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'I like Lady Gaga's songs but what the f--k does she know about cameras?' Read our highlights from Kanye's NSFW interview with Zane Lowe

'I like Lady Gaga's songs but what the f--k does she know about cameras?' Read our highlights from K

If you didn't catch Kanye West talking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One last week, you should listen to it, as it was a little surreal.

Kanye was divvying out funny, intriguing and often unsubstantiated opinions about fashion, culture and society. This ranges from him being the biggest rockstar on the planet to his wife Kim Kardashian's most redeeming feature is being rich enough to "love me [him] without asking for money". 

He continued to reveal that he didn't even like his track, 'Gold Digga', and that it was cynically-crafted to make him money.

“I want to be the anchor of the first trillion dollar company," hear this and read all the brain farts you can handle just below.

Kanye on Radio being too commercial:

“I was talking to Frank Ocean about this and said like, ‘My mom got arrested for the sit-ins, and now we’re like the sit-outs,’ like sit off of radio, and say, ‘Hey radio, come to us.’ We need to find something new because it’s being controlled in a way and manufactured in a way that really awesome artists can make amazing music and not break as far paths as, like, something that’s very formulaic.”

Kanye on his role in music and culture:

“I showed people that I understand how to make perfect. ‘Dark Fantasy’ could be considered to be perfect. I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds — sonically and society, culturally.”

Kanye on his struggles with the fashion industry:

“[Me and Virgil Abloh] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi and they said no. How many motherf*ckers you done seen with the leather jogging pants? So when I see Hedi Slimane and it’s all like, ok, this is my take on the world. Yeah, he got some $5,000 jeans in there, there’s some good sh*t here and there. But we culture. Rap is the new Rock N Roll. We the rockstars. IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A MINUTE HEDI SLIMANE, IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A MINUTE. We the new rockstars and I’m the biggest of all of them.”

When I say, ‘Clean water was only served to the fairer skin,’ what I’m saying is, we’re making product with chitlins; T-shirts — that’s the most we can make. We can have our best perspective on T-shirts, but if it’s anything else, your ‘Truman Show’ boat is hitting the wall.”

“Look at Gaga, she’s the creative director of Polaroid. I like some of the Gaga songs; what the f*ck does she know about cameras?”

Kanye on Creative aspirations:

“What people don’t realize is, I want to make uniforms for my high school basketball team through brand Yeezy. I want to make that one step, and then make another step, and then eventually do uniforms for an entire city. Then I want them uniforms to be hot and make money. Then I eventually want to be the anchor and the force behind a billion-dollar company. And after I make that billion dollar step, then I can go in and say, Hey, I’ve got an opinion on this. And that can be a 10 billion-dollar step. And I eventually want to be the anchor of the first trillion-dollar company.”

Kanye on 'I am God' and how racism is still alive:

“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a God,’ everybody says, Who does he think he is? I JUST TOLD YOU WHO I THOUGHT I WAS: A GOD. Would it have been better if I had song that said, ‘I am a gangster’ or ‘I am a pimp’? All those colors fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a God, especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in, and you’re last name is a slave-owner’s, how could you say that? How could you have that mentality?”

Kanye on the Taylor Swift incident:

“I’m blessed and cursed by my level of education. To be a visionary, all you have to do is make decisions based off of your eyes instead of your ears and your memory. So at the moment of the MTV awards, I made that decision based off of my eyes: I was like, that’s not correct, that is invalid, completely invalid. Everybody else don’t move, that’s off they ears. ‘Oh, he gon’ get in trouble.’ That’s off they memory. They don’t move. They’re enslaved.”

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