8 Revealing Quotes From Kanye West’s ‘W’ Magazine Profile

It’s good to have Kanye West back. And it’s even better to see him doing interviews. In support of his latest album, Yeezus, the rapper-producer is on somewhat of a promo trail, having interviewed with The New York Times and now W Magazine, where he speaks on everything from his sex tape to his creative inspiration to styling Kim Kardashian. Check out the best tidbits from the profile.

On being invited to a runway show, only if he agreed not to attend any others
“The next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God.’ ‘Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix. You can’t say that you love music and then say that Kanye West can’t come to your show! To even think they could tell me where I could and couldn’t go is just ludicrous. It’s blasphemous—to rock ’n’ roll, and to music.”

On how he minces his words
“God’s little practical joke on me—as an intellect who doesn’t like to read a lot—is like, I’ll say some superphilosophical shit, but I’ll say it the wrong way. I’ll use the wrong word, so it goes from being really special to completely retarded.”

On his women’s fashion collections
“The first collection was way better than the second It was more artful. It was 30 collections in one. It just takes time for me to slow down and think like a normal person… I tried to come out of the gate going crazy. And it didn’t work. So now I have to somehow put out something that says, ‘I look sensible!’?”