Kanye West Talks Ikea, Police Violence, and Glastonbury on British Radio

Kanye West Talks Ikea, Police Violence, and Glastonbury on British Radio


UPDATE: Annie Mac confirmed that there is no new Kanye West music premiering on her show today, but the interview will start at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Kanye West hasn’t slowed down since the release of The Life of Pablo at the beginning of this year. We’ve been given the Cruel Winter posse cut “Champions” and just last week the striking, tear-filled “Wolves” video (which doubles as a Balmain advert) dropped.

Today, August 1, West will be on the UK’s BBC Radio 1 from 2 p.m. EST speaking to Annie Mac. In the pre-recorded interview, parts of which have been shared by the BBC, he speaks on his dream of working with Ikea, his possible future presidential candidacy, police violence in the U.S., and the problems with his 2015 Glastonbury headlining performance.

Even more exciting is the prospect of new music dropping today. The text on the preview page for today’s show reads “Kanye West supplies the Hottest Record,” which is the name given to the new tracks that host Annie Mac premieres on her show.

A commenter on Reddit also points out that new music was confirmed by BBC Radio 1 this morning, with one of the hosts saying that Kanye would be playing a new track and talking about “his new album.” Whether that is Cruel Winter, Turbo Grafx 16or something else entirely is still to be seen, so make sure you’re tuned in to BBC Radio 1 today to find out.

Read highlights from the upcoming interview below.

On working with Ikea:

I have to work with Ikea – make furniture for interior design, for architecture. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes.

On his 2015 Glastonbury headlining performance:

It was incredible. I started off the show and I completely messed up the music. And me, as you can imagine by this phone call, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. So it really put me into a slightly depressed state and it put me back in the position of when I was in high school and I got fired from my job. I don’t usually get nervous, I prepare, I get fully prepared. When that music messed up in the beginning it tapped into my nerves and when you’re nervous or vulnerable something special and something different can happen.

 On running for President and police violence: 

When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views. I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.

Related: The Evolution of Kanye West’s Tours

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