Interview with Kanye West, 2008
Angie Martinez: “I have a soft spot for him because he’s such a free spirit and people just beat him up and he’s just trying to be him, so I do have a little soft spot for Kanye. [Laughs] I think with Kanye, he’s smart, he’s super smart, and he lost his mom tragically out of the blue, and then made music. Kanye is somebody who is probably already sensitive, that’s why I kind of worry about him. He’s super smart but he can also be super guarded so if you’re not honest with him in the interview, you’re not being there with him and looking him in the eye, he could kind of go somewhere off on you.
Kanye is somebody who is probably already sensitive, that’s why I kind of worry about him. He’s super smart but he can also be super guarded.
You really have to lock in and talk to him and let him know that you’re hearing him and understanding him and listening otherwise he could go somewhere left on you. He hasn’t done it to me but I can see it, certain moments. That happens all the time. If I have a moment in an interview where I’m either bored with the person or not liking what they’re saying for some reason, the energy, you have to be super sensitive to see it or hear it, I think some people would. The interview is always better if you’re genuinely talking to someone, you genuinely like them, genuinely interested in them and if you go left, the person you’re interviewing usually goes left too. Sometimes I’ve forced to interview people that I’m just not that into, it’s happened. Those tend to not be my best interviews because then I’m just there."