In the wake of Kanye West’s revealing sit-down with SHOWstudio – the 11th installment of the platform’s “In Camera” series – we recap some of the most memorable quotes from the interview.
Kanye West recently graced fashion platform SHOWstudio with a special appearance, speaking with Lou Stoppard during a two-hour long unedited broadcast. A range of questions were submitted from a global online audience, and as can be expected, West’s responses do not shy away from the controversial or the contentious. We’ve recapped some of the most impactful thoughts on music, fashion and celebrity, shared by West, who prefaces the interview by reminding us to find the value in the gist of his words, rather than their literal meaning.
You can watch the full interview above and peep our favorite quotes below.
On calling himself a creative genius:
“Because otherwise I’m called celebrity, I’m called nigger, I’m called rapper. And when they used the word celebrity, nigger or rapper it’s not in a positive way.”
“I’m a creative genius. And it’s proven, and I will continue to prove it.”
“Anyone that is criticizing… Most likely, they saw the 350s and acted like they didn’t like them because they’re racist.”
“I loved clothes before I knew a fuck about the fashion world.”
“The highest art form is actually fashion. And what’s funny about that is people in art look down on fashion designers.”
In regards to the critics of his most recent YEEZY show:
“You know we die in 80 years, 50 years, 60 years… You know we will die, right? On that day I lived.”
In reply to Anna Wintour, who asked what he will name his son and what he hopes for him:
“I don’t have a name for him, but what I hope for him is that he can feel purpose. That he can learn that he has the opportunities… The other night I was driving in Paris and I saw these three high school kids running top speed. I didn’t know if they were chasing a guy or what. But when they got up to the street there was a bus right there, pulling off and they were beating on the side of the bus. I looked at the time and it was 1 a.m. so that might be the last bus of the night and I was really saddened. How can I make my son feel that? Once you’ve felt that, then none of these fucking questions matter. When you’ve missed that last bus before, you don’t give a fuck about any of this.”
On family, and how becoming a father changed him:
“Three years ago, after this interview I would have been on a train back to Paris to see the last of the shows and get that inspiration. Now I’m on the first flight back home to see my greatest inspiration, my daughter.”
“We’re doing a lot with what we have. What we have is the highest level of communication that has ever happened in human existence. My wife… She’s like MTV and NBC and all this combined… Number one on Instagram. And then the entire family. And then you have me and my entire music family. So, basically, there’s no ad you can put in any magazine that can somehow add up to anyone one of me or my friends or my family just walking on the street and getting photographed. That is the fucking reality of 2015 people.”
“So many people rate Dark Fantasy as one of the best albums, and Yeezus and 808s are so much better and stronger. Dark Fantasy is me… Almost like an apology record. ‘Power’ was the least progressive song that I ever had as a first single.”
“I appreciate everyone’s opinion but I refuse to have a lesser opinion about myself.”
“To let your life be controlled by public opinion would be like asking to sit in traffic for the rest of your life.”