No one knows how to throw a more impassioned speech than Kanye West. In part one of his sit-down with Zane Lowe for BBC Radio 1, the Chicago rapper begins speaking about his recent release Yeezus and manages to steer the conversation to Michael Jackson and Fendi. Cue the quotables below.
On content of Yeezus:
“I’m not trying to regurgitate myself, I showed people I only understand how to make perfect … but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and break new grounds sonically and culturally in society”
On other G.O.O.D. Music artists’ albums
“If I’m working on a John Legend album, I’m going to try to give John Legend the best home for him to stay in, West says. “And I’m going to try to push Pusha T -no pun intended once again, this keeps happening to me – to make the thing that represents what I like about his music the most. For me as Kanye West, I gotta fuck shit up.”
On the original intro for Yeezus:
Originally “Blood on the Leaves” was supposed to be first, which psychologically I know would have changed certain Yeezus naysayers about the album.
On Michael Jackson:
Michael Jackson had to fight to get his video played because he was Black … This is Michael Jackson. How can he be classified as this one Black artist? In my life and creativity, it’s been challenging but I was able to ascend to massive levels and heights because of the foundation that my mother and my father and my grandfather laid through civil rights, what Michael Jackson did with music videos and the ground he broke.
On his rants:
They classify my motivational speeches as rants, like why is he saying that? Why is he doing that? Well I’ve reached the point in my life where my true showmanship boat has hit the painting and I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling as a creative person, as a celebrity.
On the state of rap:
No knock to trap, I did ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ and I like it but its been commercialized to the point and I’m not mentioning no names but when people used to use the term “R&B niggas,” then “rappers,” now rappers are the new “R&B niggas,” the new radio. Where is the culture at?!”
Watch as he also recalls getting turned down by Fendi for showing them designs of leather jogging pants six years ago in part one of the interview above.