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Kanye West Gives Rare Interview To NYT, Talks Being The Steve Jobs Of Pop Culture, His Girlfriend Kim K, Reality Show Backlash & More

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If you thought Kanye West had a big ego before, wait till you check out his first in depth interview in like, forever, with the New York Times.  Go inside to see why 'Ye can make being totally full of yourself seem kinda sexy...

Mr. West is ready to embark on a new era....the era of becoming the minimalist rapper who is anti-machine and had tucked himself away to focus on changing the entire landscape of music.  And the rapper who comes out of hiding to make a few sidewalk paparazzi appearances with his publicity machine queen girlfriend.

Kanye talk about the paradox of his romantic side and why Steve Jobs' death will allow him to take over in some way.  The "New Slaves" lyricist spent 3 days interviewing with NYT columnist Jon Caramanica, all while he was locked down in a Malibu recording studio compound finishing the Yeezy album.  Here are the highlights:

On why he always demands people to crown him with a role in history: "I think you got to make your case. Seventh grade, I wanted to be on the basketball team. I didn’t get on the team, so that summer I practiced. I was on the summer league. My team won the championship; I was the point guard. And then when I went for eighth grade, I practiced and I hit every free throw, every layup, and the next day I looked on this chart, and my name wasn’t on it. I asked the coach what’s up, and they were like, “You’re just not on it.” I was like, “But I hit every shot.” The next year — I was on the junior team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach. Where I didn’t feel that I had a position in eighth grade to scream and say, “Because I hit every one of my shots, I deserve to be on this team!” I’m letting it out on everybody who doesn’t want to give me my credit."

On his beef with the Grammys: "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."

On how his life struggles (like his mother dying in 2007) have affected his music: "Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio."

On knowing he was going to be a star: "I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz"] I was going to be a big star. At the time, they used to have the Virgin music [stores], and I would go there and just go up the escalator and say to myself, “I’m soaking in these last moments of anonymity.” I knew I was going to make it this far; I knew that this was going to happen."

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On his girlfriend Kim Kardashian: "Any woman that you’re in love with or that loves you is going to command a certain amount of, you know, energy. It’s actually easier to focus, in some ways....I’m the type of rock star that likes to have a girlfriend, you know? I’m the type of soul that likes to be in love and likes to be able to focus. And that inspires me."

On the backlash he received after appearing on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and had Kim throw out her while closet: "That was from a place of love. It’s hard when people read things in a lot of different ways. You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it’s not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get. Because I just see like, an amazing person that I’m in love with that I want to help."

On his impending fatherhood: "One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother. As simple as that....I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby."

On the texture of the music on Yeezus: "It’s like trap and drill and house. I knew that I wanted to have a deep Chicago influence on this album, and I would listen to like, old Chicago house. I think that even “Black Skinhead” could border on house, “On Sight” sounds like acid house, and then “I Am a God” obviously sounds, like, super house. "

On his impact on pop culture: “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”


Check out the full interview HERE where Kanye explains how he's a "minimalist in a rapper's body", his emotional reaction to speaking on the death of his mother and more.


Photos: Nick Knight, Kim Kardashian's website

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Dude is so lost.

Dude is so lost.
Realist's picture

a white man could give a

a white man could give a chicago black a million dollars and they'd still look around and complain if they find one white man who was given $2 million. it is sad.
cassandra29's picture

I really dont know why

I really dont know why Chicago blacks seem to have the highest rates of racial hatred against whites, but a LOT of them hate white people more than the general population of blacks. I suspect that it is because Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakahn, and black radio preaches it to them night and day and they are brainwashed with democratic propaganda. Chicago is such a polarized city with the south and west sides being predominantly black, that most of black chicago doesnt even come in contact with whites unless they are at work, so that is probably contributing to the hatred as well. Please Kanye dont forget that pride goeth before the fall.
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trixiecpkymosley's picture

I just wanted to say: I have

I just wanted to say: I have no words....

