By FAR, the best Kanye interview yet. I will follow this man to the end of the earth. ***Please read what I’m sayin’ here and trust my opinion yall.***
First off, watch the entire 42:19 of this video. DO NOT watch these hype videos that say Kanye got his ass handed to him or whatever. Here’s the deal: Charlamagne made some GREAT points and was real as fuck on Ye, without flinching. And sometimes Kanye didn’t have a good response. But most of the time, he did. The highlight videos are only designed for Ye haters who want something to talk about at the water cooler.
This interview blows away the Zane Lowe one (which I loved), because Zane Lowe, though right there with his hip hop knowledge, couldn’t keep Kanye in check. When he tried devil’s advocate, he backed down when Kanye got firey. The Jimmy Kimmel interview was fluff— Kimmel would’ve let Kanye punch him in the dick if it got good ratings. And obviously Kimmel is not a real music or Kanye fan— he made that interview happen because he wanted to clear the air, and that’s understandable. But Kanye wasn’t kept in check there, either, and his realest points were met with a live studio audience laugh track.
As mentioned previously, this interview lets Kanye speak his mind, but with multiple, unflinchable hosts keeping him in check. And because that environment of respect is created, Kanye lets his guard down and gives the most coherent interview I’ve seen yet from him. On multiple occasions he admits his missteps and misdirections. He also makes some things clear:
-He is not in charge of the prices on the outrageously priced shirts and jeans he dropped earlier in the year, nor is he in charge of the price of the Nike Yeezys. He wants a Shark Tank-esque backing FROM Nike, and basically wants the keys to the company because his visions are 10 years ahead of right now, and he sees the opportunity for new business ventures, a-la Steve Jobs. How you gonna hate the one person in the world who believes he can advance the world to that level? Even if he doesn’t, he’s going for it. I predict Nike will turn into a world-changing company, beyond just clothes and sneakers, if they believe in Kanye. He makes the excellent point that he hasn’t failed us in the past. Just be patient.
-The Bound 2 video was a satire. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW. Kanye made a purposely tacky video as a commentary on the shit that pop culture is giving us in 2013. He says it right in the interview. And think about it— the Bound 2 video is like his Taylor Swift interruption coming full circle. In 2009, they gave the best female music video award to fucking You Belong To Me. Maybe that should’ve won at the Disney awards, but if we’re considering the making of music videos as a legitimate art form— and I do— and the only awards for these are the MTV VMAs, then for that to win over Single Ladies— an artistic masterpiece for photography and dance— is utter bullshit. So Kanye makes the Bound 2 video, tongue-in-cheek. It’s Ye saying “here’s the shit everyone else is putting out, amped up to ridiculous levels.” And he acknowledges that the video failed in getting the satirical point across. Always trust him; he’s incapable of releasing something bad.
-The last few minutes of the video are extremely important for the most important thing with Kanye (for now): the music. He discusses Yeezus and how the POINT was to decommercialize his sound after he cut in a more generic direction on Clique. He says the album was supposed to be a raw listening session. And then, AND THEN!, he drops some real shit on those who question his music credibility— he fucking references Bruce Springsteen, calling Yeezus his Nebraska. His next album will be his Born in the USA. You have to put your eggs in Kanye’s basket.
And he’s down to earth and funny, he shows self control, he acknowledges the quest to be a better person, a-la Jay Z. He talks about iconography and semiotics and family. It’s great stuff.
Now I’ll save this last bit for its own in depth (and heavily researched/annotated) essay, but the parallels between Kanye West and John Lennon are remarkable. The interest in things outside of music, avant-garde tastes, controversial/hated/talentless-yet-undeniably-inspiring-to-our-hero wife, grass-roots messaging, optimism, huge dreamers. I don’t know— I have a vast source of Lennon interviews, which I can cross-reference with Kanye ones. I’ll have to do it at some point.
So thanks for reading this. I felt very inspired and I had to get it all out in writing. Watch the video.
^From my facebook earlier today. Seemed like it should also be a tumblr post. The picture, of course, is from the College Dropout era Ye. It doesn’t really go with the text post, per-se; I just liked the photography, but it does showsa man whose career hasn’t even scratched the surface yet. So many wild things still yet to come. Any artist with distinct eras and movements is a great artist. Kanye is one of those.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for not unfollowing me in this high inactivity phase of this tumblr, unseen since 2010. I’m still here, I’ve just been trying not to drown as I catch up on months of material I didn’t see when it was initially posted (hence all these likes from me on posts from so long ago), but I’m stocking up, life is great, and I have all kinds of new posts and things to say here. Can’t wait to bring it back. Of course, don’t forget about my other tumblr, Beatles Dreamscapes. Happy Thanksgiving, and hopefully I see y’all again in real time come December. -Aaron
(Source: giancanon, via weheartkanye)