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Kanye West Discusses New Album, Fatherhood For The New York Times

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.

On being in love, but not appearing on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’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.
About becoming a dad: I don’t want to explain too much into what my thoughts on, you know, fatherhood are, because I’ve not fully developed those thoughts yet. I don’t have a kid yet. 
He goes on to say, Well, I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.
If you didn’t get Kanye before, I think you will now. Maybe. You can read the whole interview on NYTimes.com.