Kanye West opens up about everything including his “true love” Kim Kardashian in a revealing new interview after the rapper spent several days with a W magazine journalist.
Also documented in the scrolling W magazine interview is a rather awkward moment between Kanye West, 36, and Kim Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner – witnessed by the publication’s writer Chris Bagley.
Chris Bagley got a candid peek into Kanye West’s life with visits to his apartment in Paris, where the rapper worked on his sixth studio album Yeezus, which was released last week.
Kanye West’s clashes with the media and paparazzi alike are well documented, yet he agreed to take part in the protracted interview (despite having a degree of reluctance, Chris Bagley notes).
But with an album to promote, publicity comes calling – and Kanye West certainly knows how to get it.
One of the topics covered – his highly publicized relationship with Kim Kardashian, 32, who gave birth to their daughter North West just over a week ago.
Kim Kardashian’s outfits have attracted plenty of attention of late, with Kanye West – who also has his own fashion line – being seen as influencing her choices.
However, Kanye West told W magazine he is not masterminding Kim Kardashian’s look as much as people might think – more giving her a foundation from which to build.
“Nobody can tell my girl what to do,” he said.
“She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from.”
As is common throughout the interview, Kanye West seems to do an about turn as he continues to discuss the matter.
“For her to take that risk in front of the world, it just shows you how much she loves me. And how much she actually loves the opportunity to learn,” Kanye West explains, now apparently suggesting he is masterminding Kim
Elsewhere in the interview, which was conducted before the arrival of baby North, Kanye West gives his own take on Kim Kardashian’s famous and much talked of “curves”.
Kanye West also referred to a home recording he made with an unidentified woman in a hotel room, before he and Kim Kardashian got together.
Last year there were reports the tape was being shopped to the highest bidder – and Kanye West says he was even considering releasing it himself to avoid the threat of extortion.
“For the most part, I’d rather people have one of those home videos than some of the paparazzi photos that get published,” he explained.
“At least I recorded the s**t myself. That tape couldn’t have hurt me in any way if it came out – it could only have helped.”
While he decided against releasing it, there no saying he won’t change his mind. As he bluntly put it: “Now, I just do exactly what I want, whenever I want, how the f**k I want… “F**k you” is my message.”
Kanye West explains his “superobsession” now is “furniture”. Furniture is probably on his mind more now than ever, as he and Kim Kardashian are overhauling their 9,000sq.ft mansion which they recently bought in a gated community in Los Angeles.
While it is being renovated, though, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (and baby North) are going to be living with her mother Kris Jenner – which could make for some interesting encounters based on one somewhat awkward one which was witnessed by W magazine writer Chris Bagley.
Chris Bagley describes a scenario in which he arrived at Kanye West’s Paris apartment at 10 p.m. at night to find some of the Kardashian clan in the house, including Kim’s brother Rob and her mother Kris.
Kris Jenner is looking around the apartment for the first time, and admiring the finery, including a set of designer ceramic cups, the interviewer notes.
Then Kanye West plays her some of his unfinished songs, “including [the track] Awesome which is clearly about Kim”, Chris Bagley writes.
Kris Jenner then exclaims: “Great job.”
However, it seems Kanye West doesn’t find Kris Jenner’s simplistic critique quite lyrically pleasing enough.
As Chris Bagley observed: “He raises his eyebrows. <<Great job?>> he says and sets off on a comic riff that cracks up everyone in the room.
“Toasting with his champagne glass, he says, <<Great job, Baccarat, for making a glass that can hold liquid!>> He looks down at his waist. <<Great job, belt loops, for keeping my pants up!>>”
Kris Jenner laughs politely, shortly afterwards hugging Kanye West goodbye and tells him: “I love you. You know where to find us, at the George V. Call us tomorrow, if you want.”
However, Chris Bagley notes in an aside: “It seems apparent to everyone, including Jenner, that West will not call.”
OUTTAKES: KANYE WEST SOUNDBITES FROM W MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
On appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “Oh, that’s just all for love. 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.”
On his track I am God (which he collaborated on with Daft Punk): “I made that song because I am a god. I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend s**t. That s**t is rock ’n’ roll, man. That s**t is rap music. I am a god. Now what?”
On how seriously to take him: “You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely f***ing with you, and the world, the entire time.”
On being rich: “I’m not a billionaire; I’m just a millionaire. But I’m the youngest guy I know who has this much interest in design and the ability to actually get some of it. So that makes me an important cog in the wheel.”