Kanye West certainly didn’t hold back in a recent interview with GQ magazine for their August issue.
Not known for keeping his feelings to himself, the rapper and newlywed sat down just days after his wedding to Kim Kardashian and spouted off his thoughts — and some strange analogies — on rap rival Drake, the state of celebrity, never losing his dinosaur … and being “a blowfish.”
On no longer being the most popular man in rap:
“Currently that spot is taken [by Drake]. Let’s be honest — he got last summer. And I’d never given it up till last summer. It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?”
On dealing with the paparazzi — and walking into a pole in front of TMZ reporters:
“There’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a — what’s the fish that blows up? 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. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”
On ripping apart the bathrooms at his wedding:
“The bathrooms — that usually would be a porta-potty — were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort [in Florence, Italy]. The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn’t approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there.
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“So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, “Let’s just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better.” Which it did, in the end.”
On his celebrity rant during his wedding speech:
“What I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.
“I’m sitting right here, it’s a fight. I’m fighting with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt. At this point, people know what’s up. People know I’m smart. And people know that, whether it’s SNL or Jimmy Kimmel, it’s a trend to take the piss out of celebrity — just as much of a trend as wearing a gray hoodie or driving a Prius.”
On why loving Kim is like a scene from Step Brothers:
“Like they said in Step Brothers: ‘Never lose your dinosaur.’ This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur. Kim is this girl who f—ing turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, ‘Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.’
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“I don’t give a f— about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur — especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading — it’s like, f—, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multiton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s f—ing cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this f—ing 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—ing fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.”
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.