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Kanye West Covers Interview Magazine; Talks His ‘Borrowed’ Vices: Sex, Alcohol and Religion (Pic 12)

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Kanye West Covers Interview Magazine; His ‘Borrowed’ Vices: Sex, Alcohol and Religion (Pic)

Kanye West sits down for a telephone interview with  “12 Years a Slave,” director,  Steve McQueen. In this sometimes awkward interview, Steve asks Kanye various questions like, how he feels about this new kind of love or the feeling of loving a child of his own?

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MCQUEEN: But now you’ve got a situation in your life where you’ve got a daughter, which is a different kind of love—an unconditional love that maybe you only get to have in another way with your parents. What has that experience been like so far?

WEST: I think I have to experience it for another few years to be able to give you an opinion. It’s all brand new, how it feels to be a father. There are some things that I understand, certain things that I don’t understand, certain things that I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don’t have an answer. All I can say is that I’m happy I have it.

This interview was all over the place to me.  Steve would ask him a straight forward question and the feedback would sometimes go off into a whole new realm or something…. just off. This has to go down as the oddest interview ever. I was filled with a lot of ramblings that were trumped with incoherent responses.  For instance:

MCQUEEN: How important is that for you, to be current?

WEST: I don’t use a lot of current-affairs names—I’ve used them seldomly (sic)—but I feel like it’s just a current itself, a wave that I’m surfing. There is no sport without the wave, so I have to wait for it. If the waves are high, then we’re gonna have a fun day. If the waves are low, then you just stay on the beach.

Did that just go over my head?  Okay, how about this one?

MCQUEEN: Do you ever feel lonely?

WEST: Well, I’ve got my astronaut family. You know, becoming famous is like being catapulted into space—sometimes without a space suit. We’ve seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things. But to have an anchor of other astronauts and to make a little space family … I mean, it’s not like I’m the guy in TheHungerGames [2012] begging for people to like me. I’m almost the guy with the least amount of “likes.” I wanted a family. So God gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that’s greater.

Or this one:

What are you going to do with all of the influence that you have right now?

WEST: Well, influence isn’t my definition of success—it’s a by-product of my creativity. I just want to create more. I would be fine with making less money. I actually spend the majority of my money attempting to create more things. Not buying things or solidifying myself or trying to make my house bigger, or trying to show people how many Louis Vuitton bags I can get, or buying my way to a good seat at the table. My definition of success, again, is getting my ideas out there. The first company that has really given me a shot is Adidas. They did the deal … I mean, Damon Dash did the deal, at the end of the day. He signed Kanye West 12 years ago. What does that mean now? What does that mean to music? You know, people say things about creativity and jobs and every 10 years, blah, blah, blah. But I don’t have a desire to not continue making music. When I left Chicago and moved to New York, it wasn’t because I didn’t love Chicago; it was because I needed to go to New York. So right now, I’ve got other innovations and other thoughts that I want to pursue. As I was saying earlier, I create like a 3-year-old. When you’re 3, you wake up one morning and say, “I wanna ride a bike.” And then the next day, you wake up and say, “I wanna draw.” I don’t want to be in a situation where, because I was good enough at riding a bike one day, then that’s all I can do for the rest of my life. I mean, you know firsthand, being a fine artist and then moving into the Hollywood space … You know, I say to Renzo Rosso, Bernard Arnault, and François-Henri Pinault, the heads of Diesel, LVMH, and Kering, “Come to my show and look at the mountain I made. Look at these 20,000 people screaming, and then tell me I don’t deserve to design a T-shirt.” If I want to design a T-shirt in my lifetime, then please help me do it! People say, “Well, why don’t you just do it on your own?” Are you telling me to sew every single T-shirt? People say, “Why do you antagonize the high-end companies and your fan base?” and this and that. But what I’m saying is that in working with partners like Louis Vuitton and Zanotti and Balmain and Fendi like I have—and please forgive me for using film as a metaphor because I hate when people do that with music—I feel like it’s a better form of film that I’m working with when I work with them. I’m working with better cameras. I’m working with better editors … Steve, please forgive me because I feel like it’s super-patronizing whenever someone does an analogy or a metaphor that relates to the field that you currently work in.

Huh? What was that?  Maybe I need to be blazed to understand.  I was like that throughout most this interview.  I really made an honest attempt to try to understand this interview, I really did.  It had seemed that the only clear answer was the one about Nori, but then  Steve asked him how he got by during the Taylor Swift debacle.  That one was pretty clear too.

MCQUEEN: But there must have been moments of doubt or depression or sadness. I mean, with what happened after the Taylor Swift incident [at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards] and all the negativity that came your way as the result of that. How did you deal with it all mentally, physically, and spiritually?

WEST: It’s funny that you would say “mentally, physically, spiritually” because my answer before you even said that was going to be “God, sex, and alcohol.

See, he was clear and concise with that one too.  He actually broke it down even better than that a little further into the interview when asked a different question.

MCQUEEN: People can get lost in all of those things. So how did you arrive where you are now after coming through that period?

WEST: Well, I don’t have an addictive personality, so that means that I can lean on what might be someone else’s vice just enough to make it through to the next day. You know, just enough religion, a half-cup of alcohol with some ice in it and a nice chaser, and then …

MCQUEEN: A lot of sex. [both laugh]

WEST: Yeah—a lot of sex. And then I’d make it to the next week.

See!! LMAO He broke that one down real proper like.  Now check out what he said about his near fatal accident:

MCQUEEN: Let’s go deep very quickly then: Talk to me about who you were and who you’ve become—both before and after your accident, the car crash. Who are those two people, Kanye before and Kanye after? Are they different people? Was there a seismic change in who you were after you nearly lost your life?

WEST: I think I started to approach time in a different way after the accident. Before I was more willing to give my time to people and things that I wasn’t as interested in because somehow I allowed myself to be brainwashed into being forced to work with other people or on other projects that I had no interest in. So simply, the accident gave me the opportunity to do what I really wanted to do. I was a music producer, and everyone was telling me that I had no business becoming a rapper, so it gave me the opportunity to tell everyone, “Hey, I need some time to recover.” But during that recovery period, I just spent all my time honing my craft and making The College Dropout. Without that period, there would have been so many phone calls and so many people putting pressure on me from every direction—so many people I somehow owed something to—and I would have never had the time to do what I wanted to.

Kanye is a cool and at the same time quirky.  I don’t think his interviews will ever be straight forward and coherent.  I see others parlaying his answers into things that were not relevant to the questions he was even asked, just trying to get a damn post up.  Obviously not reading the article in it’s entirety.  I wish he would sit down with Oprah.  I would fly on a plane to go see that one in person.  Y’all know I’m scared of flying right?

SIGH……Kanye is just Kanye.

  • Gossipwelovecom

    This dude is twisted

  • spiderbucket

    He reminds me of a guy trying to fake his way through a job interview.

    • https://unlimitedwhispers.com/ Unlimited Whispers™

      Exactly….this mess was all over the place and just plain weird.