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8 things we learned about Kanye West from his Zane Lowe interview

Zane Lowe interviews Kanye West
Zane Lowe interviews Kanye West
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Any interview with Kanye West is going to throw up a few clangers, right? However, his latest face-to-face with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, was less rambling and angry than usual, and much more sane and revealing than you might expect. Here are eight things we learned about the rapper from the chat...

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He has a heart

Speaking about the late Louise Wilson, a fashion design professor at Central Saint Martins in London, who passed away last year, Kanye broke down.

He had been talking about their final meeting and how she offered advice on how he could help North reach her full potential when he was reduced to tears.

“I didn’t know we were gonna lose her,” he said.  “She told me, she said, ‘Thank you for the times you came to performances.  This has really meant a lot to me.”

When he cried, he said, “That’s never happened to me in an interview before”.

 

He’s not afraid to apologise...

On his Adidas collaboration with Lowe, he said, "I want to apologize to everyone right now because I believe Season one might still be in that upper price point.

“And there's still the word exclusivity being thrown around. Exclusivity is the new n-word. Nothing should be exclusive. Everyone should have the opportunity to drink from the same fountain."

 

Or admit when he’s wrong...

"I know I tweeted 'black lives matter'.  But all lives matter," he said.

And speaking about stage storming Beck at the Grammys and telling him the award belonged to Beyonce, he said, "Yeah, I misconstrued that, and I think everybody has a right to an opinion," he noted. "Everybody has a right to be wrong."

 

...although he’s a man who stands by his convictions

He believes the Grammys usually get it wrong; “Let’s be level for a second.  The Grammys sell commercial time.  It’s a ridiculous proposition what they try to get away with every year. 

“Every now and then an Arcade Fire or a Daft Punk wins, but every broken clock is right twice a day.  It’s our Super Bowl.  And I hadn’t been in six years.  The Grammys are just like an ex-girlfriend.  As soon as you get in the car with them, you’re gonna drive right back home.”

 

He has a sense of humour

Fertility problems aren’t usually something men are quick to joke about, but Kanye has a sense of humour about his and Kim’s difficulties conceiving second time around.

"Oh, I'm practicing really hard. I try as many times a day I can.  Nori, this one is for you. You need a sibling."

 

But he takes his work very, very, very seriously

"When you go to work, it's a challenge.  You've got to work hard. You've got to completely, tirelessly remind people of your vision no matter what. That's the way I'm gonna word it."

 

He knows he’s not actually the Music Oracle

Speaking about working with Paul McCartney, he said, "I liked songs like that when I was growing up. The type of chord changes Paul does, I don't even understand them...Meeting Paul McCartney is like meeting Ralph Lauren. The greatest of all time, period.”

 

But he does see himself as a Disney-esque Prophet

Rap, he believes, is a powerful tool: “We can deliver the moments that will flash in front of people’s eyes right before they die.  The soundtracks of their lives... Buildings bend in front of us. I’ve seen it.

“If you have that Walt Disney ability in some way, you have to apply it.  You can’t be psyched out.  Everyone’s on my side.  I was in my own way, but everyone’s on our side, and everything that I’ve said that will happen, will happen.”

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