Mr. West is in the building, swagger on hundred thousand trillion with GQ magazine. Kanye Omar West is a brand new man and he’s letting his freak–albeit, handsomely chic–flag fly on the pages on the August issue of the men’s magazine.
“You see I haven’t name-dropped and said a bunch of negative stuff about people,” West said, drawing attention to his penchant for speaking, um, extemporaneously. While it is true that West did appear to be rather calm—because you know, he drops bombs—there was no shortage of #ThingsKanyeSays.
He Gets Dressed with the Paparazzi in Mind
“I hope we don’t see no paparazzi today,” West said. “Because I’m still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, ‘That’s not my statement!’
West isn’t Out to Get You… Or the Paps
“There’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up?” He continues, “Yeah, I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish.” “People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”
Hey, Page Six, Get Over the Gold Toilets at Kimye’s Wedding
“They didn’t even talk there about the photographs, or the dress, or Andrea Bocelli singing, or the marble tables. They’re like: “It’s a gold toilet.” No. The bathrooms—that usually would be a porta-potty—were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort. The bar was terrible, and the wedding planner didn’t approve it with me. I was having issues with this wedding planner the entire time on approvals, and I get there and they threw some weird plastic bar there. So the same materials that were used to cover the bathroom, we said, “Let’s just use that, because this is all we have to make the bar look better.” Which it did, in the end.”
Kanye Wants North to Live a Normal Life
“I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.”
He’s, um, Taken with Carine Roitfeld?
“Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today. She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today. She’s the single most important person to what street style is today. And she was at the wedding seven seats down from Kim, who is one of the number one fashion plates of today.”
It Didn’t Hurt His Feelings Jay Z and Beyoncé Didn’t Attend his Wedding
“It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years. But the fact that these other people showed up that are from such different worlds but have done such dynamic things—they’re all, in a way, equal to what Kim has done in TV or what I had done in music. I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren’t sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren’t sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren’t sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-Internet.”
Page Six Can’t Kill His Vibe
“Page Six can’t overshadow the main point: Carine Roitfeld was sitting next to Kim Kardashian.” Well played, Ye, well played.
Kim Kardashian is a Dinosaur
“Kim is this girl who turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t [care] about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s [so] cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.
… And She Gave Kanye Skills
“And what I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”
We’ll Have New Music, Soon, Maybe
“I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.”
He’s Actually Happy
“This is a multi-lifetime process that we have now embarked on. Meaning starting now, you’re just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people’s lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic.”
His Taste is Still Better than Yours
“This is Christopher Columbus. This is uncharted waters we’re on. We’d be super happy to be on land, and also a little bit like, “Ah, the journey’s over!” But I feel like, we got the Vogue cover, Steve McQueen won the Oscar, we finally got married… You know? We have a child. We’re a family now. I am an arbiter of taste, and people think that I have the ability to make things cool—or if I’m doing it, it should be cool. And I feel that this stuff’s starting to be cool. And that feels good to me. Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool [stuff], because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet.”