Kanye West, Steve Stoute, and Ben Horowitz spoke at the Cannes Lions Festival this morning. According to the reports, Ye was very engaged in the discussion, talking about the idea of brands and the current state of the Internet. He also spoke about his love of the movie Her, and shared his thoughts on the recent Beats/Apple deal.
On Steve Jobs and Apple, Ye had this to say:
“Steve Jobs, as everyone knows, was my biggest influence. Just seeing the way he fought to make things easier for people. After he passed, I made it my life’s mission to do what he did inside of that company,” West said. “I dream to help raise the palette and raise the taste level of a generation and also be involved with the production and distribution and advertising of that thing everyone’s begging for.”
Here are Kanye's comments in full on the Internet and the Beats/Apple deal.
“The world as a whole is fucking ugly. The Internet as a whole is fucking ugly, too. But I’m not in the construction business,” he said. “I said to Kevin [Systrom], why don’t you let us redo Instagram? Now, you know, Instagram is nice. It’s nice looking. I’m not knocking it. But just in general, everyone spends all of their time looking at their screens or their phones. And just as a simple task, we could clean that up."
“There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the No. 1 company the importance of connecting with culture,” said West. “The reason I said I didn’t like Samsung particularly is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the No. 1. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z, because he’s No. 1. I can’t be with any girl but Kim, because that’s the girl whose pictures I look at the most and get turned on by. I’m not going to represent any company but Louis Vuitton, because that’s No. 1. … Samsung is not quite Apple, but it showed that Jimmy [Iovine] and Dre would be able to connect with the No. 1 influencers.”
More pictures and quotes of Ye at the event can be seen below. We will update with video from the event when it's made available.
UPDATE: Video of Kanye speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival has been added above.
Prob best quote from #CannesLions thusfar: Kanye West: “a creative has to believe more in an idea than their personal well being."— Shaun Rudy (@ShaunRudy) June 17, 2014
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