In a recent interview for his Time “100” feature, Kanye West says that every time he drops truth bombs, he breaks the internet. To prove it, he’s on the cover of Papermagazine’s American Dream issue — you know, the same magazine that tried to break the internet with Kim Kardashian’s backside, — but for some reason had Kanye keep all his clothes on along with a cover story written in his words. In true Kanye style he talked about everything from Tidal and the Illuminati to Madonna to not loving music as much now to his momentous attitude shift after taking in nitrous gas at the dentist’s office.
He also talked how he is tired of being called an Illuminati member. He says that Musicians only compromise their lyrics so that they won’t lose money on a contract.
I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities. We’re the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don’t lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She’s judged for who she adopts. Fuck all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!
Let’s just tap back into the real world for a second — we can have children. Let’s be thankful. We can raise our kids, let’s be thankful. But how about we raise our kids in a truthful world, not a world based on brands and concepts of perception? Perception is not reality. When I look in North’s eyes, I’m happy about every mistake I’ve ever made. I’m happy that I fought to bring some type of reality to this world we choose to stay in right now, driven by brands and corporations
Sadly, though, it seems that despite his forthcoming album, his heart isn’t really into making music anymore:
“I loved music. I loved it more than I love it now. But I think that can happen with anything. You can live in New York for 10 years and say, ‘I now want to move to San Francisco.’ It’s just harder for me to do music now, period. It’s easier for people who focus on it all day and who are younger in their concept of what they want to do with it. I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator.”
On those who criticize him for joining the fashion industry ,he says
I saw this article that asked, “Should Kanye leave fashion to the professionals?” That question is really ignorant, in a way, because the second I sell my first T-shirt or my first shoe, doesn’t that make me a professional? And when you sit down with Riccardo Tisci at the Louvre and he pitches the idea of you wearing a leather kilt, which could be considered by all of your gangbanging friends as some sort of a dress or skirt, at that point you are now a part of the fashion world. You have paid your dues to be an insider. I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, “What’s your boy got on?” But there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past. Who gets to decide what’s hard and what’s not hard? When I saw this kilt, I liked it. I was into it. It looked fresh to me. I felt creative; I didn’t feel limited by some perception.