The man, the myth, the one and only Kanye West waxed philosophical during his Friday morning interview with New York's premier hip hop radio station, Power 105.
He touched on many topics: his album, his upcoming collaboration with Drake, his relationship with Beck, and even on an upcoming documentary with highly controversial religious leader, Louis Farrakhan.
Kanye has some interesting points of view on his recent behavior, and surprisingly, he doesn't see too many mistakes.
As we all now, Kanye rushed the stage during the Grammy awards and then later, Kanye West bashed Beck's Grammy win in a post awards interview.
Now he says, "if I hadn't done that, his Album of the Year would never be mentioned. Now it's in all the chatter. 'Kanye West messes up again.' I'm already the enemy, so you can't get no worse than the villain."
I guess that's about as close to an apology as Kanye gets. Of course on a real apology to Beck, Kanye says "I just keep forgetting"
ON THE UPCOMING ALBUM:
West: My last album was a protest of music ... But this album is just embracing the music, embracing joy and just being a service to the people."
It's kind of Kanye to think of "the people" every now and then.
When criticized for being a notorious auto-tuner, he said "I don't like auto-tune either, but I need it." So expect more of it to come.
As far as it's release date is concerned, he's not saying, though he does say the date has been picked. He also says that the album is about "80 percent" done: "I'm trying to get it to the people as soon as possible." Yay, more good news for the people!
Yeezy and Drake may ... MAY be doing a collaboration this year. Kanye explains,
I'm just gonna say it because maybe this will promote it happening, so I'm gonna go ahead and put it out in the real world. The 'Wolves' song came from a conversation that me and Drake had where we was gonna do an album together, and the album was called Wolves ... I just put it out in the ether, in the world. If y'all don't like it, you can send it right back.
Well, since there isn't much to send back, we'll just hope for the best and that the two rappers can fit both their egos in the studio and get it done.
ON LOUIS FARRAKHAN:
Apparently Kanye sees some similarity between himself and the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam.
Right now, I'm working on a documentary with him, about him and about his music. He's a classically trained violinist, and he's also one of the most humane people. And now he got that stamp, in the same way my wife was stamped with the sex tape, the minister was stamped with [bigotry] ... As soon as you hear his name, I see people's faces change. They have a perception. There's a lot I can learn from him.
Usually when we hear from Mr. Kim Kardashian, it's on a talk show, in 5 minute segments where he gets all manic and defensive and describes himself in terms of a superhero or a god. This interview is quite different.
Kanye talks for an hour. It's personal and it's revealing. To the people who love his music, but get freaked out about his opinions and decisions in the public arena, it's a must watch.