By now, we’ve come to accept that Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures in popular culture. From both critics and fans, he earns both some of the most glowing praise and negative responses for what he says and, on occasion, the music he makes.
Yeezy knows this. But he doesn’t let it stop him.
“You have to be able to take the lashes of people not understanding,” he said Tuesday (June 17) while sitting on a panel at Cannes Lions Creativity Conference. “Two years of people not understanding an interracial relationship. Two years of people not understanding the idea of the art world meets pop world. You have to be able to take the lashes and be able to swim in backlash.”
“The only thing that I think can be an inspiration to creatives is the fact that I get bashed so much, but create so much,” he added. “Just know, if you really wanna be a boxer, you’re gonna get your face beat in constantly. But then you might end up being Mayweather or Ali at the end of it.”
Take his word for it. After all, he has had “the belt in two classes.”
“I still take bashing from the ’Bound’ video. But I always say, but if the Vogue had came out before the ’Bound’ video, everybody would have been like, Oh, it’s OK,” he said, referencing he and Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover.
As we’ve seen time and again, though, ’Ye doesn’t sound like he plans on letting any detractors get in his way. “The idea is more important than our personal well-being,” he said. “That’s the reason why a lot of times I’ll say things that are not for my personal well-being.”