Kanye West Talks Yeezy Season 2, 'SWISH' Album, 'Fade' Song, Says He's 'Definitely' Running For President
Kanye West sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about Yeezy Season 2, his new collection of clothing line, 2020 presidential run, lessons he’s learned in design, his long-awaited new album SWISH, ‘Fade’ song featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Post Malone and more.
Yeezy says that he's definitely running for President in 2020 as he announced at the MTV VMAs last month. He also mentions that he’s not worried about the years it could take him to release his forthcoming album.
Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
VF: Sounds like a presidential stump speech to me. Are you still thinking of running in 2020?
Kanye: Oh, definitely.
When you said that at the V.M.A.s, I thought the reaction was surprising. People didn’t seem to dismiss the idea. You would have thought there would be more of an outcry.
Especially from the six years of this misconception or the six years I went through of “We don’t like Kanye.” And then as soon as I said that, it was like, “Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.” I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time. Rap is great.
It’s fun. It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child.
I know we’re here to talk about the fashion, but people are just a little bit interested in the album. It could be another year?
I’m not sure. I’m not worried about the years. I’m worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I’m breathing.
Then you’ve got to keep swimming. Is the album still called Swish?
It’s currently called Swish. I’m forgetting even what the last name of it was now.
In terms of the soundtrack, was there a reason you chose that particular song, “Fade”?
We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people. For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they’d be happy to hear some new music. I’ve been doing that [making a new album] too. That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.
How do you juggle designing a collection with everything else you have going on?
It’s family first. And then when I work on music, I’ll sequester myself and work on it with a team of three, four, or five really focused experts for two weeks at a time. And then with apparel, the office is right across from my house, so I go to the office every day.
Read the full interview at Vanity Fair.