Kanye West talks love, life and controversial comments in new interview
Kanye West is on a mission to set the record straight. Sitting down in a tell-all interview with director Steve McQueen for Interview magazine, the rapper got down to the nitty gritty talking about love, his near death experience, likening himself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and explaining why he just can’t keep quiet.
“People are strategically trying to do things to mute my voice in some way,” the ‘Bound 2’ singer said.
“As my grandfather would say, ‘Life is a performance.’ I'm giving all that I have in this life. I'm opening up my notebook and I'm saying everything in there out loud.
“A lot of people are very sacred with their ideas, and there is something to protecting yourself in that way, but there's also something to idea sharing, or being the person who makes the mistake in public so people can study that,” he continued.
Last year West became both a fiancé to Kim Kardashian and father to daughter, North West, and while the rapper confessed he couldn’t give an opinion on being a Dad because it’s still “all brand new,” he was happy to open up about finding love and having an “astronaut family.”
“When we talk about love, I don't have an answer. All I can say is that I'm happy I have it.
“I've got my astronaut family. You know, becoming famous is like being catapulted into space—sometimes without a space suit. We've seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things,” he continued.
“But to have an anchor of other astronauts and to make a little space family ... I mean, it's not like I'm the guy in ‘The Hunger Games’ begging for people to like me. I'm almost the guy with the least amount of 'likes.' I wanted a family. So God gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that's greater.'”
While West seems to have it all, the 36-year-old’s life nearly came to an end back in 2002 when he was in a car accident that left him in hospital for weeks. The near fatality was a blessing in disguise however, with the rapper recalling the aftermath as a massive turning point in both his career and personal life.
“I think I started to approach time in a different way after the accident,” he explained.
“Simply, the accident gave me the opportunity to do what I really wanted to do… During that recovery period, I just spent all my time honing my craft and making ‘The College Dropout.’
“It gave me perspective on life—that it was really now or 100 percent never.”
Fast forward nearly 12 years and the ‘Yeezus’ rapper has become so successful he has controversially likened himself to icons Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and and even Nelson Mandela. West insists, however: “It's because I'm trying to give people a little bit of context to the possibilities that are in front of me, as opposed to putting me in the rap category that the Grammys has put me in.”
And in regards to his Grammys snub, the rapper said: "I've been nominated for Best Album maybe three times. I made ‘Dark Fantasy’ and ‘Watch the Throne’ less than a year apart and neither of them got nominated…”
“But let's go into the fact that I have the most Grammys of any 36-year-old or 40-year-old or whatever, and I've never won a Grammy outside of the Rap or R&B categories,” he added.
— Paige Ahearn