When Kanye gets on the mic for an interview, the world should expect enough quotables and absurd metaphors to hold them over for at least a week on social media. ‘Ye’s first of a two-part interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe was no exception, as the rapper spoke passionately (because, these aren’t rants, people) about everything from Michael Jackson’s skin color to Zara and Celine.
Back in June when Kanye was on his press rounds to promote Yeezus, the rapper chatted with W Magazine, and spoke on the inspiration for his track “I Am A God:”
Last fall, a few days before Paris Fashion Week, West was informed that he’d be invited to a widely anticipated runway show only on the condition that he agree not to attend any other shows. “So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ ” West says. “Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.”
In his BBC interview, he brought that rock star reference around again, but this time, actually revealed the whole story.
While on air, Kanye told Lowe he wrote the track in Paris after Hedi Slimane told West he could only attend his first show at Saint Laurent if he didn’t go to any others. Kanye didn’t go to Hedi’s show…and in a weird twist, also accused the designer of plagiarizing his “take on the world:”
“Me and Virgil [Abloh] are in Rome, giving designs to Fendi, over and over, and getting our designs knocked down … [We] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said ‘no.’ How many motherfuckers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?”
“When I see Hedi Slimane, and it’s all like, okay, this is my take on the world. Yeah, he’s got some nice $5,000 jeans in there. It’s some nice ones here and there, some good shit here and there. But we culture. Rap the new rock and roll. We culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We the rock stars. [Zane Lowe: “It’s been like that now for a minute.”] It’s been like that now for a minute, Hedi Slimane! It’s been like that now for a minute. We the rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them.”
Ladies and gents, Kanye is back up out of his coma.