Jon Caramanica interviewed Kanye West to discuss the forthcoming “Yeezus,” his history, his albums and just so many amazing and wonderful things:
It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
You’re already gone, you already clicked, I recognize it and I completely understand.
You should read the entirety of “American Mozart,” the new Atlantic story about Kanye West and “Watch the Throne.” But one anecdote in particular stands out. It involves the President (of the United States):
“I have a question I want to ask you, Mr. President,” I venture, once I catch his attention.
“Sure,” the president says.
“Kanye or Jay-Z?”
The president smiles. “Jay-Z,” he says, as if the answer should be obvious. …
“Although I like Kanye,” Obama continues, with an easy smile. “He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.” He is displaying his larger awareness of the question, looking relaxed, cerebral but friendly, alive to the moment, waiting for me to get to the heart of the matter.
“Even though you called him a jackass?,” I ask.
“He is a jackass,” Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. “But he’s talented.”
Truly, we live in wondrous times. You should still read the entire story.
SPILLVILLE, IA—Following the widespread acclaim and media adulation over his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, multimillion-selling recording artist Kanye West announced Wednesday that he had finally received the exact amount of approval he needed to attain and had therefore retired from the entertainment industry to live on a small farm in Iowa.
I can’t praise this enough. The Onion really deserves an award or something. Check out that Photoshopping! I bet he makes the best snickerdoodles.
If you’re Taylor Swift, saying your worst moment of the last decade involved Kanye West makes sense. That’s also true for President Bush, apparently. The former president, promoting his forthcoming book Decision Points, said Kanye’s famous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” pronouncement was the worst moment of his presidency. And now you know that. [EW]