Mon 23 Jul 2012
Like the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, G.O.O.D. Music was masterminded by one individual. Though all members of the crew play vital roles, there’s only one boss in Kanye’s camp. Just as Rza lead the almighty Wu, ‘Ye plays the head of the machine that houses Pusha T, Common, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mr. Hudson, Hit-Boy, CyHi The Prynce, Teyana Taylor, Mr. Hudson, and 2 Chainz (Unofficially). In their first joint magazine cover and accompanying story, the starting lineup discussed what makes their camp the “Hermes of Hip-Hop,” as Pusha previously described. In honor of Mr. West, who was noticeably absent from the piece–Kanye has chosen to skip on all media for Cruel Summer–we’ve compiled the 10 most powerful statements about Kanye West from Complex’s cover story.
Check out all 10 statements after the jump…
1. Big Sean: Kanye put himself in a class that nobody can match, as far as evolving, progressing, and taking the best of what we learn and making more out of it.
2. Common: ’Ye’s perspective is “We’re going to make the purest music, and make it reach. There ain’t no limitations to where you can reach.
3. 2 Chainz: “[Kanye} sees all these fucking colors and builds around your vocal tone and moves it around.
4. Q-Tip: ’Ye don’t give a fuck.
5. Cudi: He knows what he’s talking about. It’s crazy how insanely smart he is—it’s frustrating at times.
6. Pusha T: ... he’s going to tear your shit all the way down, and then build it back up. It doesn’t get any better than that.
7. Common: And shit, he used to have a phone. [Laughs.]
8. John Legend: He’s consistent in the fact that he’s willing to change. He’s willing to push himself and go beyond what he did in the past.
9. 2 Chainz: Stuff was happening in my life that I couldn’t tell nobody. I didn’t have anybody in my life that I could tell, like, “’Ye just called me.”
10. Q-Tip: We all have that drive. Kanye channels it—he’s the nucleus. But at the same time, it’s collaborative. He’s open to whatever it is.