Kanye West isn’t just talk; the rapper who claims that he’s a god reincarnated also has the style to prove it. Kanye graces the cover of GQ Magazine’s fall issue, and while we definitely took some notes from the magazine shoot, we’re also taking some from his feature story. Here’s what Ye said about marriage, style, and more.
Kanye and Kim Kardashian‘s extravagant wedding made huge news only a couple of months ago, but rumors as to why close friends and business partners Beyonce and Jay Z did not make it to the wedding proliferated. Despite everyone around him asking questions, Kanye didn’t seem to focus on their absence.
“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… I was so moved. That alone to me is like the same moment when I brought Mos Def to the studio with Jay Z.”
While the honeymoon might be over, Kanye says he’s finding his way in the marriage and learning that communication is key.
“Both me and Kim had to learn how to communicate as a team. These are two LeBrons, you know? Meaning she could do shit that a girlfriend in a relationship could never do. Obviously. And I could do stuff that a guy in a relationship could never do. So if you look at half my tweets back then, they were always, like, funny tweets that I wouldn’t be able to say now. It wouldn’t be respectful to my relationship. It’s interesting, as I’m delving into being married: Like, what is my verbal creative communication?”
Yeezy seems to be taking pointers from Kim these days:
“And what I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”
He might have to work on his communication skills a little more, but he mentions that he has the music career and fashion skills down. He takes credit for influencing other designers:
“Me, as Kanye West: I guarantee you, I’m more than 50 percent responsible for every men’s shoe that they sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell. And they would say, “You can’t come to the show, because you are a celebrity.” But all honesty, no ego, I have a level of influence, and I have a level of respect for the designers. And we move product on that Barneys floor.”
As for his overall happiness, there might be the constant public ridicule labeling him as arrogant and cocky, but with his new life, he has the opportunity to obtain the happiness he’s looking for.
“This is a multi-lifetime process that we have now embarked on. Meaning starting now, you’re just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people’s lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic.”
Kanye also gives a hint of what his highly anticipated album will sound like.
“But now, for the new album, one new thing could change everything. I had an idea of the way I wanted to do the album. And then I got a new song that’s so good that the album has to be balanced against it. This song is a song that can be in the club like “Don’t Like” or “Niggas in Paris.” Whereas before I was working on the album and I had these beautiful songs, they were just more songs. They weren’t saying, “Okay, tuck your whole summer in.” They were just saying, “Hey, I’m a great musician, I make these beautiful songs, and they have all this meaning, and nobody can make anything that means this much.”
For more insight into Kanye’s crazy beautiful life, check out his interview and photoshoot in the newest issue of GQ.