When Kanye West talks, people listen. When he rants, masses tune in. The rapper gave a rare interview to the New York Times in which he talks at some length about his career. And he rants. And he delivers some bravado-filled soundbites that should reverberate until his new album “Yeezus” drops on June 18.
West covers a lot of turf. He opens up on parenthood (he would “do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother),” he disses the Grammys, and he defines himself as “a black new wave artist.” And apparently, he doesn’t have a single regret. Not even for the Taylor Swift “interruption” at the MTV Video Music Awards; though he does admit he has “faltered.” There’s an acknowledgement, “I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.”
Early on in the article, West recalls his youthful hoops days. And how his failure to make a team spurred him on to bigger stages -- and to pick the battles of his willing. The basketball metaphors bounce on. “You know,” he says, “if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, ‘This is wrong’.”
As previously reported, Daft Punk are tipped to appear on “Yeezus,” alongside the likes of Chief Keef and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The album’s first public spin happened Monday night at New York’s Milk Studios.
In the NY Times feature, West gives his own verdict on his sixth album. “There’s no opera sounds on this new album, you know what I mean? It’s just like, super low-bit. I’m still, like, slightly a snob, but I completely removed my snob heaven songs; I just removed them altogether.”
West's interview is an easy read. It's sometimes funny, and at times unintentionally so. West presents himself as an artist who clearly feels unbeatable. And he makes everyone acutely aware of this. “I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus."