Kanye West is on the cover of the May 2020 issue of GQ, and over the span of four separate interviews, he talks about everything from his relationship with Jesus, to his huge ranch in Cody, Wyoming, to his fully skateboard-able house, to the giant sports arena-sized development he plans on building there, to his continued plans to build single-family homes. You know, because that project went over so well back in California. And he also talked Trump.
Of the single-family homes he tried to build, Kanye would like everyone to know the city didn’t make him tear down those domes because they were unsafe pieces of plywood crap that lacked the necessary building permits. Kanye says they were building pieces of crap for the experience, but that the media twisted the story to make him look bad.
“A big misconception is that the city made me tear down the domes. We were only making them to experience the proportion and fully planned to tear them down. Like all of California, they got in front of the story. To say, ‘Oh, we took Kanye and tore down his domes.’ And you know, metaphorically, that’s what people have been trying to do since I was little. But as we can see now, they have not succeeded.”
Moving on, Kanye describes words as being “one of our lowest form of communication.” Ironic, coming from a person whose favorite sound is his own voice. Kanye says his previous goal was to become influential to other people, but now it’s to follow his own spirit. Translation: Kanye is going to keep doing Kanye.
“So look, I’m not telling anybody who they should vote on, what they should wear, where they should live. I’m doing me. If you just so happen to catch a photograph of me doing me, that’s what I was doing! I’m not doing nobody else in the photograph.”
Kanye considers himself a “born-again Christian.” As such, Kanye was asked how his faith plays into his politics, considering the US presidential election is coming up. Specifically, if Kanye is the same person as the MAGA Hat-Wearing, “slavery was a choice“-spouting Kanye of a few years ago. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that he’s the same.
“This is America. One in three African Americans are enslaved, and we go more crazy if, you know, someone scores a touchdown. Modern-day mass incarceration is right in front of us, and if I even use the word slavery, I’m treated like I’m a white person talking about slavery. I remember when I became a billionaire I was told not to say out loud that I was a billionaire. What?
‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’ is a victim statement. This white person didn’t do something for us. That is stemmed in victim mentality. Every day I have to look in the mirror like I’m Robert De Niro and tell myself, ‘You are not a slave.’ As outspoken as I am, and the position that I am in, I need to tell myself…I am the founder of a $4 billion organization, one of the most Google-searched brands on the planet, and I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color.
I’m definitely voting this time. 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!”
Kanye doesn’t even have to mention Donald Trump by name for you to know who he’s voting for. So I guess Kim Kardashian was wasting her time when she tried to educate her husband on the policies of his favorite politician? Although it’s worth noting that Kanye’s interview was conducted back in January, long before COVID-19 fully hit the US. So there is a chance that Kanye might have had a change of heart after he heard Trump recently brag that he’s got “total authority.” Sorry, Trump, but Kanye West is the official egomaniacal king of unchecked power.
Here’s more pics from the shoot:
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“Life is a song that's already been written, that takes your entire life to hear.” At the link in bio, @WillWelch spoke to Kanye West about the Yeezy campus he's developing in Wyoming, his next album, his “altered ego,” and his renewed faith in God. Photographs by @Tylersphotos.
Pic: Tyler Mitchell/GQ