Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Vocal Booth: KANYE WEST (Mock Interview)
Peace and blessings. Hope you have been good out there. Congrats to Nikki Haley for becoming South Carolinaâ€™s first female governor. Get ready to work because this state really needs help! Time has been breezing by; 2010 is almost coming to a close, but the music keeps rolling on. Lil Wayne is currently out of prison, T.I. & Gucci Mane both are back behind bars, Taylor Swift has sold over 1,000,000 copies of her new album in a week (not done this well since 50 Centâ€™s The Massacre), Speak Now, and the fourth and most busiest quarter of music is underway. Letâ€™s get to it.
The fall and winter music releases of 2010 (Fourth Quarter) are expected to be some of the most anticipated weeks in recent years. Artists from Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Black Eye Peas, Young Jeezy, Ke$ha, Akon, Chrisette Michele, Smif & Wessun, Jazmine Sullivan, Missy Elliot, Kings Of Leon, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and many more are all expected to release (and re-release) something during these holidays. An artist who is seemingly waiting in the wings to give his art to the masses is a Grammy winner, Producer, Emcee, Director, Writer, Trendsetter, and so much more. His current single releases (â€œPowerâ€, â€œMonsterâ€, and â€œRunawayâ€) and subsequent Twitter testimonies have only added fuel to his fire. Debuting in 2003 with The College Dropout and gaining huge success, this artistsâ€™ influence has only grown to gigantic percentages. Continuing his chart-topping success with his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th albums (respectively Late Registration, Graduation, and 808â€™s & Heartbreaks), Kanye West, coming off a self-imposed hiatus due to the turmoil that became his public life about a year ago, is ready to get back into the spotlight. After losing his mother, losing his girlfriend, and almost losing his mind after bombarding Taylor Swiftâ€™s acceptance speech for Video Of The Year, Kanye West returned to what he knows best; his music. After listening to a few of the various songs floating the internet over these past few weeks; nodding to most, but scratching my head to some; I wondered what it would be like to truly interview Mr. West. Here are the results from a few too many long nights.
THE DARK TWISTED FANTASY OF KANYE WEST (Mock Interview)
â€œRunawayâ€ is a movie that deals with love, loss, triumph, and an abundance of color. Explain the concept & purpose behind it.
Well to be honest, I often make records about my own insecurities and with the extravagance of King Tut. See my talent is so huge; that is why I wear this chain made of pure gold and outstanding charm. Some of my records used to deal with very unpleasant subject matter (remember â€˜Jesus Walksâ€™) and I was taught that in this business that being a follower is worse than being an A & R. See A & Râ€™s can at least give a â€˜thumbs upâ€™ or â€˜thumbs downâ€™ to someoneâ€™s dream; but as a follower, all you can do is walk in the path of someone before you. If this is what you choose to do with your talent; you might as well trail someone worth following. Someone likeâ€¦..umm (long pause)â€¦Me.
Excuse me for a minute Kanye, but the question was about the movie you did with Hype Williams, â€œRunawayâ€.
This movie was one of those obvious times where I felt like doing what I wanted to do similar to the Taylor Swift bullsh*t. It just so happened that I was in the position to keep confusing people about my real intentions to take over the world through my art Did you not see the â€˜Powerâ€™ video. Even Michelangelo couldnâ€™t f*ck with my vision.
Many feel that Hip Hop is a violent art from. Do you agree? If not, then what is Hip Hop?
Actually, any form of art is a violent action. Art is made to speak out and document the world around us and the world within. This world is violent. Around me is the best that money can buy. Do you see how secure and confining my slacks are? You can only get that look from having your own personal stylist who specializes in womenâ€™s garments. Like Pimp C always said, â€˜Smoke something B*tchâ€™; If you did that, youâ€™d be able to see how fresh and fly I am.
Letâ€™s get to the music. How is â€˜Dark Twisted Fantasyâ€™ coming?
Well my man Hype, who shot â€œRunawayâ€, was talking about doing another video for the project and that he wanted it to be something that was somewhat shocking. He had the idea of presenting me and my music in a way that was so different from â€œRunawayâ€. He was feeling all the records and told me to â€˜go â€˜head and switch the style up.â€™ I got everybody on this record. Think of somebody, anybody, and I bet I got them on this record.
Anybody? What about my man Wise Intelligent (from The Poor Righteous Teachers) or even Jim Morrison (from The Doors)?
You got to be out of your mind man; of course I got them on this record. Wise Intelligent is on a track called â€˜Hi-Literâ€™, where we talking about them freaks who do everything. You just rub a â€˜hi-literâ€™ over their teeth. If they canâ€™t brush the yellow off that means that they have a bunch of urine residue on those 32. Jim Morrison is on my outro, â€˜Break on Thruâ€™. Nobody has been able to upstage me from saying any acceptance speech for the thousands of awards Iâ€™ve won. Due to that fact, I decided to draw a line in the sand of anybody willing to â€˜Break on Thruâ€™ to the other side. Like Gucci Mane say, â€œIâ€™m the sh*t b*tch.â€
---Interview ended with his phone vibrating from his 11 minute reminders to update his University site and Twitter account.