Okay so you’re an artist and a writer. But you’re also a Def Jam exec. Who are some of the artists you’re working with in that aspect?
Pusha T and Casha.
What are you doing with Pusha?
You’re personally producing for it?
Yeah. We found a little magic. We did, like eight, nine records together. It sounds really, really great. I’ve always loved him and loved the Clipse. Always been a big fan, so when the opportunity came, we did this one record called “Automatic” and it just took off from that.
What can we expect on that album? Is it nearing completion?
Yeah, Kanye will listen to it in the upcoming days and we’re going to try to decide what we need and what’s missing, which is probably like two or three records—which we probably already have. It’s at the end of that.
The Clipse is known for coke rap. Will this be a well-rounded album with other kinds of stories?
Kanye will listen to Pusha T's album in the upcoming days and we’re going to try to decide what we need and what’s missing, which is probably like two or three records—which we probably already have.
Yeah, we’ll still talk about a little coke, though. We’re going to chop up a few grams. [Laughs.] But yeah it should be a great album.
Do you still work with people outside of Def Jam?
It depends on who they are and what their numbers are. Some people you just don’t turn down, for political reasons and... there’s just some people that I fuck with.
So you’ll still be a part of, say, Beyoncé’s album?
Yeah, ready when she is.
You don’t tour much. A lot of fans are looking forward to your Kill the Lights tour, though.
Yeah, if it comes between artist and writer I usually take the writer route. This year I’m going to do a lot of stuff that bends toward touring and stuff—not because there’s nothing to write but because those people care about my personal music and I owe it to them to go out and support. So yeah, SOB’s on March 11 and 12 should be pretty big.
I’m sure we you have some tricks and surprise guests up your sleeve.
Somebody might come out. [Laughs.]