Kanye Did an Interview with The New York Times

Jon Caramanica of the New York Times managed to land one of the most coveted interviews in music:  The Elusive Kanye West Q&A. He spent 3 days with Kanye in Malibu as he worked with Rick Rubin to perfect the Yeezus album and wrap it up ahead of it’s release next Tuesday. Ye opened up about pretty much everything you wouldn’t have expected to hear from him about: impending fatherhood, Kim, his perceived egomania, why he feels compelled to speak out for what’s “right”, his current feelings about his previous albums, the new album, his lack of regrets and much more.

Hit the jump for an excerpt.

Here he speaks on his last moments of anonymity and how instrumental dead prez were in helping him develop his style.

Even though you had always wanted to be out in front, was there ever a point where you valued your anonymity?
Yeah, I held on to the last moments of it. I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz”] I was going to be a big star. At the time, they used to have the Virgin music [stores], and I would go there and just go up the escalator and say to myself, “I’m soaking in these last moments of anonymity.” I knew I was going to make it this far; I knew that this was going to happen.

But producting happened for you first, especially after Jay-Z used you so heavily on “The Blueprint.”
I used to have tracks that sounded like Timbaland; I had tracks that sounded like [DJ Premier]. But Jay-Z was an amazing communicator that made the soul sound extremely popular. And because I could make the soul sound in my sleep, it finally gave me a platform to put the message that my parents put inside of me and that Dead Prez helped to get out of me and Mos Def and [Talib] Kweli, they helped to get out of me: I was able to put it, sloppily rap it, on top of the platform that Jay-Z had created for me.

Before, when I wanted to rap, my raps sounded like a bit like Cam’ron; they sounded a bit like Mase; they sounded a bit like Jay-Z or whoever. And it wasn’t until I hung out with Dead Prez and understood how to make, you know, raps with a message sound cool that I was able to just write “All Falls Down” in 15 minutes.

Is that true?
Yeah, that’s how I discovered my style. I was just hanging out with them all the time in New York. I would produce for them. You know, I was able to slip past everything with a pink polo, but I am Dead Prez. And now, because I was able to slip past, I have a responsibility at all times.

Read the full piece here.

Previously: Kanye West Previews “Send It Up” Featuring King Louie | Kanye Speaks at Yeezus Listening Session in NYC


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61 Responses to “Kanye Did an Interview with The New York Times”

  1. general glamour Says:

    NBA TV Postgame >>> ESPN NBA Crew

    ^

    already

    thanks for reminding me

  2. King James Says:

    coach pop>>>>>

  3. general glamour Says:

    magic johnson is the woat player analyst nigga says the most basic shit

    ^

    lol i love magic just the rest of the crew kinda sucks

    but this is true lol

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    lol still tho magic >>>

  4. King James Says:

    charles barkley>>>>>

  5. A-1 Says:

    I can’t believe dis nigga Bron gon let dis fucc nigga Timmy do em like dis again smh have ye no shame..?!! Dat nigga posed 2 take a AI amount of shots like fucc it smh wtf..?!!

  6. general glamour Says:

    charles barkley>>>>>

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    legend on court n off court

    analog n digital (c) trill

  7. why? Says:

    I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.

    ^
    David Stern?

    *blank stare*

  8. King James Says:

    A-1 Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I can’t believe dis nigga Bron gon let dis fucc nigga Timmy do em like dis again smh have ye no shame..?!! Dat nigga posed 2 take a AI amount of shots like fucc it smh wtf..?!!

    ^

    bron fucking up my nigga wade’s legacy for the 2nd time in texas

  9. general glamour Says:

    why? Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.

    ^
    David Stern?

    *blank stare*

    ^

    hmmmmm …

    i blank stared at first

    but then i thought about it

    with a lot of help from michael jordan obviously

    david stern played an instrumental part in developing the game into what it is today

    an artist … if you will …

    kanye is communicating at a super saiiyan level right now

  10. general glamour Says:

    fuck david stern tho

    chris paul

    laker fans aint forgot faggot

  11. spirit equality Says:

    why? Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.

    ^
    David Stern?

    *blank stare*

    ^

    So many statements in that interview deserved a follow up question. Or even a decent initial question. LOL. Hip-hop journalism is the f–king worse.

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