Kanye’s GQ Interview Made me Sick of Him, but I still Captured 5 Things You should Know.

Say what you want, Kanye is an interesting dude.  Not the bitch-ass Kanye that was on the Kris Jenner show, but the lunatic Kanye that ran into the stop sign while being followed by paparazzi.  Even his haters love hating him.  I have always been a fan because I like rooting for the underdog.  However, Kanye is no longer the underdog and someone needs to tell him that.

He’s already won in life.  He got the money, the girl and the fame.  But if you ask him, he is James Evans (from Good Times), scratching and surviving.

As a longtime Kanye supporter, this interview had me feeling a certain kind of way.  By the end of it, I started to side with the haters.  As I read it over a few times, trying to pull out the important excerpts I had had enough.    But before I threw up Yeezus pieces, all over my keyboard I was able to pull out…..




Let’s face it, we all know Kanye because he makes good music.  Without that he would just be a chubby cheek black dude with a Kim Kardashian fetish (I might have just described myself?).

During the interview Kanye concedes the pop rap throne to Drake, but clearly let’s us know that he can get it back whenever he wants.

KANYE: Currently that spot is taken, Let’s be honest—he got last summer.
GQ: Who?
KANYE: You know. There’s only one person.
GQ: Drake?
KANYE: He got last summer. And I’d never given it up till last summer.” Now he’s thinking about taking it back. “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?”

When asked when he was dropping his new album, he hinted toward a September release date:

I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.



Ye and the wedding planner had issues during the entire time leading up to the wedding.  There were rumors that he was difficult to deal with, but I had no idea it went to this extent.  Come on’  Really?

Can I read you something? The New York Post’s Page Six has an account of your wedding that reads, in part: “Kanye returned one hour before the wedding and didn’t like the all-white bar that was in front of the Gold Toilet Tower. He took a saw and started sawing it in half himself. Two men held the bar stable as he sawed, and sawed, into the bar, defacing the entire front, screaming at everyone around him. He said it looked like a bar from Texas. Then he ordered two pieces of raw wood to be nailed onto the front of the bar. Once the wood was in place, ‘Now,’ he said, ‘it’s art.’ The Italian construction teams looked at this guy and couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”

For the person that wrote that, were they involved with anything last year that was as culturally significant as the Yeezus tour or that album? They didn’t even talk there about the photographs, or the dress, or Andrea Bocelli singing, or the marble tables. They’re like: “It’s a gold toilet.” No. The bathrooms—that usually would be a porta-potty—were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort. The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn’t approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there. So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, “Let’s just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better.” Which it did, in the end. And anyone knows that you cannot pick up tools yourself, because of—what are those rules about the workers?



He also provided insight into the toast. Although bloggers said that the 45 minute toast was about himself, he says it was about the state of being a celebrity.  He says that celebrities are being treated like blacks during the civil right movement….really?

Then they say you gave a forty-five-minute toast to yourself.

And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.

I can go on and on here…but I won’t.  For the record there is no comparison.



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Jay not attending the wedding for me moved Jay up a few notches on my respect meter.  He is a private dude and didn’t want to be a part of the Kanye circus.  He went on tour with Ye so he knows first hand what an obnoxious ass he can be, and he wanted no parts.  Kanye says he didn’t mind at all.

But if you read a lot of the tabloid coverage, the implication is: Kim and her family are bringing you down. Jay Z and Beyoncé didn’t show up at your wedding because of them. That kind of thing. 

All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years. But the fact that these other people showed up that are from such different worlds but have done such dynamic things—they’re all, in a way, equal to what Kim has done in TV or what I had done in music. I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren’t sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren’t sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren’t sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-Internet. And so Page Six can’t overshadow the main point: Carine Roitfeld was sitting next to Kim Kardashian. That alone to me is like the same moment when I brought Mos Def to the studio with Jay Z. It’s about the people, and the fact that they’re from different walks of life, and that they’re working together and not discriminating against each other. There was a class system, and now there’s a creative class system, and I think that’s what you were talking about a bit—the class system of creativity.



And for those who need a guide on what’s cool and what’s not cool; Just ask Kanye

Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool shit, because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.

Kanye is nothing but confidence personified.  Yes he is talented but there is a point where you have to shut up and deliver.  The only reason we accepted Yeezus was because of his arrogance.  We are afraid that he might be right about his greatness and we are missing out on the next big thing.  His passion and perseverance are refreshing but when you start comparing the celebrity struggle to blacks in the 60’s you have to take a step back  You have to realize how ridiculous, arrogant and offensive that statement is.

Kanye is becoming what he is against.  Shouting out designer names an buying designer stuff is nice but what about individuality.  Similar to Tiger Woods, arrogance is accepted and often celebrated but only when you are on top.  Talking a good game and not delivering just makes you an asshole.  Let’s see where Kanye will end up.