Date: November 18, 2013
On having his creative freedom taken away:
"I felt like the main character [of Twelve Years a Slave]. And what I'm dealing with even as a mega-popular rich celebrity, you know, 'Fuck you, who do you think you are to complain about anything?' situation that I'm in. In the past when I've dealt with attempting to create in other fields, or attempting to create in clothing. I've kind of been on this campaign that started with, ironically, my song, 'New Slaves.' Where I was sitting in Paris and dealing with all of these companies that I had promoted, and I saw my friends promote it. And the reason, literally, why they would sell on Barneys' floors is because me and Jay Z and everyone wore it. It'd be something that maybe I kind of discovered four years before then me and Don C started putting it on-trend.
"Then you start doing more research and say, 'Hey, I want to be a part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that also.' They stop you right there and say, 'You can't be a part of that conversation,' or they'll give you a one-off. At Louis Vuitton I did one shoe. At Nike I did two shoes but they spread them apart over four years and they had the most impact possible. I kind of saw that side of what it was, as a creative, to be free, the parallel to the main character in Twelve Years a Slave. When it was taken away from me, it felt like what it felt like as a creative to be enslaved."
On Zappos' "shit" products:
"I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos, that he's trying to tell me what I needed to focus on," the rapper said. "Meanwhile he sells all this shit product to everybody, and his whole thing is based off of selling shit product."
On being a scholar of clothing:
"The skill set to dress nice is too high. If someone looks at you and says, 'Oh you dress nice,' you have to focus on it so much, you almost have to be a scholar of clothing to be a well-dressed person."