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The NY Times‘ T Magazine Profiles Kanye West

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NY Times writer Jon Caramanica shadowed Kanye back during New York Fashion Week, observing his first Yeezy/adidas fashion show and digging into the mind of Ye. The T Magazine profile is now available for your reading pleasure and it offers a look at Ye’s new attitude after finally having achieved a goal he strived towards for over a decade.

He explains his frustration with being shutout by the high-end fashion establishment for so long:

A couple of years ago, in 2013, West could be found inveighing against the gatekeepers he perceived as impediments to his success: the designers who wouldn’t collaborate with him, the financiers who wouldn’t back him. He did this in interviews as well as on stage, from the 60-foot tall mountain that was the centerpiece of his Yeezus tour. “I would scream — ‘Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt?’ ” he told me. “ ’Look at everyone in the audience — we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!’ ”

He talks about how the social activism that was instilled in him by his parents drives his desire to democratize fashion to make clothing that is accessible to the masses:

“I’m not a celebrity, I’m an activist,” he says. “The fact that when I see truth it’s really hard for me to sit back and just allow it to happen in front of me on my clock makes me, a lot of times, a bad celebrity.”

And he reflects on his new calm and the ongoing deflation of his ego:

“I have this table in my new house,” West said, offering a parable. “They put this table in without asking. It was some weird nouveau riche marble table, and I hated it. But it was literally so heavy that it took a crane to move it. We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked.

“I realized that table was my ego. No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through.”

Read the full profile and check out some behind the scenes footage from the photo shoot here.

The full version of Vic Mensa & Kanye’s “U Mad” is out now, check it out here.


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