The MC/producer, who appears front and center on Paper magazine’s April 2015 “American Dream" issue, says he doesn’t consider himself “truly a musician” right now. Wait! What? Why?
"I am not what I would consider truly a musician,” 'Ye wrote in a piece that is presented in his own words. "I am an inventor. I am an innovator.”
He also (surprisingly) reveals that he doesn’t love music as much as he once did.
"I loved music,” he says, speaking about his early work as a producer. "I loved it more than I love it now. But I think that can happen with anything. You can live in New York for 10 years and say, 'I now want to move to San Francisco.' It's just harder for me to do music now, period. It's easier for people who focus on it all day and who are younger in their concept of what they want to do with it.”
As we all know, Kanye is passionate about fashion and he’s got much more to come in that field. "I haven't even given my College Dropout of clothing yet,” he says. "We're still on mix tapes.”
But more than just shocking pull quotes, West’s Paper article also serves to motivate. As Yeezy finds himself between several different worlds, from music to fashion to corporate business dealings, 'Ye's got a lot of insight on it all. So, here are some of Yeezy’s most motivational tidbits from the Paper cover story.
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"I know people want to talk about the American Dream, but my dream is a world dream. It's a world in which everyone's main goal would be to help each other."
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"You get back what you put out, and the more positive energy you put out, the more positive energy you'll get back."
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"The Internet has opened up every conversation, literally and metaphorically. It starts as homogenizing, but this hybrid-ing, this interbreeding of ideas, is necessary for us as a race to evolve. (Thank God for Steve Jobs.)"
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"I think it's so important for me, as an artist, to give Drake as much information as I can, A$AP, Kendrick, Taylor Swift, any of these younger artists as much information as I can to make better music in the future. We should all be trying to make something that's better."
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"I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, 'What's your boy got on?' But there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past. Who gets to decide what's hard and what's not hard? When I saw this kilt, I liked it. I was into it. It looked fresh to me. I felt creative; I didn't feel limited by some perception."
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"My goal is to be as close to a five-year-old, or a four-year-old, or a three-year-old, as possible. If a three-year-old says, 'I like the color orange,'he's not giving an explanation to an entire world that can give him a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on whether or not he should like the color orange. I don't care about the thumbs-up or the thumbs-down."
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"I like two things: I like innovating and I like making things better. It's not that I always have to invent things that are new. Sometimes I can take something that's there and attempt to make a better version and that's what gets me off. Bottom line."
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"There isn't an example of a living celebrity that has more words formed against him, but just a little self-belief can go a long way. I think the scariest thing about me is the fact that I just believe. I believe awesome is possible and I believe that beauty is important."
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"We're all from one family called the human race. It's simple as that. This race is up against some interesting things -- poverty, war, global warming, classism -- and we have to come together to beat this. It'll only be as a collective that we can beat this, and we can. We can create a better world for ourselves."
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"I believe money is important. I think that artists have been brainwashed to look at money as a bad thing, and it's not. I think they're equally important in our current civilization."
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