10 Takeaways From Kanye West’s Interviews With Big Boy And Zane Lowe

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Aside from his music and fashion, Kanye West and his words always spark debate and instead of answering questions, people are left with more questions. Image by Autumn Keiko

One thing is for sure about Kanye West, aside from his music and fashion, his words are always going to spark debate and instead of answering questions about just who he is and what he believes, most often people are left with more questions.a

Recently West conducted interviews with Big Boy and TK on his run to promote his long-awaited new album, “Jesus Is King.”

Here are 10 takeaways from those interviews.

Canceled Before Cancel Culture

When West was asked if he feared he would lose his audience in the light of his “God talk” and his Trump support, he replied: “I told you I’m only afraid of God. “I’m only afraid of my daddy, God. I done been 15 years. I’m telling you that God is showing you that you can have your own thoughts, bro. I been canceled before there was cancel culture.”

Devil Made Him Do It

West has gone through a wide range of subjects in his music topics, and he understands the contradictions. 

“It got to the point where literally I went from ‘Jesus Walks’ to ‘You’re such a fuckin’ ho, I love it,'” he told Big Boy of his Lil Pump collab, as Complex reported. “I bet you the devil was happy on that day. And where that record went? Straight to what? Number one quick. This is exactly what we want. This fits right in with whatever else we got. This fits right in with everything we got to deal with opioids. This fits right in with everything we got that promotes killings so that we can have more slaves in the…mass incarceration never-ended slave system.”

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

It seems West doesn’t believe in performing his old hits

“They made movies about Steve Jobs so y’all could understand who I am,” he told Big Boy. “Now, when you go to the Apple store, I don’t be seeing no iPod 4…Take you to eBay and get you the old Kanye and get you a vintage iPod 4 while you’re at it, a Sega 8-bit.”

His Vote

The talk turned to politics, “Last year, y’all tried to tell me who I’m supposed to vote for because I’m Black,” he said to Big Boy. “Now, this year, white liberals are trying to tell me who I’m supposed to vote for because I’m Christian.” He then compared this to the idea of driving a convertible simply because he lives in Calabasas, followed up by a reference to Family Guy spoofs about Christianity.

Trump

You know Big Boy had to question Kanye about his support of Trump. And that happened around 21 minutes into the interview.  “I’d rather deal with somebody who call me the n-word to my face than a person that signed me for a lifetime deal on a 255-page contract,” West said in response. “I’d rather know what I’m dealing with.”

Secular Be Gone

In his interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Yeezy declared he would no longer be doing secular music in light of his “newfound commitment to Christianity.”

Porn Addiction

West revealed he became addicted to porn as a young boy. “My dad had a Playboy magazine laid out when I was five,” he told Lowe. “Playboy was a gateway to a full on pornography addiction. […] It has impacted every choice I have made in my life from age five to now.” According to West, he has kicked his addiction.

That Night With Swift

Besides porn, West told Lowe he got addicted to sex and the rock-star life, and that it all began to collide after the death of his mother. And then came his infamous 2009 VMAs appearance, “in which he walked on the red carpet with a bottle of Hennessy in his hand and later interrupted Taylor Swift. He said that formative moment in his life came through big time in his attitude that night,” Complex reported.

“That was such a script out of a rock star’s life,” West said to Lowe. “You know that Playboy that I found when I was 5 years old was written all over the moment when I was at the MTV awards with the Timberlands, the Balmain jeans…before people was rocking Balmain jeans, and the Hennessy bottle. My mom had passed a year before. And I said some people drown themselves in drugs, and I drown myself in my addiction: sex.”

Recording Rules

When West was in production for “Jesus Is King” he had one rule for his crew — no premartial sex while working on the project. 

“I was asking people to…this is gonna be radical what I’m about to say,” he started. “There were times where I was asking people to not have premarital sex while they were working. […] I know that’s one where The Shade Room gonna be like, ‘what you meaaaan don’t have premarital sex? you better turn that Meg The Stallion on right now.’ But seriously there’s times where I went to people that were working on other projects and said ‘could you just work and focus on this?'” 

Jay Z

Of course, the conversation had to turn to the often-troubled relationship with Jay Z. “With Jay, I love all these people, but you gotta know there’s lineage from Jay to ‘Ye to Drake. This person your idol, get to know him, become friends, turn to frenemies, turn to enemies,” he said. “Gotta bring back positive energy. But that’s the lineage of rap kings and inspirers. Jay was my biggest inspiration.”

Ann Brown
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