Kanye West: I’m “No. 1 Rock Star on the Planet”

The supremely self-confident rapper also wants to try his hand at architecture

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Poor Kanye West. He isn’t taken seriously as a fashion mogul. People don’t see him as the biggest rock star to ever walk the face of the planet. Nike didn’t renew his shoe line. And the general public just won’t let him live the same dream they’ve handed Jay-Z—just handed to Jay-Z, we tell you!

Such is the difficulty in being Kanye. And he’s happy to tell anyone who will listen.

Just a few months ago, the supremely confident performer shared his beliefs in himself with the New York Times. But it’s during a recent BBC Radio 1 interview that Yeezy achieves a whole new level of grandiosity, suggesting that he’s surpassed Michael Jackson—rap is the new rock, just so you’re up to date—and that he plans a foray into the world of architecture.

Kanye is creative; don’t limit him to music, he says.

But as fun as it might be to talk about Kanye, nothing proves more entertaining than simply listening to the rapper discuss himself. So, courtesy of the interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe, here are some of Kanye’s best pearls of wisdom. They’re all nuggets, every last one:

“Rap is the new rock ‘n’ roll. We the new rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet.”

“Jay-Z is more realized than me. More of his dreams and aspirations have come true. You don’t realize I am so frustrated. Like, I’ve got so much I want to give. … And I’ve got a million people telling me why I can’t do it, that I’m not a real designer.”

“I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically … and culturally.”

“I would not be Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson. I was able to ascend to massive heights. And I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling, as a creative person, as a celebrity and I’ve been at it for 10 years.”

“I’m learning what I want. This is the reason why I’m working with five architects at a time. The time spent in a bad apartment, I can’t get that back. But the education I can get from working on it is priceless.”

“I’ve got a very particular specific take on men’s footwear. No one can say I can’t design or don’t know how to design a guy’s sneaker.”

“I want to do product, I am a product person. Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture. I make music but I shouldn’t be limited to once place of creativity. I hang around architects mostly. People that wanna make things as dope as possible.”

Rap on, Kanye.

9 comments
Shigawire
Shigawire

Jeremy Soule, accomplished composer had this to say:


Does it surprise anyone else that Kanye West has 21 Grammys? John Williams has 18.


I didn't know anything about Kanye. Honestly, I work in a cave and mind my own business. I also am completely ignorant of anything that wins Grammys these days. I don't watch the award shows, and I was several weeks behind everyone else in knowing what a twerk is. But upon reviewing his enormously popular YouTube links, I am fairly certain that I could duplicate Kanye's entire production setup (minus the autotune) on a single keyboard that I owned in high school (Ensoniq EPS). This is not a slam, this is a technical evaluation. His production quality is vapid--to put it kindly. What happened to the music industry? 

"Oh, but you don't understand, Jeremy. This music isn't about just the music. It is about a movement and our world," sayeth apparently The Entire planet.

Fine. I don't get it. I also think I am not the only one... Give me Hendrix (Zero Grammy wins) or Miles (seven) any day. But 21? What is this? Some kind of gun salute? This might be appropriate given all of what the Grammys are recognizing these days seems to be mostly just loud noise.

What does NARAS have to do with music anymore? Or has it ever?

Kurt94
Kurt94

ar·ro·gance
ˈarəgəns/
noun
noun: arrogance
    1.
    the quality of being arrogant.
    "the arrogance of this man is astounding"
    synonyms: conceit, pride, self-importance, egotism
    Also see: KANYE WEST.

terekidi
terekidi

Rock is when a band is playing music. Rap is nothing but talking sh-t about women, money, fame and drugs while some looped beat is playing. Rap will never be rock. The biggest rock stars are Queen, Metallica, Elvis, Hendrix and a few others... Kanye West is a f-kin crap talking loser.

