Switching things up a bit, Kanye wrote the cover story himself for October’s issue of XXL. He also served as the creative director of his own 40-page section. A few Taylor Swift related quotes below.
I stress that the incident wasn’t about Taylor personally. And it definitely wasn’t about race. Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it’s your show, Taylor. It’s your show, MTV.
The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend. How could I not, at a certain point, be like, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been at the awards show. I’m sorry.’ Not that I don’t deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.
I knew I wasn’t in a great spot publicly after the incident, but I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace. In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone.
On top of Kanye’s cover story, the issue (on newsstands September 28th) will feature stories on KiD CuDi, the G.O.O.D. Music family, Wiz Khalifa and the Top 10 producers-turned-rappers of all time.