While we wait on his new collection with A.P.C., Chicago superstar Kanye West appears on the cover of GQ to help build his name in the fashion industry. Grab your copy of the August issue at your local newsstand.
UPDATE: Added all the photos from the spread, check them out below.
UPDATE #2: Added excerpts from the cover story. Yeezus talks about his forthcoming single “All Day,” how Drake won last summer, Jay Z and Beyonce missing his wedding, and much more.
On new album:
I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.
But now, for the new album, one new thing could change everything. I had an idea of the way I wanted to do the album. And then I got a new song that’s so good that the album has to be balanced against it. This song is a song that can be in the club like “Don’t Like” or “Niggas in Paris.” Whereas before I was working on the album and I had these beautiful songs, they were just more songs. They weren’t saying, “Okay, tuck your whole summer in.” They were just saying, “Hey, I’m a great musician, I make these beautiful songs, and they have all this meaning, and nobody can make anything that means this much.”
On new single, “All Day”:
Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called “All Day,” that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, “All day, nigga, it’s Ye, nigga. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, nigga. Ball so hard, man, this shit cray, nigga. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures.” Right? Jay would have said that.
“Yeah. He got last summer. And I’d never given it up till last summer.” Now he’s thinking about taking it back. “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?”
On Yeezus, a year later:
I think ‘Yeezus’ is the beginning of a completely new era of music. It was all new rules. It just broke every rule possible. None of the ideas were popular ideas.
“New Slaves.” The second verse. 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.
I worked on [my verses] for like eight months!… I think [Rick Rubin] needs to clarify that to people — that I didn’t make it up in that time. I just said them in that time.
On Jay Z and Beyonce missing his wedding:
All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me.
On his wedding speech:
I said, “Wow, Carine is seven seats down from Kim. Farnaz [Farjam], the producer of the Kardashians and the producer of The Real World, is four seats down from [director] Steve McQueen. And four seats, because in between them is Hosain [Rahman] from Jawbone.” This is what I talked about. That was not a forty-five-minute speech to myself.
On finding happiness:
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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