YoungandRestless
YoungandRestless

Awww this is sad... It's sad that people who don't like Kanye will never hear what he's actually trying to say. First off there are a few things in this article that are misleading or flat out wrong. First, Kanye is a HUGE fashion mogul. If you don't believe me look it up. His "Nike Air Yeezys" that he designed with Nike are selling for almost $4,000 a pair if you have them in new condition. (Link = http://www.flightclubny.com/p.php?fc=ny&c=bb&i=090138) Jordan's original models aren't even worth that much and he's a basketball player! If Kanye doesn't have cultural significance in fashion why are his older models of shoes selling for so much?This brings me to my next point which is that saying, "Nike didn’t renew his shoe line" is also false. He is actually releasing a new model this year with Nike. His contract allows him to release a new model every two years. Hence 2009, 2011, and now in 2013 he'll be releasing the red Octobers. Also if you watched the interview he does say, “Rap is the new rock ‘n’ roll. We the new rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet.” The people that don't want to think Rap is as big as it is are just ignoring the facts. Even Zane Lowe said in the interview with Kanye that rap has been taking over in popularity since the 2000's. I'm not here to argue that because everyone has their own opinion. To put it in more simple terms Kanye was basically saying that he's the greatest rapper which even most other hip hop or rap artist will admit. He has 21 Grammys to back it up which not many people can say let alone a rap artist. (That's more than the Beatles)  Everyone can hate Kanye as much as they want, but that interview was real. Think about how many rappers you hear saying "I'm the best" or "No one is better than me?" The difference between them and Kanye is that he actually believes it. He doesn't just say those things to sell records, he says that because he's not fake. What he speaks about in his music is true and the sad thing is that some people will never understand that. Anyway this article is trash, filled with false statements and misleading information from the media once again.. No wonder he's looked at as such a monster. 



JoshuaPrice
JoshuaPrice

“Rap is the new rock ‘n’ roll. We the new rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet.”

Dude, Rock will NEVER be replace by Rap - I do admire some arrogance as a form of being positive, but this is too much. You're not a rock star. Maybe you should have thought of what you would say first before spitting it out, maybe if it was changed to :

 “Rap is the new trend among the US, and I’m the biggest performer of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rap star on the planet.”

We wouldn't be making fun of you if you spoke something like that, above.

Rock Stars are Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Alice Cooper, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Angus Young, Bon Scott, Jason Bonham, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, etc.

The day you start talking like an adult will be the day we take you seriously, btw - Diapers are on sale at walmart, thought you might like to know that :p



anggg
anggg

Kanye's best buddy fashion designer Marc Jacobs has been stealing my ideas for 5 years. He copied my photos for many big campaigns and editorials. He fooled me with love and kept me in psychological torture. Please read the details with evidence and spread the truth! Please HELP! http://styleangelique.blogspot.de/

Kurt94
Kurt94

I don't like Kanye for what he says, does or what he stands for. I've listened. I have read the arrogant things he has said during interviews. He's a "fashion mogul." He sells sneakers for $4000 a pair. Gee, that's special. Who cares? No one who still listens to the meaningful, expressive music of Generation X that Generation Z cannot fathom due to their materialism, mindless conformity, their blind adoration of corporate sellouts, thugs and a president who is a pathological liar. Your devoted hero worship of horrible people within pop culture and left wing/Marxist/"progressive" politics knows no bounds.

You seem to be far more interested in materialism than artistic merit.

(C)rap and the urban culture of death have had a stranglehold on the entertainment industry and pop culture itself for way too many years now. It's not great. It's not entertaining. It's sad and pathetic. Between so-called "reality" TV and gang members mumbling into a mic backed with sterile drum machines, ripped off samples of bands who actually have talent and calling it "music" your kind has destroyed whatever real, genuine, entertaining aspects of American pop culture that once remained.

We "will never understand." Wrong. We dislike rap because the violence, misogyny arrogance and ignorance associated with the hip hop culture of death isn't entertaining for intelligent, educated people who have the ability to recognize all the things going on around them that are terrible.