In a way, considering all that has unfolded in the last three days alone, West's latest interview couldn't have arrived at a better time, especially with fans attempting to understand him and his eccentric genius now more than ever.
During the feature, the rapper touched on a plethora of topics while giving us insight to his synesthesia, the neurological phenomenon regarding the merging of the five senses. West has in the past shared that he can visualize sound, and during this recent interview, he admits how he feels as though it is his "mutant handicap."
Understanding West's brilliantly creative mind is damn near impossible, but hearing him discuss his gifts in his own words is equal parts interesting and inspiring.
"I actually have paintings and drawings from high school where I was trying to show what the sounds in front of me looked like," West shares. "I think [synethesia] is my mutant handicap. All X-Men have a little handicap that helps them become X-Men. I didn’t know the term synesthesia until I was working on Cruel Summer. Halfway into writing that, I really understood that my entire life I had been trying to describe this condition of mine: through painting, through this seven-screen Surround Vision film we shot in Qatar, through all these things."
During the interview, West also admited that the idea of sitting down for an in-depth conversation isn't as simple as him hearing a question and responding. He takes it extremely serious, and later added that he thinks in the future people will communicate more with signs and visual cues than with language itself.
"I’m really bad with answering questions," West said. "Usually, I don’t even answer them. I try to find inspiration inside of the question. I think, and I jump from one beam of inspiration or energy to the next, as opposed to explaining the energy. In general, the hard part about interviews, for me, is the idea of two plus two equals four. I always refuse to land at four. Landing at four is hella basic."
Take a look at the intimate conversation in the clips below.
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