Another day, another interesting Kanye West interview.
This past weekend, ahead of his "Yeezus" tour stop in Philly, Kanye stopped by Phillys' Hot 107.9 Morning Show for a casual kickback with hosts Shamara and Laiya. While there, he chopped it up about everything from his reasoning for wearing a mask throughout his entire stage show, to what he thinks of mental slavery.
He also revealed his reaction to Rev. Al Sharpton launching a boycott over Kanye's tour merchandise, and he dissed the president while claiming that Obama is using pop icons to be down.
Here are 6 Things we learned about Kanye during the interview:
1.) His mask makes him feel as though he can do anything
Kanye says: When I put that mask on, I just feel like I can do anything and that's the freedom I want creatively. That's why Halloween went from one day and now it's like a week. It's the opportunity to be free. Our exterior that people see us in or the perception or the title that you have is kinda like a new mask and it's not really who you are. Sometimes you just have ideas and people who are too afraid to say it out loud because you don't want people to look at you crazy or get uninvited somewhere.
2.) He believes he is a "New Slave"
Kanye says: My mom nicknamed me 'Mandela' when I was younger and I felt like Mandela in wanting to create. It's like when I say 'new slaves.' We kind of been on this plantation of mental slavery. What [does it] mean when I wore a Pele jacket back in the day, or a throwback jersey to an All-Star game down in Atlanta, or what it meant to have particularly a Rolex and what it meant to have particularly a Benz. I became a slave to all those brands and I'm trying to say that I was addicted to that drug and still am to a certain extent. That's why if you go back to College Dropout, in order to raise my status, I put myself next to all these other brands titles like "The Louis Vuitton Don" because Louis Vuitton represented something like that. I'm just a kid from Chicago.
3.) He gets the habit of snatching mics from his father who was a Black Panther
Kanye says: My dad was always running up on stage and grabbing mics. My dad was definitely the dad [who said], 'You understand when you play pool why the white ball hits the 8 ball,' but really he is a Psych major who is a Christian marriage counselor and went to college for that. He met my mom at Clark Atlanta and he was teaching Medical Illustration at the time and my mother was an English major and also majoring in theater and she had these two things...she was either going to get this role in a play or a job as an English professor and she got the job as the English professor.
I'm the shyest person in my family. I'm actually extremely shy. I just use the truth as a way to communicate. I just separate myself from the world at times and speak through a stream of consciousness. When I speak I'm not so worried about myself. I'm not worried about if people like me when I'm done speaking. I'm more concerned about whether they like themselves. 'Cause I like me. So I don't need many more people. I can like me enough for me.
4.) He looks up to Tyler The Creator
Kanye says: You remember when I said I wanted to go to this fashion school [Saint Martins College]? Well he went to film school and when I work on videos, I'm just practicing. That's part of the reason why I shoot three videos for stuff because I was making mistakes. Now if I went to school and knew what I was doing I would have just shot one video. When [Tyler] has an idea he knows exactly what's in his head, and he can say it clearly and concisely. [...]I like how that man can get his point across and how he has that skill set. He knows what he wants to do and that's the reason why the universe responds to him like that. He just threw a carnival in L.A. where 10,000 people came. I was explaining that to my girl and she was like, 'How is that possible if he's not on the radio?'
5.) He thinks Al Sharpton is trying to screw up his money by calling a boycott on his tour merchandise
Kanye says: I called Al Sharpton. I called Russell [Simmons], [and asked him] to call Al Sharpton and said, 'Tell Al Sharpton to call me before he go out talking to people.' You don't never know what I'm trying to do. [It went down] the day I was about to sign my [clothing] deal finally. Black people stopping other black people from getting checks talking about 'Man, that was racist!' What black people don't know is racism is something that white people don't even have to do anymore because we hate each other more than white people hate us. It's like a real estate on racism, it works on itself. People got bills, don't nobody care about the Confederate flag on that type of level. That flag don't mean nothing.
It's not even a question of racism, because racism, all of these are conditions that people are in but it all could be free. You can free yourself with that. It's not a conversation of racism and symbols but more of being free as an artist. As a artist I can use whatever I want to use to create with. Under my religion of Christianity, I can use whatever imagery I want to create with. I like symmetry. From a design perspective the Confederate flag is colder than the current American flag.
6.) He thinks President Obama uses pop icons to be down
[When asked if he'd break bread with the president,] Kanye says: Oh, you talking about how he used to come and visit me and my mama and tell me he's about to run for president? I just think that we're pop icons and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down. People were fine with me being everyone's punching bag for about five years. This is the person we love to hate so if you want to distract people from everything that's going on or you gotta a problem just say that you hate Kanye and there's gonna be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye and that was kinda my position in culture and he kinda used that too. 'Oh, he's a jackass,' 'cause that's how the world felt but I don't care if someone is the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you are helping people and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people. Me? It's not about me.
I think he should mention my babymama's name because we both from Chicago.[...]But no, I'm not gonna mention him no more. I'm past that. That's out my thoughts. That's lowering my priority of thinking at this point. *laughs*
Via Hot 107.9