Kanye West Calls Tyler, the Creator His Mentor
Kanye West may be a creative genius, but even he looks for guidance sometimes. The G.O.O.D. Music mogul has revealed his admiration for Tyler, the Creator, who he calls a mentor.
During an interview with Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP Radio, Kanye described the Odd Future frontman as an “artist, innovator, and a good mentor.”
Tyler helped him with some of the “Yeezus Tour” merchandise. “He came in and was like, these are the principals, because he’s so talented and understands things because he went to film school,” said ‘Ye. “I literally would like email and be like, ‘Can you teach me how to make videos?’ I want to learn.”
He also praised Tyler’s banned Mountain Dew commercials. “It was the best thing that happened in the past year,” said Kanye. “You know what should be banned, stuff that’s wack—not stuff that’s controversial.”
These days, Kanye’s focus remains on his family and non-music related endeavors, so don’t expect a sequel to Watch the Throne anytime soon.
“It could be a possibility. It’s not my focus,” said ‘Ye of a follow-up to his 2011 album with Jay Z. “Like in all honesty, music is not my focus. My focus is getting the proper type of deal backing from a major company, whether it’s Nike, adidas, whoever, to back Yeezy. … I care about that far more than making a Watch the Throne 2.”
Plus, hear him talk about his controversial tour merch, Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance (His suggestion: “More twerking”), and his soccer dad aspirations.