It is difficult enough getting superstars like Kanye West and Rihanna to sit still long enough individually for a conversation, but Interview magazine has managed to get them both together at the same time (though not on the same continent). The periodical — which pairs up famous names for chats about their work — has devoted the cover of its December/January issue to Rihanna, and features an interview with the singer conducted by West.
In a lengthy, revealing conversation that took place several weeks ago, West explores a number of topics with Rihanna, who conducted the interview over the phone in between rehearsals for her appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” West was in a studio in London working on his forthcoming album Watch the Throne, a full-length collaboration with fellow superstar Jay-Z. They chat about fashion (Rihanna is “over the whole structured clothing, overly shoulder-padded sh–”), sexuality (“How does it feel to know that you can turn straight women gay?” West asks) and lyrics (“I think a lot of people have a misperception of me,” Rihanna says. “They only see the tough, defensive, aggressive side. But every woman is vulnerable.”). They also discuss Rihanna’s work on the upcoming film “Battleship” (she drank a lot of Red Bull because the schedule was so grueling) and the possibility of whether or not she would ever step away from music to focus on film full time the way Justin Timberlake has. “I didn’t know if I was going to like [making movies] or hate it or love it,” she admits. “But I actually enjoy it and it’s something that I’m looking forward to in the future. But I’ll never shut off from music and just do film. I love music too much.”
In addition to talking about work, West also dives into some personal issues. Rihanna admits that she is torn about having children. “That depends on a lot of other s—,” she says. “I have a lot of other stuff to accomplish before I get to kids. It could be a year from now. It could be 10 years from now.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a conversation with West if there wasn’t a little bit of self-promotion. At the top of the interview, he tells Rihanna that Watch the Throne is “going to be very dark and sexy — like very couture hip-hop. Because since me and Jay have already had big records and over-the-top joints, we’re just going to make some real dirty, f—ed-up, hardcore stuff. But it’s also luxe and definitely high-class.”