Kanye West talked about his work as a “pastor,” music business contracts, his vogue line and his “calling to be the chief of the free world,” which he mentioned got here to him within the bathe, in a three-hour lengthy, free-associative interview with podcaster Joe Rogan that was launched Saturday — and that is in simply the primary half hour.
He additionally recommended that Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, amongst different claims.
He additionally made a reference to Taylor Swift that might be misinterpreted. Talking of his father’s work as a member of the Black Panther political social gathering, he mentioned, “It is like my father snatching a mic out of somebody’s hand who was mendacity — like father, like son, there,” he laughed, referring to him grabbing the mic from Swift on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Talking uninterrupted for lengthy stretches and peppering his feedback with mentions of his notable buddies and pop-culture references from “Tron” to “Maleficent” to “The Incredibles,” West continued his tendency to make a provocative assertion after which shortly transfer to a seemingly unrelated topic. (The next quotes have been edited to remove digressions.)
“There could not be a greater time to place a visionary within the captain’s chair,” he mentioned. “I am not right here to down Trump or down Biden, I am simply right here to specific why God has known as me to take this place. I am an awesome chief as a result of I hear and I am empathetic. I do imagine in world peace.”
Concerning the music enterprise, he mentioned, “I am not at warfare with the music business. I am simply saying we have to innovate. Once I posted my contracts, I had ten contracts that saved placing me inside a labyrinth and issues we do not want.
“Prince would say we do not want the distribution half,” he continued. “I am the sort of individual the place I am not attempting to remove anybody’s job. There is a approach each events will be pleased. These offers will be flipped in a approach that they are simply extra honest.”
He mentioned his father had advised him the music business was a nasty enterprise, and located that perspective to be true.
“Everybody’s part of it, everybody’s accountable, everybody’s part of the issue,” he mentioned. “The contracts are made to rape the artists. This can be a unfavourable thought I am placing into the universe — however I thought of Bruce and Brandon Lee. That is Sony and Common and I am prepared to place the blue paint on my face and exit and do that as a result of it is the correct factor to do.
“Michael Jackson, Prince, all of this stuff have crossed my thoughts as I am saying I must innovate what these contracts are, it isn’t about me getting my masters again, it is about freedom.”
“At this level music loses me cash,” he mentioned. “Of my $5 billion web value, music is unfavourable $4 million.”
He additionally spoke at size about his work in non secular music. “I stepped away from my music profession for a yr to serve God,” he mentioned. “Once I made [his Sunday Service sessions], I utterly stopped rapping as a result of I did not know the right way to rap earlier than God.”
Rogan made a number of efforts to maintain West centered on subjects, together with flattering West about his thought processes, saying that individuals claimed he was ranting however Rogan mentioned he was considering completely.
“Once I speak, it isn’t a rant,” West mentioned. “It is a symphony of concepts. I simply inform the reality and telling the reality is loopy in a world stuffed with lies.”