Kanye West Reacts to Being Told “Yeezus” is Wack and Explains the “Bound 2″ Video

We get it. Some people are starting to get bored of Kanye West’s seemingly endless press appearances in support of the Yeezus Tour, but with every radio and podcast appearance, he shares something new, and always comes with a passion that is undeniable. If you think West is an ass, move right along and listen to some great new music from the UK or watch the Busta and Q-Tip video.

But, if you’re interested in seeing Kanye West respond to Power 105 host Charlemagne calling Yeezus “wack” and telling West that he’s a “walking contradiction” (around 5 minutes), or explain the “Bound 2″ video and how it’s supposed ”to look as phony as possible” (around 21 mintues), watch the extensive and fractious interview above.

I wanted to take white trash T-shirts and make it into a video. I wanted it to look as phony as possible. I wanted the clouds to go one direction, the mountains to go in one direction, I wanted the horses, because I want to show you that this is the Hunger Games. I want to show you that this is the type of imagery that’s been presented to all of us, and the only difference is a black dude in the middle of it.

YEEZUS SEASON HAS ARRIVED, AND OTHER MUSICIANS ARE TAKING NOTICE

In another one of his recent radio appearances, Kanye talked to Sway and things got very heated. Hear part of that conversation below:

UPDATE: Watch the whole interview with Sway below. Skip to the end to hear Kanye freestyle—without rhyming—over Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.”

  • ✨Don Draper

    damn ‘ye. I hear what he’s always trying to say or how he wants to come across but it all seems deeper than this. idk. and dude likes to say “we” a lot, but comes across like he’s the only one hurting in life and that just isn’t true. too much yelling won’t get your point across any better than if he was speaking calmly. and can we all, PLEASE, stop using the phrase “turnt up”?! #fuckouttahere

  • Jame1

    I think Kanye seems to forget that he is putting himself in a room with black radio hosts that do not have any skill other than speaking, of course they are going to try to slam him and make him look dumb. You can completely tell they are insecure as fuck because Kanye is on another level and they are the ones having to interview him. Everybody has some type of insecurity because everybody wants to be important and special. Males often like to feel superiority over one another. When they can’t feel this way, they get frustrated and embarrassed. In all of these interviews, it’s the same fucking shit. The interviewers try to start some shit to get Kanye riled up to make him look bad. It makes them feel good about themselves. I bet they go home every night like “Yeah i got Kanye pissed today”. What a bunch of fucking kooks. Then they act as if he’s being crazy even though they knew exactly what they were doing by purposely trying to get him riled up and push his buttons. Celebrities are human beings too and also have feelings. People don’t understand this shit because they have never been able to relate. They look at celebrities as “the highest class”. The mentality is “I can give this guy a hard time because he’s rich, famous and has everything that I don’t. So if I bum him out, who the fuck cares.” That’s bullshit. Money does not buy happiness you morons. I’m not saying Kanye shouldn’t be checked, he should be checked, but by somebody superior over him. Not some random ass radio hosts. Get the fuck out of here.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    If Sway wants the answers, watch “Shark Tank” and he’ll see why it’s hard to just “do it yourself”. Starting a business is not easy and especially if Kanye is trying to break into high fashion, he will need some of the current players on his side to co-sign his ideas. But like Kanye always says, it’s difficult getting European fashion people to believe in some black American rapper. So, I get where his frustration is coming from, but he didn’t have to fly off the handle like that.

  • some guy

    Charlamagne’s just had a personal vendetta against Ye for a while now

  • Jame1

    If the truth was known, it’s because he’s not where Kanye is in life. This happens in every industry. People only have problems with other people due to insecurity or jealousy. Because if they didn’t care and it didn’t bother them, they simply wouldn’t develop any type of extreme emotion towards it. This is the absolute truth and most people know it, they just will never ever admit it. Because nobody wants to admit being insecure. It’s easy for everybody to point fingers at Kanye. He’s out doing shit on a daily basis and getting everybodys attention. We are naturally selfish people, it’s always going to be about us, what makes us feel good and what makes others feel like shit in order to make ourselves feel good. It’s fucking ridiculous.

  • Abu Nazir

    I’ve always loved Kanye’s work but you can’t pretend that what he did was ok when Charlamagne said Yeezus was wack. We have had a slew of interviews with Kanye lately, and honestly, outside of the Zane Lowe and maybe the Bret Easton Ellis one, I’ve learned nothing new about him. And why? Because these radio hosts are wasting time with praise on praise on praise. We know Kanye is a fantastic musician. We know his tour is a cohesive, brilliantly designed clusterfuck of imagery. But what we don’t know is how West would properly defend himself against people who never warmed up to Yeezus. Part of what I enjoyed about the whole trip around this album, from the interviews, to the music to the shows to whatever else, is that it was polarizing. Why do we need to pretend that people who didn’t like Yeezus don’t exist anymore? Is it because of an awkward hesitance that came as a product of the Kimmel fall-out? I was happy to hear Charlamagne say what he had on his mind, and it pissed me off that Kanye ignored him. That’s so child-like.

    But hey, I guess if you know Kanye you know child-like behaviour comes with the territory haha

    TL;DR I’m a diehard Kanye fan (I’ve written fucking university papers on him), but would it kill him to PROPERLY and directly respond to the naysayers? Shouting ‘new slave’ every interview is no longer enough.

