The sentiment “artists are people who have embraced themselves as a superhero” appears in a new (and increasingly rare) interview with Kanye West, out Wednesday, and it’s far from the only highly quotable element contained therein.
West is on the cover of the May edition of GQ, complete with a must-read chat with editor-in-chief Will Welch.
There’s too much to condense down to mere aggregation here, but among the highlights are West’s reflection on the late Kobe Bryant, who died shortly before the interviews used for the feature were conducted.
“He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts!” Ye said. “We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together. And now it’s like, yeah, I might have had a reputation for screaming about things—but I’m not taking any mess for an answer now. We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity. We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies.”
Later, West addressed his previous support for Trump, which has remained a source of division among some longtime fans. Without dropping the President’s name, he also confirmed that, unlike in previous years, he’ll be voting in the 2020 election.
“No, I’m definitely voting this time,” he said. “And we know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here!”