Although Kanye West has managed to elude the press in regards to the anticipation of and the release of his acclaimed Yeezus album, W Magazine recently released an insightful piece that delves into the possibile future of Mr. West. Written by Cristopher Bagley, the main interview reportedly took place at Kanye West’s Parisian “loft/museum-in-progress.” Here is an excerpt:
West knows the risks of extending himself beyond the music world; he learned that the hard way in 2011, when he debuted his women’s fashion line in Paris. Many reviewers panned the collection, deeming it sloppily overwrought and marred by unfortunately placed zippers, but they were kinder about the second, which showed more focus and discipline. West is convinced that the critics got it backward. “The first collection was way better than the second,” he says. “It was more artful. It was 30 collections in one. It just takes time for me to slow down and think like a normal person.” Established designers, West notes, are already “in a position to go crazy. I tried to come out of the gate going crazy. And it didn’t work. So now I have to somehow put out something that says, ‘I look sensible!’ ” That might be accomplished by his new men’s capsule collection of jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies for a hip French brand, to be unveiled in July.
Reasons why we believe it’s A.P.C.:
Kanye West and A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou are friends, and what does A.P.C. do best? Jeans, T-shirts and hoodies. Boom. Solved.
Rumors about the collaboration already started in December, when A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou mentioned that he wanted to work with West on something. We also hear from other industry sources that a capsule collection will be presented next month.
Favorite quote from the story:
“I made that song because I am a god,” he says finally. He laughs for a second, then stops. “I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend shit. That shit is rock ’n’ roll, man. That shit is rap music. I am a god. Now what?”
Be sure to read Kanye West’s New York Times interview as well, if you haven’t already.