Kanye West made the radio rounds when he hit New York City last week hitting Power 105, Hot 97 and of course MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway’s “Sway in the Morning” on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 station. In each of his interviews, Yeezy focused on his frustrations in the fashion world, but when he sat down with Hot 97 DJs Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg for their Juan Epstein podcast, he focused mostly on his musical legacy.
Here are some things that may surprise you from the interview that was released on Friday (December 6).
Kanye’s Stepbrother Was ’A Crack Head’
“I saved up all my money to get a sampler and I remember I had my stepbrother at the time, was living with him, and he told me like, ’Look, if you let me borrow this money, I’ll give you $20 interest on it.’ But then when I was getting close to it, he wasn’t really getting me the money back. I remember my stepfather had told me one time, ’Don’t ever loan him anything’… Come to find out he’s a crack head and I didn’t know it.”
Michael Jackson Influenced 808s & Heartbreak
“I think Michael put the battery in my back to do 808s. I played ’Good Life’ and he’s like, ’Who’s that singing right there, I like that voice.’ It was my voice. He gassed me up. Michael Jackson told me I can sing, f— all y’all.”
Kanye Originally Wanted To Design Video Games
“I had an Amiga computer when I was in seventh grade. I wanted to design video games on it and stuff and when I started doing the music for it I got really interested in particularly doing music. And I found out about sampling when I was 14.”
No I.D. Is His Biggest Production Inspiration
“I already loved that style of music and I think it related more to me because I was from Chicago. [No I.D. and rapper Common] were the ones combining that New York hip-hop with Chicago attitude on top of it.”
’Ye Is Quite Proud To Have Brought Jay Z And Mos Def Together
“There was a time when Mos Def and Jay Z — you’d never think they’d be in the studio. Every Mos Def rap it felt like it was coming at Biggie and Jay Z. And every Jay Z rap was more like, ’I want to be respected like Kweli, but I gotta get this paper too, so don’t be hating on me because I’m at club Cheetah.'”