Kanye West has been all over the airwaves lately. With each stop on his Yeezus Tour, West has stopped by local radio giving in-depth and passionate interviews about his music and hunger to do more in the fashion world. He touched on all of those things — and more — during his interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway on Tuesday (November 26). But things got a lot more heated.
The "Sway in the Morning" interview, broadcast live on SiriusXM's Shade 45, started off with 'Ye talking about his creative aspirations in both music and fashion. But after Sway asked about Yeezy's need for corporate support, things took a sudden turn.
"Why don't you empower yourself and don't need them and do it yourself?" the "RapFix Live" host asked.
"How Sway?" Kanye barked. "You ain't got the answers, man; you ain't got the answers. I've been doing this more than you; you ain't got the answers."
Although Sway urged Kanye to chill out and relax, West refused saying, "Because you trying to give me advice on somethin' — you ain't got the answers. You ain't spend $13 million of your own money trying to empower yourself."
Eventually, cooler heads prevailed as both Sway and West expressed their love and admiration for each other. "I love you, man. I'm sorry," Kanye said apologetically. "This is exactly what happened at the French Revolution. I'm sure there were some arguments with [abolitionist] Harriet Tubman and other people talking about let's go this way, let's go that way."
Kanye On Nike
Kanye then went onto explain that the root of his frustration stems from the corporate marginalization of his vision: "I'mma put Mark Parker all on that Summer Jam screen," he said at one point about targeting the Nike CEO.
On Monday night, West announced during a Hot 97 interview that he had recently signed a deal with Nike rival Adidas. "The old me might have taken this Nike deal because I just love Nike so much, blah, blah, blah," he said last night, "but the new me with a daughter takes the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my daughter."
Kanye On Hottest MCs In the Game VIII
During his sit-down with Sway, Kanye rattled off a list of grievances, one of them being his placement on MTV News' Hottest MCs in the Game VIII list.
"I'm juggling a lot of things at the same time. Y'all putting me #6 after Big Sean on the hip-hop list," he said, reflecting on his frustrations and citing his G.O.O.D. Music signee Sean. "The list is fine, but when you're trying to keep up with the list and write all these raps, but you're also trying to learn about clothing. You got a whole 'hood calling you a f-- for even liking clothes or being at the runway shows. Like you can't be a masculine person like [designer] Ralph Lauren and still love the beauty and texture of clothing as artists and still love a fat ass at the same time.
Kanye On President Obama
"Then you got America, the president [Barack Obama] constantly attacking you, then you got people overcharging you at all times," he continued. "Then you constantly got your public perception being brought down; [concert promoter] AEG — when you gonna tour, when you can't tour. Everybody got an opinion towards you ... it's like that, it's like that for me."