The dope music artist and fashion designer behind the mask. He’s not known for doing interviews and he dislikes paparazzi, but in a personal interview with NYT/respected journalist, Jon Caramanica, Kanye West opens up about his career, not caring about the Grammys, Taylor Swift’s incident, MBDTF being a dishonest album, compromising artistry, his relationship with Kim K, parenthood/fatherhood, vanity in fashion, not being taken serious as a fashion designer, respecting his trendsetting abilities, his legacy and much more.
All Kanye wants is the world to be better, positive, and dopeness. This interview was done in Malibu, California. Below are some highlights:
On the Grammys and MBDTF & WTT not being nominated for ‘Album of the Year’:
“[My Beautiful] Dark [Twisted] Fantasy” and “Watch the Throne”: neither was nominated for Album of the Year, and I made both of those in one year. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.
But the thing is, I don’t care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate.
On Taylor Swifts incidents at MTV’s VMAs & having no regrets:
I don’t have one regret. If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now. Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
On if MBDTF was a “dishonest album in some way and compromising artistry:
It’s always going to be 80 percent, at least, what I want to give, and 20 percent fulfilling a perception. If you walk into an old man’s house, they’re not giving nothing. They’re at 100 percent exactly what they want to do. I would hear stories about Steve Jobs and feel like he was at 100 percent exactly what he wanted to do, but I’m sure even a Steve Jobs has compromised. Even a Rick Owens has compromised. You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes you don’t even know when you’re being compromised till after the fact, and that’s what you regret.
I don’t want to come off dissing “Dark Fantasy.” It’s me never being satisfied and then me coming and admitting and saying the truth. As much as I can air things out for other people, to air things out for myself, to say, “I feel like this could’ve been stronger.”
On the moment he realized that he would be a star and holding onto the last moments of anonymity:
Yeah, I held on to the last moments of it. I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz”] I was going to be a big star. At the time, they used to have the Virgin music [stores], and I would go there and just go up the escalator and say to myself, “I’m soaking in these last moments of anonymity.” I knew I was going to make it this far; I knew that this was going to happen.
Taken from the NYT/Jon Caramanica
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