As the cover model for Interview's February issue, Kanye West sat down with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen to talk about the greatness that is Kanye West while giving the rest of us a glimpse into what goes on in his brain. Not only did he open up about creative expression and the inspiration behind his work, but also his thoughts on fatherhood and how he's still figuring out how to express the love he has for daughter North.
"I think I have to experience it for another few years to be able to give you an opinion. It's all brand new, how it feels to be a father," Yeezy said. "There are some things that I understand, certain things that I don't understand, certain things that I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don't have an answer. All I can say is that I'm happy I have it."
West compared himself and his family to astronauts in space, saying they're the ones who hold him down when fame starts getting out of control.
"Becoming famous is like being catapulted into space — sometimes without a space suit," he said. "We've seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things … I wanted a family. So God gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that's greater."
It wouldn't be a true Yeezy interview without him spouting a few gems about how wonderful he is, so he explained his fine arts background, how he was "a prodigy out of Chicago," and has gone on to create what he calls "sonic paintings" with his music. But while he's been going to art school since he was five years old, he reverts to an even younger point in his life when he creates.
"I just close my eyes and act like I'm a 3-year-old. I try to get as close to a childlike level as possible because we were all artists back then," he said. "So you just close your eyes and think back to when you were as young as you can remember and had the least barriers to your creativity."
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