invited to his show only if he agreed not to attend any other shows. “Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.”

4. He thinks his first womenswear collection, which was panned by critics, was better than his second. “The first collection was way better than the second,” he says. “It was more artful. It was 30 collections in one. It just takes time for me to slow down and think like a normal person.”

5. He is working with a French brand on a new men’s capsule collection of jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies, which will be unveiled in July.

6. Despite the rumors, he doesn’t tell Kim Kardashian what to wear. “Nobody can tell my girl what to do,” he says. “She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from.”

7. He and Kim’s mother Kris Jenner have a loving, yet joking relationship. After playing her “Awesome,” which he wrote about her daughter, Jenner says, “Great job!” He responds mockingly, “Great job? … Great job, Baccarat, for making a glass that can hold liquid! … Great job, belt loops, for keeping my pants up!”

8. He agreed to appear on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” out of love. “It’s simply that. At a certain point, or always, love is more important than any branding, or any set of cool people, or attempting to impress anyone. Because true love is just the way you feel.”

9. He is still the creative director for the upcoming Jetsons movie.

10. West has tried to suppress his big ego at times. “On one end, I try to scale it back,” he says. “Because I don’t want to close any of the doors needed to create the best product possible. But my ego is my drug. My drug is, ‘I’m better than all you other motherfuckers. Kiss my ass!’”

For the full story, visit W Magazine.

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16 Comments

  1. bibi93

    kanye new style

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    Christopher M. Moore Reply:

    @bibi93, just as Crystal said I am impressed that someone can make ($)5987 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this link… can99.ℂ­om.

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    Mr Nice Watch Reply:

    @Christopher M. Moore, feel like he’s going to commit suicide too

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  2. verse

    Wow… Its the beast and kanye is pretty much lettin em know whatsreal

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  3. verse

    The otherside its sickening

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  4. Hector

    He is such a fool.

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  5. Nicki Minaj have a lil sister 5 year old d to the R down to the J

    WELL since he haven’t spoken then how the hell can you learn something about him since it 10 things What the heck

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  6. Quest

    His list of comparisons are comical. Dream on.

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    Brad Reply:

    @Quest, oh dang, didn’t know you were the most influential of the past 10 years, sorry.

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  7. XO till we overdose...

    A song between kanye and the weeknd would be the greatest thing ever.

    Also yeah, people keep saying he’s too arrogant as if the rest of the world didn’t know. Everyone knows including Kanye. You can keep dissing his personality but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made groundbreaking music that paved the road for the entire industry.

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  8. Yeah

    sum up the interview using just one word.
    egotistical.

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  9. JKwon

    He is truly pathetic. I hope he realizes it one day.

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  10. Miszi

    Kanye is sucha good artist, what’s up with him nowdays?

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  11. naio

    Only thing I learned was that it is all about, Kanye, Kanye, Kanye!!!!! (Brady Bunch)

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