Kanye West Talks About His Sex Tape, His Love Of Kim Kardashian & His Narcissism: “My Ego Is My Drug!”
Jesus walks—and Yeezus talks. Kanye West, the always vocal rapper, wasn’t one to mince words during his recent interview with W Magazine titled “Kanye West: The Transformer.” In the in-depth profile, West opens up unapologetically about Kim Kardashian, the inspiration behind his latest album, Yeezus, and of course, that infamous ego.
“On one end, I try to scale it back,” he told writer Christopher Bagely about his narcissism. “Because I don’t want to close any of the doors needed to create the best product possible. But my ego is my drug. My drug is, ‘I’m better than all you other motherfuckers. Kiss my ass!’ I made ["I Am a God"] because I am a god,” he says. He laughs for a second, then stops. “I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend shit. That shit is rock ’n’ roll, man. That shit is rap music. I am a god. Now what?”
Kanye took the same lackadaisical view on the sex tape that almost leaked last year. “For the most part, I’d rather people have one of those home videos than some of the paparazzi photos that get published,” he says. “At least I recorded the shit myself. That tape couldn’t have hurt me in any way if it came out—it could only have helped. [He finally decided against releasing it, but don’t be surprised if he changes his mind]. Now, I just do exactly what I want, whenever I want, how the fuck I want. ‘Fuck you’ is my message.”
Kanye did exactly what he wanted when it came time to launch his fashion line DW, named after his late mother Donda West. “The first collection was way better than the second,” he says. “It was more artful. It was 30 collections in one. It just takes time for me to slow down and think like a normal person. [Established designers, are already] in a position to go crazy. I tried to come out of the gate going crazy. And it didn’t work. So now I have to somehow put out something that says, ‘I look sensible!’”
Still, when it comes to his often-controversial relationship with rumored fiancee Kim Kardashian, Kanye is not at all concerned with how he appears to the public while explaining his upcoming appearances on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. “Oh, that’s just all for love,” West says. “It’s simply that. At a certain point, or always, love is more important than any branding, or any set of cool people, or attempting to impress anyone. Because true love is just the way you feel.”
Read Kanye’s entire interview with W Magazine here. Are you feeling his latest album, Yeezus?