Here are some photos of Kanye West arriving at LAX on Friday. He flew home a day after Kim Kardashian arrived in LA with North West. Kim picked him up from the airport too. Kanye looks suspiciously happy to see the paps upon his arrival, right? Usually, the paps would have gotten a million photos of a grumpy-looking Kanye trying to hide his face. I wonder what this is about? No idea. One paparazzo did ask Kanye about Pres. Obama’s recent remark that in fact he does not have Kanye’s home number and no, Obama has never called ‘Ye at home. Kanye rejects that presidential noise, y’all. Kanye told TMZ that yes, Obama has called him home. Meanwhile, before Kanye left Paris, he did a rather epic interview with Clique TV. Some highlights:
Kanye on his designs: “I know I’m going to change how difficult it is for people to get dressed…I don’t want to sell anything that I’m not extremely knowledgeable about…I just don’t rush products based off my name. The product has to be something that I can stand behind. The product has to be a contribution to society.”
Expensive mistakes: “When I was young, I was really scared to walk into luxury stores, too. It’s very non-inviting and it’s very expensive. Like, f–k if you’re not knowledgeable you can make a very expensive mistake—an extremely, like, it’s bordering on getting a prostitute pregnant or something like that. An expensive mistake like that when you buy a jacket.”
Racism: “It’s like a bouncing ball in a room of two cats or something. When you don’t feel like playing with the cat, you throw this bouncing ball and let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, other than it bounces. That’s racism.”
Classism: “It’s difficult for black people right now. It does hurt when we hear that [the n-word]. Because we’re still in a generation that remembers when racism was a big thing that held people back. And now it’s more classism, it’s more social, it’s like where your class is and where your financial standing is that can hold you back. Because obviously there are some black people that have broken the concept of race, like Obama or Jay Z. [Racism] is something that was used to hold people back in the past, but now it has been so many leaps and breaking of the rules, that it’s like played out like a style from the 1800s or something.”
Education is everything: “Education is the power. I think in schools, moving forward, beauty needs to be understood…of course we can learn about Picasso but we also need to learn about proportions. Proportions are the luxury…proportions are so important that in ancient times they would hide information of proportion and now it’s happening again. If you picture a Gucci jacket right now—just a guy’s Gucci jacket, it doesn’t have proper proportions in my opinion.”
Is he ever tired of being a celebrity? “Nope, not anymore. I’m very happy to be famous. It’s a tool that you can use to message as you want to take the power into your own hands. As far as my narrative, they can write whatever they want to write…I don’t care about what anyone in fashion has a say about what I want to do. I’m here in fashion to learn sensibility…I want to create something comparable to what Walt Disney did and then mix it with what Henry Ford did and mix it with what Howard Hughes did.”
You can see the video of the interview here. It was conducted by a Frenchman who genuinely seemed to like Kanye, which I think is one of the secrets to getting a good/interesting interview out of Kanye. If you sit down with him and try to understand the root of what he’s saying, he actually doesn’t seem as crazy as some people believe. I mean, is he an egomaniac? For sure. Does he say stupid stuff? Of course. But I do feel like he’s trying… sometimes. Probably because he’s The New Henry Ford/Walt Disney/Steve Jobs/Howard Hughes.
Photos courtesy of WENN.