Kanye West shares his thoughts on Glastonbury, running for President, affordable Adidas shoes and desire to work with IKEA during an interview with BBC Radio 1.
Radio Host Annie Mac first teased the phone interview on her Snapchat in mid-July before finally airing it today. She also named “Fade” as her “hottest record in the world” during the talk.
— Alex Brown (@AlexDJBrown) July 16, 2016
Throughout the 25 minute interview Kanye touched on various topics including touring, not using CDs, speaking the truth and his “Famous” visual.
Check out the 17 best quotes from the interview as posted by BBC.
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(Audio and quotes via HHNM)
Wanting to work with IKEA: “I have to work with IKEA – make furniture for interior design, for architecture and I know that if I do a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm where the TV goes on the side of the wall… Yo IKEA, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes – I want more products from Ye.”
His analysis of his Glastonbury performance last summer: “It was incredible. I started off the show and I completely messed up the music. And me, as you can imagine by this phone call, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. So it really put me into a slightly depressed state and it put me back in the position of when I was in high school and I got fired from my job, or when I played my music for R. Kelly and he told me he was going to sign me and then three months later I didn’t have any money I couldn’t afford a haircut, I couldn’t take my girlfriend to the movies and I’m still in my momma’s bedroom, working on beats and I was that close to being signed by R. Kelly… I don’t usually get nervous, I prepare, I get fully prepared. When that music messed up in the beginning it tapped into my nerves and when you’re nervous or vulnerable something special and something different can happen.”
Wanting to make his own trainer brand with Adidas which are affordable for all people: “I’m going to Adidas and I’m like Adidas, I know you’ve never made a shoe under $50 but we have to make a shoe that costs $30 and I’m gonna be the coolest shoe of all. To me, this thing I’m saying is the thing I’m most excited about of anything I’ve ever done. To be able to take all of what I’ve learnt from the best designers and making collections with fashion people ripping me up alive and dissing me saying don’t quit your day job and all that, to be able to get to the point of being able to make something that everyone can touch and have that visibility.”
His reasons to run for President: “We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July … we’re numb to places on the earth that we don’t live – like our life is okay but it’s okay for other people’s lives to not be okay. When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views, I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.”
Wife Kim Kardashian West not wanting to cook him greens: “When my wife cooks for me I will always ask for greens and she never wants to cook the greens because they take three hours to cook.”
Bringing “The Life Of Pablo” tour to Europe and how European fans embrace him more than Americans: “Yes, most definitely. I’m telling you, whenever I’m in London, when I’m in Paris or Germany I feel an amount of love respect and appreciation that I feel more than when I’m in America.”
Not wanting to get into personal debt again: “Content, I want to make content and I don’t want to have to get scripts approved to do it and I don’t want to have to go into personal debt again to do it.”
I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016
Talking about being a creator and applying it to whatever he likes (designing Yeezy’s etc): “Yeah that’s that like telling Michelangelo I know you did this dope angel and that was really beautiful, but likewise you know I don’t think you can paint a cow.”