Kanye West opens up in new interview
Kanye West has broken his so-called media silence to chat with Jon Caramanica over at the New York Times.
He opened up about his new album Yeezus (obviously, it's out next week), working with labels, family, Rick Rubin, Taylor Swift, being a 'black new wave artist' and loads more. We've highlighted some of the best parts for you below, but make sure you head here for the full interview.
Yeezus is out on June 18th via Def Jam.
On that Taylor Swift interruption:
It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is.
On My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy:
I don't want to come off dissing "Dark Fantasy." It's me never being satisfied and then me coming and admitting and saying the truth. As much as I can air things out for other people, to air things out for myself, to say, "I feel like this could've been stronger."
On working with Rick Rubin:
I'm still just a kid learning about minimalism, and he's a master of it. It's just really such a blessing, to be able to work with him. I want to say that after working with Rick, it humbled me to realize why I hadn't — even though I produced Watch the Throne; even though I produced Dark Fantasy - why I hadn't won Album of the Year yet.
On the inspirations behind Yeezus:
Yeah, it's like trap and drill and house. I knew that I wanted to have a deep Chicago influence on this album, and I would listen to like, old Chicago house. I think that even "Black Skinhead" could border on house, "On Sight" sounds like acid house, and then "I Am a God" obviously sounds, like, super house.
Way Out West Festival has all credentials to be the perfect festival; not only does the festival consistently provide great line-ups but it is located in the Mecca of all things cool - Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the meticulous attention to the variety of acts and venues that I enjoyed so much; after all it can get a bit claustrophobic being simply confined to just one big field for 4 days. [read more]
Among other things, West said that society should start "embracing each other as creatives" and that individuals shouldn't be too "protective of their self image." [read more]
Jay-Z, R Kelly, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon all added to the 'Cruel Summer' lineup. [read more]
It's good friday today, both for religious people and for fans of Kanye West/Hip-Hop as the forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music Compilation has launched, and you can hear the first track below. [read more]