Kanye West sat down for an interview with UK Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, where he talked about being inspired by Michael Jackson and claims he is the biggest rock star on the planet.
West said he is a slave to fashion and hits back at criticism of his Yeezus album.
During the interview, Kanye responded to critics of his Yeezus album and himself saying he is a “god”, claiming those same people would have no issue if he called himself a “pimp or gangster”.
Kanye said of his career, “I’ve reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting. I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling, as a creative person, as a celebrity.”
Kanye said he is a slave to fashion, claiming he invented leather jogging pants.
The “Black Skinhead” rapper said he invented the style and presented it to Fendi years before it became popular.
West stated, “Whether I’m at a dinner with Anna Wintour, [editor-in-chief of US Vogue magazine] or a listening party with Pusha-T or in Rome with Virgil [Abloh, West’s creative director] , giving Fendi our designs and getting them knocked down … [We] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many motherf***ers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?”
Kanye also thinks Saint Laurent’s creative director Hedi Slimane has some “nice s**t”, but can’t compare to the trend-setting power of rappers, who are the “biggests rock stars.”
Kanye West realized his Radio 1 interview was likely to cause controversy, stating, “People are gonna look at this interview and say, ‘I understand what he’s talking about. People are gonna look at this interview and say, I don’t like Kanye. Look, he looks mad, I don’t like his teeth'”.
The rapper touched on his new daughter North and girlfriend Kim Kardashian saying, “Yeah, it’s like family time. That’s what Kim gave me. She gave me everything, she gave me family, she gave me a support system. She was in a powerful enough situation where she could love me without asking me for money, which is really hard for me to find.”
Wow, Kanye is either really intelligent or crazy as hell. We can’t figure him out.
One final quote from the controversial rapper, “If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re a fan of yourself.” Okay then!
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