If you haven’t heard, Kanye West has new album and a baby about to drop. One is getting more attention than the other though, as his sixth studio album ‘Yeezus’ will be released on June 18. West talked to Jon Caramanica of The New York Times about what has influenced his music, and of course that infamous Taylor Swift moment.
About his Grammys: Yeah, I don’t want them to rewrite history right in front of us. At least, not on my clock. I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever. But after a while, it’s like: “Wait a second; this isn’t fair. This is a setup.” I remember when both Gnarls Barkley and Justin [Timberlake] lost for Album of the Year, and I looked at Justin, and I was like: “Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know, do you want me to fight” —
Why he doesn’t regret interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs: It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
Don’t expect any apologies from him anytime soon: If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.
On how the death of his mother Donda in 2007 influenced his work: Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.