Kanye West is back with another interview following another NYFW unveiling of his second Yeezy by Kanye West x Adidas collection. Find out what he said about his new line, the industry as a whole, his upcoming album and his presidential run inside…
Kanye West is dishing the inside scoop on his upcoming new album, tentatively titled SWISH, his second Yeezy by Kanye West x Adidas collection and “finally” getting his foot through the fashion industry door. Oh…and he also talked about his Presidential run for 2020. If you thought he was joking, he makes it very clear…he’s NOT. Trump seems to be using the campaign as a publicity stunt, so why wouldn't it work for 'Ye?
Hours after unveiling his newest collection with a surprise runway show atNew York Fashion Week, Yeezy chopped it up with Vanity Fair about all things fashion and music. He confirms an album is on the way—with the working titled SWISH—but there’s no official release date. And it doesn’t sound like there will be one anytime soon since he said he’s not worried about the “years,” he’s concerned with putting out a good body of work.
As for his new line, Yeezy believes most people wear yoga clothes and sweatshirts so he plans to make the most “beautiful version of that possible.” Hmph. He talks about never taking a vacation (“...way too privileged to take a season off”) and his disdain for politics (“I hate politics. I’m not a politician at all”), but his love of the truth. Yea, typical ‘Ye talk.
Below are the highlights:
On his upcoming album SWISH:
“It’s currently called Swish. I’m forgetting even what the last name of it was now.”
On when SWISH will be released:
“I’m not sure. I’m not worried about the years. I’m worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I’m breathing.”
On getting his foot in the fashion industry:
"Yeah, we do the shoes with Adidas and this past season we just did apparel on our own out of Calabasas with a small team traveling to the dye houses and making the patterns and just working 30 hours a day against all odds. We didn’t sleep. We’re in the middle of negotiations [with backers] is the best way I can put it, so there was questions on do we wait till next fall, do we come back and show something for spring? And I felt bad. The biggest thing was not only the engagement with the public that are interested to come to the movie theaters to see it or to see it online and talk about it. It was also the relationship with the stores. I felt the responsibility to come back for spring and deliver that next collection because, at this stage, as early as I am into expressing myself and making clothes, it’s just way too privileged to take a season off. Are you fucking kidding me? My toe is barely in the door, my foot is barely on the gas, I’ve got to press down harder. The most successful thing about the second season was just doing the second season."
On getting acceptance from the fashion industry:
"Yeah, well, eventually I want the whole world to accept me and I want the whole world to accept each other. My vision of life is that we have all of the information to live in a better world, but we’re always holding information back. . . . In general the world is stingy with information. Information is the most important thing we have. Anytime I’ve ever had someone who intentionally held information from me in order to either control or manipulate the situation, be in charge of it in a certain way, that is the greatest travesty. I’d rather someone be hateful. It’s like being a fucking thief, you’re stealing information. It’s like when we go and we launch yeezy.supply, taking back the data is so important. And even musicians, for so long we were held back from our data. Meaning the record labels could have the data, but the musicians couldn’t have the data. This is the new world. The Internet’s like the Wild, Wild West. If you have your data, you have everything. You know the people that are connecting with you . . ."
On never taking vacation:
“As early as I am into expressing myself and making clothes, it’s just way too privileged to take a season off. Are you fucking kidding me? My toe is barely in the door, my foot is barely on the gas, I’ve got to press down harder. The most successful thing about the second season was just doing the second season.”
On running for president in 2020:
“When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’ As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together… I hate politics. I’m not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings.”
Sighs. Check out his full interview here.