In the February issue of Interview Magazine, rapper and self-proclaimed genius, Kanye West sits down with ’12 Years A Slave’ director, Steven McQueen for a once in a lifetime interview. The February cover is reminiscent of Kanye’s Jesus Walks video and was shot by photographer Steven Klein.
In the interview, Kanye dished about how he dealt with the sh*t show that was the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He said he used “god, sex, and alcohol” to cope “mentally, physically, spiritually”, with the fallout of him interrupting Taylor Swift on stage before she made her acceptance speech for Video of the Year. Even President Obama chimed in on the incident and called him a ‘jackass’.
Here’s a few excepts from the interview:
Kanye on his experience as a new father
“I think I have to experience it for another few years to be able to give you an opinion. It’s all brand new, how it feels to be a father. There are some things that I understand, certain things that I don’t understand, certain things that I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don’t have an answer. All I can say is that I’m happy I have it.”
Wait, it gets better.
Kanye on whether or not he ever feels lonely
“Well, I’ve got my astronaut family. You know, becoming famous is like being catapulted into space—sometimes without a space suit. We’ve seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things. But to have an anchor of other astronauts and to make a little space family … I mean, it’s not like I’m the guy in TheHungerGames  begging for people to like me. I’m almost the guy with the least amount of “likes.” I wanted a family. So god gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that’s greater.”
Say what, now?
Kanye on the best advice he’s been given thus far
“If someone ever said, “Follow exactly what you want to do, Kanye,” then I would say that that would probably have been the best piece of advice. But at this point, I don’t even need any advice. I just need backing. I need belief more than I need advice. People can give you advice … I met with Deepak Chopra, right? I was supposed to go back the next day, but I told my girlfriend that I wasn’t going to go. Because you know what gets me calm, baby? Success. And I went in and finished my Adidas deal instead. I felt so Zen-ed out by that.”
Is Kanye a misunderstood genius or just an f**king crazy person with an extraordinary talent? You decide.
To read the full interview and check out the photo spread, CLICK HERE.