6.3.2016

Kanye West Talks ‘Cruel Winter,’ ‘Champions’ Remix, & Drake with Big Boy

Fresh out of debt and fresh off the release of his Cruel Winter single, tentatively titled “Champions,” Kanye West is opening up about the highly-anticipated compilation.

During an interview with Real 92.3, where he also premiered “Champions,” Mr. West spoke about how Cruel Winter is being crafted.

“Sometimes you have snippets, ideas, beats,” he told Big Boy (via Billboard). “You got like a solid seven, eight songs that we know is gonna make the album and the others ones [are like] a beat from Mike WiLL [Made-It] or Travis [Scott] just brought three songs through … We sit there and we work together on our stuff. I look at it as we on the same team.”

His G.O.O.D. Music team is about to assemble once again on a “Champions” remix, according to ‘Ye. “We also gonna do a 12-to-15-minute version with every G.O.O.D. Music artist on it,” he said.

But Yeezus isn’t just thinking about his own team. He’s also thinking about how he’s been able to impact others.

“I’m a champion,” he added. “I’m a winner. I came to do this. I came to do what I did. I innovated. This is my truth. When I look in the mirror and I think it, this is some Michael Jackson levels. I gotta pinch myself sometimes. Can you believe it? It’s actually me? Here? Think about when Drake and Justin Bieber lost at the Grammys, they were like ‘Where’s Kanye when you need him?’ You need someone like me in the game. You need someone who’s not watered down. I’m 38 years old, ladies and gentlemen. They put me in debt. They assassinated my character. I’m not a bad person … People need that. We all controlled by a lack of self worth. We are taught not to love ourselves … People should love themselves. I love you like I love me.”

Cruel Winter has no release date yet. It’s the follow-up to 2012’s Cruel Summer. So far, the album features Kanye, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Quavo, Travis Scott, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Yo Gotti, and that’s just off “Champions” alone.