Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2013 Costume Institute Gala - PUNK: Chaos to Couture at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris
Kanye West's interview with the New York Times was published yesterday to promote his soon-to-be released album, Yeezus and the transcript is truly a masterpiece. If barely coherent statements filled with delusions of grandeur could be considered a masterpiece. The entire interview is a rich tapestry of braggadocio, unformed thoughts and stream-of-consciousness weirdness. Here, we pick the top 8 best slash worst quotes for your entertainment and, let's face it, edification.
1. On not winning Grammys. Or is it winning Grammys?
'I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.'
2.On fighting for what's right
'I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things. So when the next little girl that wants to be, you know, a musician and give up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent and bring something special to the world, and it’s time for us to roll out and say, “Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?” — that thing is more fair because I was there.'
We might be mistaken but we're pretty sure West just intimated he was once a little girl.
3.On apologising for that Taylor Swift thing
'If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.
4. On Kim Kardashian
Any woman that you’re in love with or that loves you is going to command a certain amount of, you know, energy. It’s actually easier to focus, in some ways.
On “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” there’s a really affectionate scene where you go and help Kim sort through her clothes.
That was from a place of love. It’s hard when people read things in a lot of different ways. You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it’s not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get. Because I just see like, an amazing person that I’m in love with that I want to help.'
5.When asked how he feels about parenthood -
'That is a really interesting, powerful question. One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother. As simple as that ... Well, I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.'
6.On how he truly is the second coming
'The longer your ‘gevity is, the more confidence you build. The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. But I’ve put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn’t put themselves in. Like what’s vanity about wearing a kilt?'
7. On Christmas presents
'But ultimately, this guy that was talking to me doesn’t make Christmas presents, meaning that nobody was asking for his [stuff] as a Christmas present. If you don’t make Christmas presents, meaning making something that’s so emotionally connected to people, don’t talk to me.'
8. On being Steve Jobs
'I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z ...
I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: “This is the level that things could be at.” So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.'
This is all well and good. It's just that, well, if Kanye truly thought he was the nucleus we somehow don't think he would be fathering the child of Kim Kardashian. Now, wait a second here - it's not about the reality show or the sex tape, it's just that Kardashian, poor thing that she is, often comes across as incredibly banal and, can we be real? Fairly dull. And, ok, we might as well add: craven.
And we believe West when he says that he loves her. So we see that underneath all of this posturing, there is a 36-year-old man, who, while undoubtedly creatively gifted, still does not think he deserves good things. Or, perhaps he's just not looking for a peer-to-peer relationship. But if you take a look at Laurene Powell, wife of the late Steve Jobs, it's not hard to see that she's got her own stuff going on. And by stuff we guess we're talking about accomplishments and education. Steve, for all of his flaws, wanted a peer. Jay Z - there is a man who thinks he deserves good things. But for a guy who wants to call himself Yeezus with only the merest hint of tongue in cheek, we have to say - we'll believe it when you believe it. And right now, it looks like there's a lot of smoke and ego overcompensating for a crushingly low self-esteem.