In an in-depth sit-down with Surface Magazine, Kanye West gives a very Kanye West interview. Talking with Editor-in-Chief Spencer Bailey, the two discuss art, inspiration, and how West wants the world to be a happier place.
Although he’s made a career off words, for West, he admits to having difficulty speaking his mind properly. For him, the future is all about communicating without words. “Yeah, sign language, eye contact. Or thank God for emojis. So often one emoji goes a long way and lets me get on with my whole day.”
The interview takes a sudden turn when West isn’t too fond with the wording of a question. Bailey mentions that West said that he views himself as an artist, and West isn’t having it. “I didn’t mention that I view myself that way. I just am. I never worded it like that. That’s really offensive. Why did you say I view myself like that? Do you not view me as an artist?” He immediately apologizes right after, blaming the outburst on not wanting to have a “George Costanza moment” and apologized if he had made him feel uncomfortable. “Sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable by saying what you said was offensive. But it was.”
How does the “All Day” rapper manage all his creative interests, like music, art, fashion, and design? It’s all in one. “It’s in your hands, like being a piano player, the keys of life just playing a chord.” He reveals about doing it all. “People say, ‘If you’ve got this, this, and this, why are you so mad about that?’ Well, I’m trying to play a chord with two hands, and then eventually a symphony.”
West also talks about the internet and credits it allowing people who wouldn’t regularly have the opportunity to succeed to gain power, as they are the people who will make the change for the future. “It’s not can; it’s will. You have to will things into fruition. I think that, in our time, our civilization.”
In a moment of self-awareness, West acknowledges that an interview with him can go either way. “Maybe this will be an eloquent interview. It’s a 50/50 chance every time I open my mouth. At the end of the day, words get in the way,” he says.
West wants the world to be a happier place, and for him, merging art and culture will do that. “I think so. I will be a part of this because I don’t want to miss out. I don’t wanna be dead when the world starts getting good.”