Kanye West hasn’t always been exactly media-friendly. But with a new album coming out, he decided to break his own rule. The rapper sat down with Jon Caramanica of the New York Times to talk about his new album Yeezus, but ended up saying so much more.
Throughout the interview, the rapper shows confidence in himself and his product, but no sign of humility.
"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means," West said. “I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of [the] Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period."
But Steve Jobs is not the only superstar West compares himself too. He also called himself "the Michael Jordan of music" at one point.
Throughout the interview, West speaks about the injustices he has faced. But it appears that those grievances are all one-sided. Caramanica asked West about what led him to walk onstage and interrupt Taylor Swift during an MTV award ceremony, but he answered that he sees nothing in his life he has done wrong. While some would disagree, with examples, he says his instinct in that moment, and every other moment in his life, boils down to just one thing.
"It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times," West answered. "It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is."
West is expecting a new album and a new daughter this year, but he still seems to be keeping his life as private as he can.
"I just don't want to talk to America about my family," he said. "Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby."
The 36-year-old does seem excited about his new album, but said his music comes to him because of his "anti-celebrity" persona. He explains he isn’t trying to have some kind of "romantic relationship" with his fans, and this is why he makes the music he does.
Yeezus is due out June 18.
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