‘I’m A Blowfish’: 12 Amazing Things We Learned From Kanye West’s GQ Interview

07.21.14 3 years ago

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So…Kanye West gave another interview. Yes he did. Kanye Kanye Kanye. You teach us so much, Ye. Here are 12 incredible things I learned from today's GQ profile of the verbose rapper:

1. Kanye West is a blowfish.

“I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a-what's the fish that blows up?”

A blowfish?

“Yeah. I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish.”

2. Kanye West doesn't know what unions are, really.

On reportedly taking a saw to the bar at his wedding reception: “I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there. So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, “Let's just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better.” Which it did, in the end. And anyone knows that you cannot pick up tools yourself, because of-what are those rules about the workers?


Yeah, unions. You can't do that. It's illegal. That's false.

Sally Field in Norma Rae

3. Kanye and Kim are “two LeBrons.”

“Both me and Kim had to learn how to communicate as a team. These are two LeBrons, you know? Meaning she could do shit that a girlfriend in a relationship could never do. Obviously. And I could do stuff that a guy in a relationship could never do.”

4. Celebrities are treated like black people were in the 1960s.

“What I talked about in [my 45-minute wedding toast to myself] was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name.”

5. Kim Kardashian is like a dinosaur, somehow. We're not sure how.

“Like they said in 'Step Brothers': Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur. …People would try to say, 'Well, you know, if you're a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.' I don't give a fuck about people's opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur-especially if you're an only child and it's not because of the book that the sibling was reading-it's like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That's amazing!”

Kim Kardashian Jurassic Park

6. Kim Kardashian is an academic genius…or not?

“When people try to spoof or talk shit, it's like: But you're mad because basically Kim is the type of girl that, her entire life, if you were in school with her, most people would be studying and up late nights, but for some reason she would have the skill set to go and grab the one book, turn to the exact page, and just magically say, 'That's the exact answer.' Or she could wink at the person who had done all the work and get it done anyway.”

Kim Kardashian reading

7. Kanye West wants to do more nudity, in general.

On the “Bound 2” video: “It was completely morphed and weird and psychedelic and really druggy. I would have just liked to have had more nudity in it. That's the only thing. I just want to do crazy, colorful shit like that that has more nudity.”

8. The second verse of “New Slaves” is to rap what “Coming to America” and “Anchorman” are to movies. Or something.

“I argue that it's the best rap verse of all time. It's the 'Coming to America' or 'Anchorman' of a verse. You know, it's got the funny shit. It's got the antagonization. It's got patterns. It's got social and political consciousness. It's got struggle. It's got bravado. It's everything that a rap verse is supposed to be.”

Eddie Murphy in Coming to America

9. Famous musicians get sent red-and-black versions of white-and-black clothing items that regular people buy in stores, I guess?

Q: When you said what you said last year about the fashion industry and your frustration with it, did your phone ring after that?

It did move the needle. Only positive came from it. Maybe I'm not as good friends as I could have been with the Saint Laurent designer. And now I don't get the red-and-black versions of the white-and-black pants that are in stores, or whatever I would have got as a musician.

Kanye West

10. For Kanye West, 2010 was like that movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.” So, how is your life going?

That's another thing I really like about clothing and film-you could still communicate with a film, because it's not you. But when you're a reality star or a rapper, you are the film.

Q: That's been true for you, right? The year 2010 was really just a different kind of movie.

Yeah. It was more “Wolf of Wall Street.”

11. “In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”

'Nuff said.

12. Every single thing that Kanye West does is super-cool and innovative.

“Because I don't like walking around with people thinking I'm doing uncool shit, because there's nothing I'm doing that's uncool. It's all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it's cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool. “

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