I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em We buy our way out of jail, but we can’t buy freedom We’ll buy a lot of clothes when we don’t really need em Things we buy to cover up what’s inside Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth That’s why shortys hollering “where the ballas’ at?” Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack And a white man get paid off of all of that But I ain’t even gon act holier than thou Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou Before I had a house and I’d do it again Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz I wanna act ballerific like it’s all terrific I got a couple past due bills, I won’t get specific I got a problem with spending before I get it We all self conscious I’m just the first to admit it
Kanye:[My Beautiful] Dark [Twisted] Fantasy” and “Watch the Throne”: neither was nominated for Album of the Year, and I made both of those in one year. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.
But the thing is, I don’t care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate.
NYT:You want the historical record to be right.
Kanye:Yeah, I don’t want them to rewrite history right in front of us. At least, not on my clock. I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever. But after a while, it’s like: “Wait a second; this isn’t fair. This is a setup.” I remember when both Gnarls Barkley and Justin [Timberlake] lost for Album of the Year, and I looked at Justin, and I was like: “Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know, do you want me to fight” —
Kanye:For what’s right. I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things. So when the next little girl that wants to be, you know, a musician and give up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent and bring something special to the world, and it’s time for us to roll out and say, “Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?” — that thing is more fair because I was there.
NYT:But has that instinct led you astray? Like the Taylor Swift interruption at the MTV Video Music Awards, things like that.
Kanye:It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
NYT:So no regrets?
Kanye:I don’t have one regret.
NYT:Do you believe in the concept of regret?
Kanye:If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.
NYT:But that is something that you apologized for.
Kanye:Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
NYT:So that was a situation in which you gave in to peer pressure to apologize?
NYT:So if you had a choice between taking back the original action or taking back the apology, you’d take back the apology?
Kanye:You know what? I can answer that, but I’m — I’m just — not afraid, but I know that would be such a distraction. It’s such a strong thing, and people have such a strong feeling about it. “Dark Fantasy” was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: “Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.”
Anon this is literally the best thing you could have asked me I could kiss you
1. “If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the espresso.” (x)
2. This interview about self esteem and creativity. Honestly this is one of the most important interviews of all time. Kanye West is a brilliant man who literally should be an inspiration to everyone, but rather is shit on for being an egoist.
3. Literally just… Kanye West’s Twitter is a gift look at these
4. “It was like that moment when I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of “Monster” because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on “Dark Fantasy” and people to this day would say to me ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment… as disruptive as that Nicki Minaj “Monster” verse was, it’s how disruptive the Yeezys were. People hadn’t felt that feeling since the Jordans."
Yeah let’s talk about how Kanye West is a self serving narcissist. THAT’S NOT A LIE AT ALL.
-The whole thing about the Grammy award and Beck. Honestly I completely agree with Kanye. I see that he respects Beck as an artist, but was not going to sit by when Beyonce’s article has RADICALLY changed pop music. That album is going to change pop music forever, and it deserved the award.
-I also left this out because I want to respect their privacy but him, Kim Kardashian, and North are actually the cutest family and they warm my heart.
THANK YOU ANON. I know the world really doesn’t need another white girl talking about Kanye West but thank you. Kanye West is actually one of my life inspirations and one of the most interesting and brilliant celebrities out there right now. Visual culture is going to change radically because of him and I’m so excited for it.