There’s no such thing as a dull interview with Kanye West, and the rapper’s recent chat with GQ proves that once again. If you’re having a hard time digesting the material in the August issue, here are the most important things we learned from the profile.
Bonus content includes him referring to himself and Kim Kardashian as “two LeBrons,” pointedly saying that, “in order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills,” and the realization that “not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and sh–, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That sh– is super cool.”
Drake’s music is hotter than his — at the moment.
“Yeah. He got last summer. And I’d never given it up till last summer.” And, does he want the summer back? “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?”
Kanye’s a blowfish, not a shark.
“Yeah. I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that.
He thinks his marriage to Kim Kardashian is inspiring.
“Saying ‘Hey, I like Kim’ isn’t as inspiring to people as us getting married. And anyone that’s in a relationship knows that in order to get to the point to get married and then to be married and to then carry on, it needs that work put into it. Right now, people look at it and it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s inspiring.’ Meaning that love is infectious.
“You mean to tell me that this girl with this f–king body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a f–king fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.”
He really did give a 45-minute speech at his wedding.
“In the speech, I talked about the idea of collaboration and all the people involved working together and being able to change things. Meaning there was a time for two or three years where fashion designers wouldn’t give Kim dresses. There was a time they wouldn’t even let me be at shows. Now the idea that Kim is in a Givenchy Couture dress is raising the communication. Because people would be more apt [before] to be like, ‘Celebrities don’t really have style. Celebrities can’t dress. Celebrities are less educated.’ ”
He thinks that people are mad because Kim is so smart or — psychic?
“When people try to spoof or talk sh–, it’s like: But you’re mad because basically Kim is the type of girl that, her entire life, if you were in school with her, most people would be studying and up late nights, but for some reason she would have the skill set to go and grab the one book, turn to the exact page, and just magically say, ‘That’s the exact answer.’ Or she could wink at the person who had done all the work and get it done anyway.”
“Bound 2″ was like any other Kanye video — but with less nudity.
I think Yeezus is the beginning of a completely new era of music. It was all new rules. It just broke every rule possible.
“None of the ideas were popular ideas. Even ‘Bound 2,’ when the video came out, I think people’s apprehension — I mean, it’s the same as any other Kanye West video. You just have colorful bears running around. It was completely morphed and weird and psychedelic and really druggy. I would have just liked to have had more nudity in it.”
He’s all honesty, no ego.
I guarantee you, I’m more than 50 percent responsible for every men’s shoe that they [Balenciaga] sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell. And they would say, ‘You can’t come to the show, because you are a celebrity.’ But all honesty, no ego, I have a level of influence, and I have a level of respect for the designers. And we move product on that Barneys floor.”
He’s channeling a bit of Jay Z on his upcoming single “All Day.”
“I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called ‘All Day,’ that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, All day, n—a, it’s ‘Ye, n—a. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, n—a. Ball so hard, man, this sh– cray, n—a. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right? Jay would have said that.”
His new album could arrive as soon as September.
“I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.”