Kanye West Talks New Album, Drake’s Popularity & Learning From Kim Kardashian in GQ Magazine
We all know that Kanye West has style and he shows us how to dress like a god in the August issue of GQ magazine. Along with giving fashion tips, Yeezy also reveals new details about his upcoming album.
The rapper says that he plans to release the project in the fall following a new single called ‘All Day,’ which is due to drop in the “next couple of weeks.”
He even opens up about Drake, the rapper who “got last summer,” according to Ye. While the ‘Yeezus’ creator acknowledges that Drizzy takes the spot as the most popular rapper at the moment, he’s thinking about what he’ll do next. “I’d never given it up till last summer,” West says. “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?” he continues, asking himself if this will be the summer of Yeezy.
Read on as Kanye West opens up about his new LP, wife Kim Kardashian and more.
On the forthcoming seventh album:
I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But 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 Beyonce 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.”
On his song ‘All Day’:
Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called ‘All Day,’ that usually [Jay-Z] would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, All day, n—-, it’s Y. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, n—-. Ball so hard, man, this s— cray, n—-. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right? Jay would have said that.
And then eventually I would have came in with, like, whatever I come in with. But the balance of a meal is that when people walk in, they want water first. People definitely weren’t getting water first on Yeezus. I do fight with myself to say, ‘Keep fighting.’ But also, you know, you can’t win every single fight. It’s a long war, and if you’re out there trying to, like, blow up every single building, you won’t win the war.”
On why Jay Z and Beyonce didn’t attend his wedding:
All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. 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.”
On learning from wife Kim Kardashian:
One of the reasons why I think that me and Kim are very powerful together isn’t just the concept of celebrity or this mega rap star and this mega-beautiful pop star. It’s something I explain to my girl: 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.”
West believes that his new album will be “very fulfilling” not only for him but for his fans as well. “Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic,” he says.
The August issue of GQ magazine with Kanye West on the cover will hit newsstands on July 29.