Thu 26 Feb 2015
It’s been an eventful few days for Kanye West in London this week. As the ashes slowly settle from last night’s explosive performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards, where he debuted his new song “All Day” with Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and half of North London, Yeezy catches up with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for what promises to be another unforgettable interview. According to Zane, there’s less shouting this time around, though.
Watch the interview below…
+ He came across a lot of egos in the fashion industry. “If I meet someone who I respect or I look up to, I will literally kiss their feet.”
+ Kanye never released his Cruel Summer film because it has to be experienced with seven screens.
+ He apologizes because Kanye West x adidas Season 1 might be in the upper price point. “Exclusivity is the new N-word. Nothing should be exclusive. Everyone should have an opportunity to drink from the same fountain.”
+ He realizes that he didn’t know how to properly communicate his ideas in the fashion industry. You don’t shout at a girl if you’re trying to go home with her. “Your egg, my semen, we change the world.”
+ On Drake: “Let’s be respectful and truthful: the hottest rapper in the game.”
+ “The College Dropout came out of a fight to rap, and this new album’s coming out of a fight to design.”
+ “I didn’t come here to be liked; I came here to make a difference… at any moment, I could hit that ‘Ye button.”
+ “Meeting Paul McCartney was like meeting Ralph Lauren.”
+ “Fusion is the future, period.”
+ “That never happened to me in an interview before,” he said after breaking down into tears over the passing of Professor Louise Wilson, who was the director of the Central Saint Martins MA fashion degree.
+ “The world can only be saved through design… art is to be free, design is to fix.”
+ “What does Kanye West and Elon Musk talk about? The futch.”
+ “I know we say black lives matter, but all lives matter.”
+ On Beck: “I never said he wasn’t an artist.”
+ On Beck, again: “Maybe I might have been wrong.”
+ “We, musicians are the pinnacle, and the Grammys are the assistant. And they need to know what time it is.”
+ “People say I’m hypocritical. Yes, I am. I’m 100% a hypocrite. I am a human being.”
+ “Nori, this one’s for you: you need a sibling.”
+ He described his performances this year as the visual representation of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
+ On Drake, again: “He’s delivering a level of product to humanity that is high quality.”
+ A lot of love for Drake in this interview: “I don’t have any advice for this young man but what I can say is… run, fly, go as fast as you can. Don’t stop.”