Kanye, Common, John Legend Interview
Issue: July 2005
Story Headline: The Last Laugh
Background: Mr. West was now one of the most sought after producers-turnt rappers, John Legend was also emerging as one of R&B's newest beloved voices. Common, the veteran among the three, had earned his respect in hip-hop but still struggled to achieve mainstream success. With the birth of Ye's new G.O.O.D music record label, they promised to put out what Kanye described as "divine" music. VIBE spoke with all three musical geniuses to find out how they planned to change the game, for good.
John Legend: "I think that the three of us complement one another really well. With me as the singer and the musician, Kanye as the singsongy rapper/producer with the overtly pop sensibility, and Common as, like, the old wise man."
Common: "Erykah [Badu] was the first woman I was in love with--who I didn't cheat on. I thought I was going to be with her forever. She was a catalyst for change, she pushed me to find myself. But I learned that I can't look to anyone else for light, I need to shine regardless."
Kanye: "My whole thing with the media was that the fans were, like, walking in at the end of an argument. You know, like, if you step in an argument, domestic abuse, or something like that, and you hear 'Fuck you, I fucked your friends. Your mama's a bitch.' And you see that, and you're like, 'Man, that person is wildin'.' But you didn't see the person smack the other just before you stepped into the room. It's the don't -argue-with-fools-'cause- from-a-distance-you-won't know-who-is-who thing. And by me wildin' out, like when I said that artists should get paid to be on covers, the fans didn't know who was who. But I'm not afraid to fight the press. Ask Mos Def. Ask Q tip. I'm like the 'Pac for them."