You see there’s leaders and there’s Kanye West – a man who thinks that everything he does is pure awesome. He’s a frequent tabloid target, married to the more frequent tabloid target (Kim Kardashian) with a new album, Adidas product and clothing line on the horizon. For now, he’s a husband, a dad and a creative whose explanation of “celebrity” makes you feel like the Illuminati is real.
For GQ, Mr. West kept his style neutral but his words impassioned, contemplating “taking back the summer” from Drake, how everyone needs “Kim Kardashian skills” to win at life and how being a family man is “super cool”. All of it made us even more excited for what the Mad Rapper has in store.
You got married a week ago. You’re the lead subject in practically every tabloid on the planet right now. Are you comfortable in that position, having that many eyes on you?
Kanye West: That wasn’t my goal. My goal is just to be respected as a man when I walk down the street with my family. I don’t care what your job is, you’re not gonna talk down to me, you’re not gonna try to get a rise out of me. I’m a man first. And in establishing that, some interesting things have happened. [laughs]
Like that TMZ video from last year, where you’re walking with your pregnant fiancée with your head down to avoid the paparazzi, to the point where you walked into a sign and hit your head. Then TMZ made fun of you for walking into the sign. How do you live like that?
It’s difficult. And then put on top of that the idea of going and taking meetings with people, and people say, “We don’t want to work with you, because we saw you get mad about running into the sign.”
Does that kind of mockery feel like an effort to de-fang you?
But also, there’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up?
Yeah. I’m a blowfish. 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.
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