Is Kanye West okay? The “mutant” rapper gave a very weird interview following his world tour cancellation.
Kanye West is reportedly out of control. The “Famous” rapper has just canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo tour and went off in a recent interview about emojis, X-Men, Rain Man, and other wacky tangents.
Kanye West sat down with Spencer Bailey for Surface magazine and began with warning him that he didn’t believe he was even capable of giving a coherent interview.
“I’m really bad with answering questions. Usually, I don’t even answer them.”
“I try to find inspiration inside of the question. I think, and I jump from one beam of inspiration or energy to the next, as opposed to explaining the energy.”
“In general, the hard part about interviews, for me, is the idea of two plus two equals four. I always refuse to land at four. Landing at four is hella basic.”
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Kanye West just canceled his “Saint Pablo Tour” after going off on several angry rants. He told the magazine that he can envision a time when he won’t talk again.
“I don’t think people are going to talk in the future. They’re going to communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, signs.”
“…It’s funny because I’ve made a living off of words, but words get in the way of what you really want to say. Yeah, sign language, eye contact. Or thank God for emojis. So often one emoji goes a long way and lets me get on with my whole day.”
The father of two went on to categorize himself as a “genius.”
“I don’t want to be a jerk, but there are certain people who are geniuses.”
“Their emotional and social IQ is super high and they can get stuff done. Often, people who get really amazing stuff done have to cut off their emotional IQ.”
Kanye West got annoyed at the interviewer when he said that he thought West viewed himself as an artist.
“I didn’t mention that I view myself that way. I just am. I never worded it like that. That’s really offensive. Why did you say I view myself like that? Do you not view me as an artist?”
Bailey quickly responded, “I totally view you as an artist” and the rapper seemed to calm down.
Kanye West continued on to say that he and his wife Kim Kardashian face discrimination.
“[Decorators] have tried to diss my wife and me and position us in a lower-class way — not class as far as the idea of finance, but class as … cultural class!”
The rapper also snapped at critics of his fashion show in New York this past summer. Kanye West’s fashion show was widely criticized for starting late and forcing models to stand in unbearable heat, even causing some of them to faint.
“I care about people’s time; it wasn’t on purpose.”
“The fact that they can outright Lebron-James-went-to-the-Heat-level burn my jersey after all I’d contributed to art, fashion, and culture just in 2016 alone …”
Surprisingly, Kanye West even brought up his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose’s baby daddy, Wix Khalifa.
“For some reason, I just wanna say ‘Wiz [Khalifa] wears cool pants’ right now. He really does. He dresses really good.”
The husband of Kim Kardashian claims that he can see sound, which has helped him with his music immensely
“I have synesthesia—I see sound. And I actually have paintings and drawings from high school where I was trying to show what the sounds in front of me looked like. I think it’s my mutant handicap. All X-Men have a little handicap that helps them become X-Men.”
“I didn’t know the term synesthesia until I was working on Cruel Summer. Halfway into writing that, I really understood that my entire life I had been trying to describe this condition of mine: through painting, through this seven-screen Surround Vision film we shot in Qatar, through all these things.”
Kanye West is known for saying some pretty outlandish things, but the rapper went as far as to compare himself to the Dustin Hoffman character in Rain Man as he pondered the success of his Surface interview before it even ended.
“Maybe this will be an eloquent interview. It’s a 50/50 chance every time I open my mouth.”
“At the end of the day, words get in the way. Regardless, whether you understand this or that, you know it’s Rain Man sitting here.”
Kanye topped off the interview by making sure he let everyone know how cool they were not.
“More people need to know that they’re not f**king cool. In today’s world, having money has allowed people who are extremely uncool to think that they’re cool and carry it like that.”
West admitted to his ramblings but was not apologetic. Instead, he compared them to an artistic painting.
“This is turning into a 12-minute freestyle. Which is good. When I talk it’s like a painting.”
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