Kanye West finished what might have been the most epic hour-long interview ever with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe (Seriously, Lowe called it “the most intense interview of [his] life!” when it finished). Hopefully the whole thing will hit the internet soon, but until then here’s one of our favorite bits from the chat.
When Kanye West’s album Yeezus hit, there was one track in particular that stood out to us: “I Am a God” (and not just because of the “Hurry up with my damn croissants” line). We speculated that the song was written about fashion designer Hedi Slimane–and it turns out we were right.
West told Lowe he wrote the track in Paris after Slimane told West he could only attend his first show at Saint Laurent if he didn’t go to any others. The rapper echoed the following sentiment he shared with W Magazine:
Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the number-one living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix. You can’t say that you love music and then say that Kanye West can’t come to your show.
But even more than that, the lead single “Black Skinhead” was also inspired by the perceived Slimane diss. And despite the fact that West said he “doesn’t write diss tracks,” he took to the studio to record these two songs in Paris immediately after the slight. He even took things one step further by using the exact same musicians that Slimane used for his runway show.
In the first part, he took a break from dissing Slimane to go in on designers who rebuffed his ideas years ago. “We were giving designs to Fendi over and over, and getting our designs knocked down!” he says. “Brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi and they said no–how many mother fuckers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?!” (Justin Bieber comes to mind…)
Of course, he brought it back to Slimane. “Yea, he got some nice $5000 jeans in there,” West said of the designer, adding that rap is the new rock. “We the new rockstars, and I’m the biggest of all of ‘em!”
So it sounds like West is far from finished when it comes to dissing designers–and Paris Fashion Week starts tomorrow.
We will definitely be watching out for Yeezus this week!
(Unrelated, but my favorite quote from the interview: “Dopeness is what I like the most. DOPENESS. People who want to make things as dope as possible.”)
Check out part one below: