Kanye West Credits Michael Jackson and Jay-Z for Making His Career Possible
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.23.2013
Kanye talks about Kim Kardashian, Yeezus and more...
Kanye West's interview with BBC Radio 1 has been unveiled. NME reports that the Zane Lowe-conducted interview aired on the network on Monday. Check out the highlights:
On Michael Jackson's influence: "I would not be Kanye West were it not for Michael Jackson – he had to fight to get his video played because he was black… for me in my life of creativity its been challenging, but I was able to ascend to massive level and heights… There would be no Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson."
On his new album: "[As an artist] I'm here to crack the pavement and break new ground, sonically...For me as Kanye West, I got to fuck shit up… I'm going to take music and try to make it three dimensional… I'm not here to make easy listening, easily programmable music." He said of collaborator Rick Rubin, "he's not a producer, he's a reducer".
On being the '#1 rock star on the planet': "We the real rock stars and I'm the biggest of all of them."
On people's reaction to his rants: "I've reached a moment in life where my Truman show boat has hit the wall...There's no-one in this space that looks like me, if they are, they're quiet as fuck... I bought real rap back, I'm going to do dope things".
On his non-musical projects: "I can make music, I can do it, but I shouldn't be limited to one place of creativity… You guys don't understand that I did the Yeezys and they eBayed for $90,000 but I didn't get a call from Nike the next day...Eventually I want to be the anchor and the force behind a billion dollar company. I eventually want to be an anchor behind the first trillion dollar company."
On Kim Kardashian: "She gave me everything. She gave me a support system. She's in a powerful enough situation that she could love me without asking for money."
On Jay-Z: "Me as Kanye West, a young revolutionary coming out of Chicago [I] wouldn't have made it without Jay-Z as my big brother, watching my back."
On Kendrick Lamar calling out other rappers in his verse on "Control": "I don't do diss records. Yeah, friendly competition, that's cool – that's fine...I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to speak to this brother as much as possible… He's one of our future messengers and I'm gonna give him some jewels."