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Photos and Quote From Kanye West, Who Wants to Redefine "Gay," in March's Details

Kanye Doesn't Sweat the Details as the End-All, Be-All of Music

Kanye West struck a pose for the cover of Details' March fashion issue. He's presently all about checking out the offerings at New York Fashion Week, but he sat down with the magazine recently to chat about his status in the music industry as well as his desire to redefine what calling something "gay" should mean. Here's more:

  • On being a great rapper: "Oh my God, I'm one of the greatest rappers in the world. I'll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I'll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn't have to think of it."
  • On being the voice of his generation: "If not me, then who? Someone could be a better rapper, dance better. But culturally impacting? When you look back at these four and a half years, who's the icon at the end of the day? Who broke down color barriers? What other black guy would a white person use as a fashion reference?"
  • On redefining the word gay: "Take the word gay — like, in hip-hop, that's a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I've encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y'know, I haven't, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person — the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design — it'd be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids'll say, 'Dude, those pants are gay.' But if it's, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it's on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it's, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, 'Dude, that's so good it's almost. . . gay.'"

To see more photos as well as what Kanye has to say about his sex drive and what he looks for in a future wife, just


  • On where he gets his drive: "People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex — to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic . . . "
  • On what he looks for in a lady: "What I feel like — 'cause I wanna be married, of course — I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that 'already flying and now we're just flying together' thing."
  • On his status in music: "Put this in the magazine: There's nothing more to be said about music. I'm the fucking end-all, be-all of music. I know what I'm doing. I did 808s in three weeks. I got it. It's on cruise control. . . Man, we talked about music for God knows how long! Now let's talk about how my f*cking sweater didn't come back right from Korea. That's what's interesting me."

Pretty standard stuff from Kanye at this point, but the rapper-turned-designer never fails to entertain.





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Libragirl Libragirl 8 years
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 8 years
TheCatsPajam, you crack me up:-)
Koneko Koneko 8 years
wow. he is so offensive.
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
He is bloody arrogant.. But not without reason. He likes to manipulate his audience and push peoples buttons. Its part of his Shtick.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
He's made some decent music but the rest of the time it's just yappity-yap-yap-crap.
AshLeeTa AshLeeTa 8 years
Im going to MARRY HIM!!
acyl acyl 8 years
Hahaha, shamontville!
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 years
oh god, I love him. I find him hilarious. Totally agree with everything emily88 and jillness have already said. One of the most enjoyable things about him is that 1/2 the stuff he says is really interesting and provocative, and 1/2 is outlandish and insane.
theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 8 years
Take the word KANYE — like, in hip-hop, that's a positive thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the Kanyes I've encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely conceited. Y'know, I haven't, like, gone to a Kanye concert, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to Kanye — the conversation would be mostly around, like, himself or being a dope rapper — it'd be really lame. From a hip hop standpoint, kids'll say, 'Dude, those beats are Kanye.' But if it's, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it's on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it's, like, Kanye does not do that, other people do that. I think that should be said as an insult. Like, 'Dude, that's so bad it's almost. . . Kanye.'"
HushStorm HushStorm 8 years
*rolls eyes* vomit time.
emily_88_88 emily_88_88 8 years
I have to disagree with the vast majority of you. I think he's hilarious. I don't take his words literally, because, well, he's an entertainer, and I am going to assume that he's just like that. I'm not going to be his best friend or anything, but the fact that he did an album in 3 weeks is pretty damn impressive, and I loved a lot of his music videos; a lot of them are really original and visually stimulating-- eg: Good Life, with all of the animations and graffiti-style art. Also, I like pretty much all of his songs. In ten years from now, when people do a montage of the last 4 years, yeah, I think his songs would be in the soundtrack. I think he has been consistently solid, sort of like how Coldplay always comes out with fantastic albums as well. And finally, I totally agree with Jillness in that I find it a great thing for Hip Hop artists to be pro-Gay. He's just unapologetically arrogant and uncomfortably sure of himself. Whatever. I can live with that.
hills hills 8 years
o and btw it was really funny when he said 'im the efing end all be all' its the other way around you twit! be all and end all is the phrase, hehehe, so hilarious, i wonder if he is really serious about all this, he just sounds so over the top i wonder if he is taking the can only hope.
PensaGrey PensaGrey 8 years
Umm... Kanye. There's a better way to do 'explosive ego'. Study Elton John and Prince. Very different angles and it just works. Sweetie, your angle is too sharp. *not like an Armani suit baby*
albamar albamar 8 years
Kanye ,You're not GOOD looking.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
What a dick. Not attractive at all either. I saw this from the 'my sugar' page and it made me want to vomit.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I like how Details put "the ego has landed" on the cover. His ego is so outrageous that it's honestly entertaining.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I think he's very talented and a good rapper, but DAMN Kanye, stop being so full of yourself!!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Oh Kanye...
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I've seen my cats cough up better looking and more talented stuff than Kanye West. He is useless and honestly not as good as the hype.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I take his boasting with a grain of salt. I think it is just part of his act. I am REALLY impressed that he has stuck his neck out repeatedly for the gay community. It has such a stigma, especially in the black community, and I think it is so fearless of him to stand up for them. He has made supportive comments before, and while they might not be the most articulate, I think it says something about his character that he would make the comments at all.
Jjackie Jjackie 8 years
Oh my God!! He s so hot, so macho, so viril!! Grand!!!
jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
lmao, tool
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
He is ridiculous.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
AHHH, Ican't stand him! His is so arrogant and ignorant!!
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
Am I the only one who disagrees with him being the voice of my generation? I really can't stand this man..He is so damn full of himself..he almost has this God complex. Its drives me batty! And really, I never knew gays were only good for talking art or design..what a dick!
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