Kim and I Are Like "Two LeBrons": The Most Ridiculous Quotes From Kanye West's GQ Interview
In the Q&A, which was conducted 10 days after his wedding, Mr. Kim Kardashian spouts non sequiturs about everything from his wife and daughter North to his forthcoming new record. (He hopes to release a new track later in September or October.) West also likens himself to a blowfish and weighs whether or not he wants to take back the “most popular man in rap” spot from Drake.
Below, check out a roundup of Kanye’s most ridiculous quotes. And, if you’re so inclined, read the full interview here.
On his reactions to paparazzi: “I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. … I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”
On a Page Six account of West sawing a bar in half ahead of his wedding because he was unsatisfied with the way it looked: “For the person that wrote that, were they involved with anything last year that was as culturally significant as the Yeezus tour or that album? … The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn’t approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there.”
On why he got married: “Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.”
On how their wedding picture became the most liked photo on Instagram: “Don’t say you don’t know! It’s because of Kim. Meaning there’s no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes. So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it. That’s the point. Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity. The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.”
Are celebrity rights the new civil rights? “Celebrities [are] being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. … [Kim and I] are going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. [North] didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.”
On toning down his Twitter rhetoric: “Both me and Kim had to learn how to communicate as a team. These are two LeBrons, you know? Meaning she could do sh– that a girlfriend in a relationship could never do. Obviously. And I could do stuff that a guy in a relationship could never do. So if you look at half my tweets back then, they were always, like, funny tweets that I wouldn’t be able to say now. It wouldn’t be respectful to my relationship. It’s interesting, as I’m delving into being married: Like, what is my verbal creative communication? That’s another thing I really like about clothing and film — you could still communicate with a film, because it’s not you. But when you’re a reality star or a rapper, you are the film.”
On marriage lessons: “What I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”
On his legacy: “Starting now, you’re just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people’s lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic.”
On whether he’s happy: “What makes me happy is land, and we’re on a boat now. This is Christopher Columbus. This is uncharted waters we’re on. We’d be super happy to be on land, and also a little bit like, ‘Ah, the journey’s over!’ But I feel like, we got the Vogue cover, [12 Years a Slave director] Steve McQueen won the Oscar, we finally got married… You know? We have a child. We’re a family now. I am an arbiter of taste, and people think that I have the ability to make things cool — or if I’m doing it, it should be cool. And I feel that this stuff’s starting to be cool. And that feels good to me. Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool sh–, because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and sh–, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That sh– is super cool.”
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