Interviews with Kanye West have been few and far between post-The Life of Pablo. He’s popped up on Steve Harvey’s radio show and tried to preach to a daytime audience on The Ellen Show, but for the most part, he’s let the music do the talking this time around.
Today, though, he popped up on BBC Radio 1 — the London station he’s had a good relationship over the years, especially when Zane Lowe was there — for a lengthy interview over the phone.
Check out a couple choice quotes from the interview — which BBC picked out and highlighted on their site — below. (Kanye’s audio quality isn’t at a premium, but you can still catch on to what he’s saying.)
On art and expressing yourself:
“People couldn’t give an F about how many cars you got any more. It’s about the way the music sounds, where you’re going, the experience you’re going to hanging out with your friends, the type clothes that you’re wearing – all of that’s art.”… “How about dreaming out loud? How about feeling that something can happen to make the world better and inspire people? Is that OK for one second?”
On being called “crazy”:
“People say, Kanye he’s so crazy, he’s this, he’s that. People call you crazy so much you start to believe it yourself.” … “I don’t feel crazy any more! It was always like – it’s going to be one of two things, either i’m crazy or everybody else is.”
He also shared his loose opinion on politics (and becoming president):
“We’re numb. We’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago last year. We’re numb that there were dozens of police shootings in the beginning of July. We’re numb to places on the earth where we don’t live. Our life is OK, but it’s OK for other people’s lives to not be OK.” … “When I’ve talked about the idea of being President, I’m not saying I have any political views, I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity. On people. On the truth.”
Here’s the full interview.