Kanye West Discusses Drake, Fashion and Music With Zane Lowe

Kanye West Zane Lowe interview, February 2015 (Photo: BBC Radio 1 via Youtube)

Kanye West Discusses Drake, Fashion and Music With Zane Lowe

The BET Honors Visionary Award recipient says that "exclusivity is the new n-word."

Published February 26, 2015

Kanye West never ceases to amaze pop culture enthusiasts and his most recent interview with BBC 1 Radio's Zane Lowe was no different. The multi-talented artist left listeners with a ton of quotables and let everyone in on whether or not he'll be touring with Rihanna (kind of) and who he currently thinks the best rapper alive is. 

Kanye also touched on the fact that he felt creatively stifled around the time that Yeezus came out because nobody was accepting or believing in his visions. He also had a moment where he broke down in tears while discussing his late friend Louise Wilson, who was one of the world's most influential fashion instructors. He said that she always pushed her students to a twelve and had to take a moment to collect himself after telling Lowe about the personal advice that she gave him. See what she told him below along with a few other quotables that made this another classic Yeezy interview.

On the birth of his upcoming album:

"College Dropout came out of a fight of wanting to rap, [but] this is coming out of a fight wanting to design."

On his gifts and how he's navigated through business:

"I didn't come here to be liked. I came here to make a difference."

Louise Wilson's advice to him:

"'So many students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, as soon as they do anything halfway good when they're two years old, three years old, their parents clap.' And she just looked at me and she said, 'Kanye, don't clap.'"

On how he feels about the Grammys:

"Even a broke clock is right twice a day, and the Grammys are so twice a day."


On whether or not he'll be touring with Rih:

"I don't believe that I'm supposed to confirm or not confirm."

On why he wants his fashion to be accessible to everyone and why "exclusivity is the new n-word":

"Everyone should have the opportunity to drink from the same fountain…It won’t even matter if I sell one sweatshirt. As long as kids hear this interview and hear this."

His feelings about collaborators and working with Drake and Big Sean:

"Let's be respectful and let's be truthful. The hottest rapper [Drake] and one of the hottest rappers in the game [Big Sean]."

To see the interview in its entirety, click here.

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(Photo: BBC Radio 1 via Youtube)

Written by Taj Rani


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