For weeks, fashion devotees have been clamoring over what Kanye West would pull out for his New York Fashion Week presentation with Adidas, Kanye West Yeezy Season 2. The wait was over on Wednesday (September 16), as he unveiled his latest military-inspired designs at Skylight Modern in New York City. In true Yeezy fashion, it was epic in proportion, with movie theaters around the world screening the show live for his loyal fans and a star-studded front row worthy of every front page.
Rapper and producer Consequence, a longtime Kanye collaborator, was a guest at the presentation. Speaking by phone from NYC after the show, he shared what went down exclusively with BET.com.
BET.com: Yeezy Season 2 had a super exclusive guest list. How did the invite come through?
With the show being here in New York, we had been talking back and forth over the last couple of weeks, so I definitely wanted to come through and make sure the kids [Consequence's 4-year-old son, Caiden, and North West] got to meet. I got a call from his publicist, Tracy, and she said “Kanye wants you to come and he wants you to bring Caiden.” So I had to pop Caiden out of school like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! [Laughs] I was like, there’s no way he’s missing this one. These [opportunities] don’t come around that often, and I just wanted him to be around the crew. Him and North are the next generation of the Grammy family.
Tell us about the show and your thoughts on Kanye's passion for fashion.
I’m putting my bid in. And I’m putting my bid in for the butterscotch Yeezys. The butterscotch 350s is crazy. [Laughs] But you know, at this point, there is no denying his passion and ferociousness for what he believes in from a more creative standpoint, but he’s also a family man. He’s a husband, he’s the father of North and their soon-to-be-born new child. Recently, Kanye FaceTimed Caiden for his fourth birthday. Caiden had a birthday party at his school and Kanye FaceTimed him and Kanye was gracious enough to say happy birthday in front of his class. It was really dope.
What did you think about the clothes?
I liked the fall line, and this line is really dope. I like it a lot. I’m a guy from Queens, so I come from the field jacket, the aviator jacket. The best frame of reference is that if you think about Queens, then you think about Onyx and their military influence. I think this line is very military influenced. You got the combat boots, you got different variations of the 750s in different colorways and the girl’s stuff is really dope. I’m into it.
What was the energy like inside the venue?
It was super-exclusive. The hottest people in fashion and entertainment and social society. It’s the Who’s Who — the Kardashians, Drake, the G.O.O.D. Music roster, present and past, and every Tier A fashion editor that documents the clothes for the culture. And Kanye debuted a new song, “Fade” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone.
[We] knew something was going to be premiered, because he wasn’t going to waste a moment, so I didn’t know which song it was going to be, but I had actually heard it before. It comes on saying, “I feel it fade,” so it automatically gets [the energy] started.
What’s your big takeaway from the experience?
Certain things are just a moment in time, and I just wanted to give my son a great memory today, given that the opportunity presented itself. I wish I could have seen it through Caiden’s eyes, because he’s still got the innocence. For him, it’s just like, “Oh, man. Everybody that I listen to is here, and I just want to say ‘hi’ to Kanye and take a picture, and I just want to say ‘hi’ to Drake.” You know what I’m saying? It's moments like this.
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