Yep..he officially just

Yep..he officially just checked himself into the psych ward! Smh..*sip sip
Like Really's picture

This man is very disturbed.

This man is very disturbed. Kim K. is welcome to him as far as I'm concerned.
LBA1's picture

Kanye is truly delusional and

Kanye is truly delusional and insecure. Why is it he always had to compare and name drop? Steve Jobs was silently brilliant. You never heard him calling himself the new Einstein or Thomas Edison. He just let his brilliance speak for himself. What does winning a Grammy against a white person do for him? Validate him? But he's supposed to be Mr. Super Confident right so why does he need such validation? America's Baby but you don't do interviews, hate the paparazzi and big corporations. That's America dumb ass! His rants are so contradictory it's sad. Kanye is starting to sound like Oswald Bates from In Living Colour. After this interview he really makes Kim like the more normal party. God help their child!
PacificGirl's picture

I totally agree!

I totally agree!
myopinioncounts's picture

Read my comment above.

Read my comment above. Chicago's blacks are victims of extreme race baters like Louis Farrakhan, and Jesse Jackson WHO MAKE THEIR LIVING ON RACIAL DIVISION AND HATRED.
cassandra29's picture



America's baby? huh funny how

America's baby? huh funny how this comes about when he in a little Scandal himself.
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GetUrLife's picture

Delusional disorder isn't.

Delusional disorder isn't.
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me1010's picture

That's right Kanye!!

That's right Kanye!! #TeamKanye
Dasiamay's picture

I'm not mad at Kanye, speak

I'm not mad at Kanye, speak that thang into existence baby. If they are hating they aren't focused enough on their own victories.

@xedos How judgmental do you

@xedos How judgmental do you sound making that comment, due to the fact you are judging the comments people make on this forum. No, Miguel was not right! He let his emotions make that comment, because he was feeling some type of way. However, Black people do not only judge, all races judge people. Its called life. Kanye & Kim unfortunately are public figures. They adore us when they want us to buy their products and albums. So yes, we do have a right to judge them when they give us the cold shoulder by spazzing out on twitter and other social media. This is a forum where others will be judged. What do you think we are sitting at the royal palace with the "Queen Of England" sipping tea? This is a blog, that ask for others opinions. Now, Poof be gone!

SMH @ Kanye. I used to at

SMH @ Kanye. I used to at least give him credit for being talented despite being a jerk. You would think that a man--a black man who survived a near-fatal car crash would be more humble but his arrogance has just grown over the years. His infatuation with Kim K only made him worse & it contradicts most of what he said in the past. But hey-do you Kanye. And I'll do me-by not supporting your arrogant & delusional arse.

He and Kim along with Rihanna

He and Kim along with Rihanna will be HUMBLED....................give it some time. I can't wait till that day b/c they deserve a reality check.
sexe757's picture

just like chris and

just like chris and rihanna...anyone who thinks this relationship would last has some issues themselves....Kanye is an immature boy in a mans body ...i pity Kim
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PacificGirl's picture

Makes me see him in a whole

Makes me see him in a whole other light. He's brilliant. He's motivated by people telling him he can't. But he did. Alright now Kanye. I'm kinda feelin ya bruh. :)
JewelryLover's picture

Miguel is so right . reading

Miguel is so right . reading most of these comments Blak people really are the most judgmental. Just let the man be great.
xedos's picture

Its black not blak; and we

Its black not blak; and we are free to have opinions about people who rely on us--the public, for their success. Kanye is 'great' to you: he's anything BUT great to me: and I am just as entitled to my feelings as you are.

