intro: The GQ Kanye West interview for its July cover is out today and like always, the iconic rapper had a lot to say.
The interview took place one week after his May wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian and the "Yeezus" rapper dished on the paparazzi, walking into signs, about his "fangs" and his alleged 45-minute wedding toast to himself.
Here are the 13 best quotes from West, 37:
quicklist: 1 title: Kanye on Being Happier Post Fatherhood and Marriage text: "You see I haven't name-dropped and said a bunch of negative stuff about people." media:
quicklist: 2 title: On Walking Head First Into That Sign text: "It's difficult. And then put on top of that the idea of going and taking meetings with people, and people say, 'We don't want to work with you, because we saw you get mad about running into the sign.'"
quicklist: 3 title: On If Kanye Has 'Fangs' text: "I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a -- what's the fish that blows up? ... I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it's like a blowfish. I wasn't coming out of my house going to a paparazzi's house to attack them. I'm defending my family in front of my own house. I'm defending my name as someone's screaming something negative at me. That's 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." media:
quicklist: 4 title: Kanye on His Beef With His Wedding Planner text: "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."
quicklist: 5 title: Kanye on His Alleged 45-Minute Toast to Himself text: "And what 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." media:
quicklist: 6 title: Kanye on Feeling Like a Boxer text: "My feelings don't matter anymore. ... One of the things that I said at the speech was, anyone that's at this table has had to defend me or Kim or both of us at some point in their life. Ask a boxer: 'In the third round, when he hit you from the side on your ear, how did that specifically feel?' You wouldn't ask a boxer that. Because you know they're there to fight. Meaning now you know I'm here to fight. I'm here to fight for the re-education of what celebrity is. To say, 'Yes, we are celebrities, but yes, we're also innovators, we're also inventors, we're also thoughtful. ... Yeah. I'm sitting right here, it's a fight. I'm fighting with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt. At this point, people know what's up. People know I'm smart. And people know that, whether it's 'SNL' or 'Jimmy Kimmel,' it's a trend to take the piss out of celebrity -- just as much of a trend as wearing a gray hoodie or driving a Prius." media: 23
quicklist: 7 title: Kanye on Fashion and Celebrity text: "There was a time for two or three years where fashion designers wouldn't give Kim dresses. There was a time they wouldn't even let me be at shows. Now the idea that Kim is in a Givenchy Couture dress is raising the communication. Because people would be more apt to be like, 'Celebrities don't really have style. Celebrities can't dress. Celebrities are less educated.' But they haven't had the chance to be able to break through and have Carine Roitfeld sitting right there. 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."
quicklist: 8 title: On His Record-Breaking Instagram Photo With Kim text: "It's because of Kim. Meaning there's no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes. So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it. That's the point. Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity. The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write."
quicklist: 9 title: Why He Got Married to Kim text: "Right now, people look at it and it's like, 'Wow, that's inspiring.' Meaning that love is infectious. You know, God is infectious -- God flowing through us and us being little-baby creators and s***. But His energy and His love and what He wants us to have as people and the way He wants us to love each other, that is infectious. Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur."
"Kim is this girl who f****** turns me on. I love her. ... I don't give a f*** 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, f***, 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 f****** cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this f****** 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 f****** fighter jet or dinosaur!"
quicklist: 10 title: Kanye on Predicting He and Jay Z Would Both Have Daughters text: "And the joke was that I was supposed to say on the song ['New Day'], 'Come on, Jay, you know we're both gonna have daughters.' And I'm so mad, because you know when I pop that creative-genius s***? If I had had that, that could've been my one moment where I'm like: 'Okay, f*** all the conversation. Look at that. I called that one.'"
quicklist: 11 title: Kanye on How the Gap Influenced 'Yeezus' text: "When I was sitting and trying to do a collaboration with the Gap, in the meeting, when they're like, 'No, because you're a celebrity, and you have a bad reputation, and you don't know anything about clothing, so we don't want to do this' -- in that meeting, there's no extra single that I could have done that could have got me that deal. There's no extra Grammy that I could have won that could have made it more real. And that's the reason why I had to express the way I feel. Which all rhymed just right there. But 'Yeezus' was extremely purposeful. And what came from 'Yeezus': Paparazzi are nicer to me. The entire fashion industry is nicer to me."
quicklist: 12 title: Kanye on What He's Learned From Kim text: "She is who she is. I am who I am. We have advisers and friends and everything, but those people are who they are and we are who we are. 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."
quicklist: 13 title: Kanye on Happiness text: "Well, you build your happy wife, happy life, happy home, all this stuff, right? Everybody that's in a relationship that has ever worked on a home knows one of the most frustrating processes is actually working on the home. So when people would see me last year, two years ago, unhappy, I was in the process of building the home."
"But what makes me happy is land, and we're on a boat now. 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. ... Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and s***, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That s*** is super cool."