Shortly after Time Magazine’s Most Influential list (Time 100) came out yesterday, they released some video interviews of some of the artists/influential people that were profiled. As you can imagine, Kanye West’s videos are particularly notable. He’s dropping some Kanye Truth Bombs, but here’s the thing – you know how I’m sort of Kanye Apologist? Yeah, these videos show why. I think when we’re reading some crazy interview with Kanye, we imagine him ranting like a crazy person, yelling ALL CAPS to some poor journalist. When in reality, Kanye takes himself seriously (too seriously) and he’s a narcissistic monster, for sure, but he’s soft-spoken and thoughtful, even funny. Is he as profound as he thinks he is? Not really. But when you actually get to see him in an interview, the experience is a lot different.
Video #1. This one is generating the most headlines. Kanye talks about how “Every time I crash the Internet, it’s like this little drop of truth…Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting the rest of the time?” He also says he doesn’t care about his legacy. He also talks about his “mission” and claims “I think there are schoolteachers with the exact same mission as me. I think there are police officers with the exact same mission as me.” O RLY?
Video #2. Kanye talks about being the “Robin Hood of Fashion” as in, the current fashion equation is all about expense, exclusivity and luxury and he wants to bring great, dope style to the masses. He’s very grandiose here, but it’s cute.
Video #3. Kanye claims he’s not in competition with anyone. Except Kendrick Lamar?! NO! No, he’s not competing with Kendrick or Drake or anyone else. This week.
Here are some photos of Kanye and Kim leaving Paris yesterday:
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Time Magazine.