In a recent interview with New York Times, Kanye West opened up about many topics from his upcoming album "Yeezus", to his girlfriend Kim K and other controversial moments from his past.
Â New York Times somehow got Kanye WestÂ to break his "no interview" policy that he's been sticking to so adamantly. During a three day span, 'Ye spoke about many topics including his upcoming album Yeezus,Â his personal life, which includes hisÂ girlfriendÂ Kim Kardashian,Â and their soon-to-be daughter. He also touched on working with Rick Rubin and some of the controversial moments from his past such as the Grammys, and the Taylor Swift debacle at the VMAs.
New York Times writer Jon Caramanica visited Kanye West at the Shangri-La Studio in Malibu while Kanye was working with Rick Rubin and putting the finishing touches on his sixth studio album Yeezus. The interview lasted three days and had 'Ye talking about many topics. Instead of giving you guys the run down, I'll let you read exactly what Kanye had to say on some of the highlighted points from the interview:
OnÂ Yeezus:Â âThis album is moments that I havenât done before, like just my voice and drums. What people call a rant â but put it next to just a drumbeat, and it cuts to the level of, like, Run-D.M.C. or KRS-One. The last record I can remember â and Iâm going to name records that youâll think are cheesy â but like, J-Kwon, âTipsy.â People would think thatâs like a lower-quality, less intellectual form of hip-hop, but thatâs always my No. 1.â
On the Grammys:Â âI donât know if this is statistically right, but Iâm assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I havenât won one against a whiteÂ person. But the thing is, I donât care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate.â
On apologizing to Taylor Swift:Â âYeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isnât perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.â
On when he knew he was going to be famous:Â âI knew when I wrote the line âlight-skinned friend look like Michael Jacksonâ [fromÂ the songÂ '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, âIâm soaking in these last moments of anonymity.â I knew I was going to make it this far; I knew that this was going to happen.â
OnÂ Kim Kardashian:Â âIâm the type of rock star that likes to have aÂ girlfriend, you know? Iâm the type of soul that likes to be in love and likes to be able to focus. And that inspires me.â
On becoming a father:Â âOne of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my childâs mother. As simple as that. â¦ I just donât want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isnât Americaâs baby.â
On working with Rick Rubin:Â âIâm still just a kid learning about minimalism, and heâs a master of it. Itâs just really such a blessing, to be able to work with him. I want to say that after working with Rick, it humbled me to realize why I hadnâtâeven though I producedÂ Watch the Throne; even though I producedÂ D
On his fashions from five-to-seven years ago:Â âYeah, kill self. Thatâs all I have to say. Kill self.â
On his place in pop culture:Â âI think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, itâs like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.â
You can read the full article over at NYTimes.com.