ITA! Preach that! An opinion

ITA! Preach that! An opinion is NOT judgment.
me1010's picture

Stop assuming most of the

Stop assuming most of the comments are from black posters. A lot of the people saying these negative things are white, its clear to me. and as we all know, they have an agenda to separate us.
KENNEDY78's picture

This interview sounds like a

This interview sounds like a bunch of jibberish! Comparing yourself to Steve Jobs? He's sounding all Black Pantherish about how he hasn't won against any whites ,preaching about new slaves, blah blah blah. He reminds me of the black guy that was on 'Don't be a Menace to Society....' that preached about all black everything but then got with a white woman. Totally Contradicting himself. But it's obvious this guy has issues with being awkward and being an outcast so he pretends like he's out of everyone's league.
myopinioncounts's picture

He's delusional.com this guy

He's delusional.com this guy is a walking mental case. If the cameras o away he will shrivel up and die.
TeaNicole's picture

Wow! The delusion of grandeur

Wow! The delusion of grandeur is deep with this one. Not saying that he's not am accomplished artist, but damn! does he have some serious self-esteem issues. He's no muhammed ali when it comes to self-promotion.
BlackDiva's picture

Delusional....I mean Jesus is

Delusional....I mean Jesus is more collected than him right now
Jesus H. Christ's picture

smh...Kanye, you make

smh...Kanye, you make music...not cure diseases! Remember that the next time you wanna come off as the second coming a**hole! I'm surprised a man with an ego this big would choose Hollywood's biggest skank whore.
Coffy's picture

I am so SICK of this Ni**a!

I am so SICK of this Ni**a! He is slow & needs help along with the whoremunger he is with..NEXT!
Beautyfulones's picture

"I'm the type of Rock Star

"I'm the type of Rock Star that likes having a girlfriend, ya know" that's a really laid back, planned approach to something as delicate as love. This doesn't seem real.
cutethatsall56's picture

I still can't believe Ye is

I still can't believe Ye is having a baby with that idiot.

The Steve Jobs comparison is

The Steve Jobs comparison is insane; they have nothing in common. Kanye is great at what he does in his own lane, but he's truly out of touch if he thinks he's in the same ball park as Steve Jobs. They're not even in the same hemisphere. I think Kanye likes messing with folks, he knows any press is good press. There's no way he could believe some of the stuff he says...and if he does then houston, we have a problem.
memoirs.of.a.keisha's picture

Hmmmm They called Steve Jobs

Hmmmm They called Steve Jobs crazy and insane too, just remember that.
kayla1010's picture

Black folks found their new

Black folks found their new jLo, in Kim Kardashian. We are constantly searching for that nonblack person to gravitate towards and hype, to say, look they are down with us. Amazing how many talented black females in Hollywood can't get one mention on the urban blogs, but Kim Kardashian is mentioned everyday. Not her fault really.

ITA! YBF mentions Kim so much

ITA! YBF mentions Kim so much I'm starting to wonder what the "B" stands for in YBF?
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Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

That is so True. Folks were

That is so True. Folks were obsessed with JLO now its Kim. Kim actually stole her persona. Funny you mention that. She's said from day one that she's her idol.
KENNEDY78's picture

Beyonce, Rihanna, Halle

Beyonce, Rihanna, Halle Berry, and many other black women are mentioned and pictured daily on ALL of the blogs I frequent. I guess it just depends on what YOU see.
memoirs.of.a.keisha's picture

Kanye really thinks he's

Kanye really thinks he's great......BOY BYE!!!!!!!
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

Took the words right outta my

Took the words right outta my mouth! NEXT!
wildlife's picture

Great interview! I wish him

Great interview! I wish him and his growing family the best.
saHTC12's picture

Kanye please take a 3year

Kanye please take a 3year hiatus after this album and Kim take a hiatus from TV and just love and be with your family. pleaseeeee
SkeeWee's picture

I still cant believe kim is

I still cant believe kim is having a baby with this idiot
SlowNeckBecky's picture

You mean that HE's having a

You mean that HE's having a kid with her? She's the idiot and porn star. Kanye actually has talent, Kim is a complete loser.
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