Kanye West Returns to BBC Radio 1 For an Incredible Interview With Zane Lowe
A day after stealing the show with his debut of "All Day" at the Brit Awards, Kanye West makes his return to the BBC Radio 1 studios for another interview.
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A day after stealing the show with his debut of "All Day" at the Brit Awards, Kanye West makes his return to the BBC Radio 1 studios for another interview with Zane Lowe. Of course, in 2013 Kanye and Lowe connected for one of the more legendary interviews in recent memory, and with Lowe recently announcing that he's leaving the station to work at Apple, another sit down with 'Ye seemed like the logical way to make his exit.
To start the conversation, 'Ye and Lowe talked about their last interview and the struggles that Kanye faced when breaking into fashion world. On the subject of adidas and his new collection, Kanye talked about how Hermann Deininger saw his initial vision and thought that he could do more than just be a rapper. Kanye once again preached that he wants everyone to be able to buy and afford his collections and clothes. "Exclusivity is the new n-word. Nothing should be exclusive, everyone should be able to drink from the same fountain." While talking about his late mentor and fashion designer Louise Wilson, Kanye broke down into tears about the last time he got to speak with her.
While talking about his new music and being excited about it again, Kanye touched on shooting the video for "Blessings" with Big Sean and Drake. 'Ye praised both of the MCs for their place in the game, but also declared that Drizzy is the hottest rapper out right now. He also gave Drake some advice on his career, and said that he would always be there to help him, even if it was to work on an idea for Nike.
On his new album, Kanye said that he's trying to be inventive and drive forward with the music. "We're being inventive...I've still got a lot of opinions and perspectives that are important and can be inspiring to people that fight. The College Dropout came out of a fight to rap, and this new album's coming out of a fight to design. It's a joyful noise onto the Lord...it's still a struggle, but beauty from the struggle," West said. While talking about both "Only One" and "FourFiveSeconds," Kanye said that it was an amazing experience getting to work with Paul McCarntey in the studio. "Meeting Paul McCartney is like meeting Ralph Lauren, he's the greatest of all-time."
On Beck and the Grammys, Kanye said that everyone is entitled to their opinion and whether they're right or wrong, they have the right to say it. Kanye quickly switched his attention to the actual Grammys, and said that they're the assistant to the artists. "The Grammys are like an ex-girlfriend, as soon as you get in a car with them, you want to go right back home." As far as his family, Kanye says him and Kim Kardashian are trying very hard to have another baby. On the upcoming potential tour with Rihanna, Kanye didn't deny that it's happening, but also didn't confirm it.
Watch the full interview above.
UPDATE 2/27/15: During his stop in London, Kanye performed "Only One" on a Swedish TV station. Watch the performance below.