You’re known as a fashion-forward artist, obviously. But is this going to be the outfit on every single stop of the tour?
Yeah, except for Rock the Bells.
It’s time to take them to the moon again.
OK. Then the Saint-Laurents come out, right?
Yeah, the Saint-Laurents. We really planned ahead as far as how many suits we needed. And we got four suits made—full suits, boots, everything.
That’s crazy. I thought it was only one.
Oh no, we got multiples. We did this shit right. I paid for it out of my own pocket, too.
Was the price absolutely absurd?
I mean, let’s put it this way: I think I could have got myself another Mercedes SLS.
[Laughs]. I’ll take the space suit.
How long does it take to get in the suit?
It usually takes about 15 minutes. It takes three people to help me get in and three people to help me get out.
I like that the suit represents more of a mind-state for you. It’s not a costume, it’s gearing up for The Man on the Moon III and getting ready for 2015.
Yeah, exactly. It’s like when Kal-El found his Superman suit and put that bitch on, and he said he could be a hero. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to put on that suit, go out there, give these kids a show, talk to them, and be their guide. It takes a level of maturity.
It took me a while to finally get to this point. I’m totally comfortable with who I am, the discography I’ve created, the stories I’ve told, and the fanbase that I have. As I look at shit in retrospect, I’m really blessed. I’m still here doing my thing, and I can draw crowds and sell out concerts. I’d like to see a lot of these guys that are hot now doing this shit five years from now. It’s not easy.
It's safe to say you're in a good headspace on this tour?
Nothing’s promised, and I just feel really fucking happy and lucky that I have a strong fan base that believes in me and everything that I want to do creatively. To be able to create without boundaries, whether it’s the music, creating my crazy-looking stage, or wearing a spacesuit, it’s awesome that I have so many people who are onboard with whatever I want to be. So, it’s dope, man.
I have to ask about the music for Man On The Moon III. You said you haven't recorded anything yet, but is there anything fans can expect?
It definitely represents the full cycle of the trilogy—becoming a man. When people hear Man on the Moon III, they’ll see. There’s a crazy twist to the whole tale. There are things that we were missing, that I was missing, and that the kids were missing this whole time. A lot of things will be revealed in Man on the Moon III, a lot of like, "Ahhh, OK. Man, we had it wrong. We went about it the wrong way." It’s gonna be a dope conclusion, and I’m really excited about it.
I was more nervous with Man on the Moon II because I feel like there will be no Man on the Moon III if Man on the Moon II wasn’t what it was. And yeah, I’m really excited, man. The albums in between were great segues. It’s time to take them to the moon again.
Have you sat down with Plain Pat and Emile?
I hung out with Pat. He came to LA, and we talked and shit. I played him some beats. We vibed out. We definitely started talking about how to approach Man on the Moon III. Emile, I haven’t spoken with. I’m pretty sure he’s busy, handling his business. He’s constantly creating. Man on the Moon III is way off. We got time. So when Emile is ready, and when Pat has time, we’re definitely gonna get in there and create this fucking classic.
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