  • some guy

    Are you familiar with The Breakfast Club? Charlamagne takes pleasure in honing this prejudicial attitude towards anything Ye-related. Childish or not, it doesn’t bother me that Ye steamrolled over the man who’s made it his business to scrutinise his every move.

  • some guy

    Are you familiar with The Breakfast Club? Charlamagne takes pleasure in honing this prejudicial attitude towards anything Ye-related. Childish or not, it doesn’t bother me that Ye steamrolled over the man who’s made it his business to scrutinise his every move.

  • Justice Taylor

    Man, after watching the breakfast club interview & Sway interview, I realized that me, and tons of other people are putting Kanye on a pedestal. The dude has ideas and passion that no one else is voiced at all, but the way he’s handling everything is so immature. Passion and ideas don’t do shit without logic, and, whether you like this observation or not, Kanye is actually acting highly illogical and just stupid.
    (Talking at Kanye right now) After multiple times of approaching higher ups, you’re going to keep approaching them and expect them to accept you because you’re Kanye?? Fuck that. First, that shows lack of integrity. Don’t try to work with someone who isn’t fucking with you. Do your own thing. And second, who is are you to tell someone to accept him? He sounds like an insecure, butthurt little kid. If you want someone to notice you, work. Work hard. Do shit with people who are starting from the bottom as well and, if your PRODUCT is good, the bigger companies will fuck with you. And if they don’t, the people will, and you’ll be good regardless.
    (Back to you guys) Kanye is too busy putting himself on a pedestal and putting fashion heads on a pedestals to see shit evenly. Take a better look people. You’ll see what i’m talking about.
    And again, Kanye is my dude. But he lacks open mindedness, understanding of other people’s perspectives, thoughtfulness and rationality and thinks his shit don’t stank.

  • Jame1

    I completely agree with you. I have no idea why Kanye is even fucking with Nike or Adidas. If the dude wants to run shit in the fashion or product world, then stop going on tour, get solid venture capitalists (that aren’t douchebags) and stay in the office and start a clothing line and shoe brand. He seems to be wanting to head towards a different route with his career, but he’s pulled in between 2 completely different careers. One is being in the office every day, and the second is being a celebrity, rapper, doing interviews and concerts. He would for sure make more money running a company than he would being an artist but I think he might be too prideful to lay that down, because if he did, people would look at him like he’s falling off the hip hop scene. Even though he’d be banking way harder if he simply took advantage of his talents and creativity and pushed it towards a company and brands.

  • Devin Middleton

    People keep suggesting that Kanye just go his own way but don’t seem to understand that he already did that with Pastelle and it never took off. A reason Kanye’s stated going solo ground up is you cant get any of the best designers to work for you and that if you start at that small level, ppl are gonna label you an Urban brand which wont have any respect over in the UK (the biggest fashion market), and the distribution company will make you raise the price of your merchandise and he wants his brand to be affordable.

  • Et Ceter4

    agree with you, man. I just feel that no one is truly listening to what he is saying, the narrow mindedness blocks most from grasping the big ideas he frames with his words. although, like he said, he can have a bit better delivery.

  • Justice Taylor

    That’s a cop out, because how do you think those big companies got started? Nearly everything starts from the bottom and the best structures have a solid foundation. So, if in order to get good footing, you need to start from the pavement, oh fucking well. It’ll be worth it in the long run. And the reason pastelle probably flopped is probably the reason Kanye isn’t getting anywhere right now, he thinks he knows it all and too busy looking up at everyone who’s above him instead of looking around him and working together with the people who are on the bottom just like he is. It all takes time and a stable foundation.

  • Devin Middleton

    Generational Wealth is a real problem in the world tho. A lot of these companies started from the bottom, but didn’t have ppl trying to stop them. These guys aren’t a *Black* *American* *Rapper*. Many of these ppl had a wide open door and past generations worth of funding to help them build. What Kanyes saying is he doesn’t have that advantage, and the best designers in the world aren’t gonna work for him when the other companies can provide more n give them a better look n Ye’s clothes will always be considered ‘urban’ to the high fashion world. And remember, this is the European market. Much more high brow and traditionalist. This isn’t America.

  • Justice Taylor

    That is true, but who is he to jump into the industry and ask for the best designers? He has to make do with what he has, man. It’s easy to complain, he has to do something. And this time, he should start small; invest less. His Yeezus pop up stores are pretty good, but in my opinion, he has to push the envelop a bit more artistically.

  • https://twitter.com/spotlightali Spotlight Ali

    Asks for feedback and then blames his failings on others. Stuck in his own egotistical paradox.

  • Multi

    This started off cringey, then left me feeling extreme dislike, then pity, then compassion, then with a little more understanding.

    Looks like he really wants to do the whole art student/creative thing but comes off as try hard, which will not endear, open doors or garner respect amongst those that dwell there. He’s too verbose; get to the fucking point quickly and succinctly. He needs to learn where and how to input his emotions as it gets exhausting listening to him throwing tantrums and whining like a spoilt 9 year old and going over the same old tales like a grandpa on the source. Not sure he has enough raw talent to get there by himself- I suggest he hires people with more intellect in the fields that he wants to occupy- just like the rich do to get him there. Because underneath all that noise there is a message of some truth but the ride wasn’t worth the destination.

  • Multi

    Surely he has enough of a name to get some youngsters on board?

  • Multi

    Cream rises to the top (if you’re diligent and stick at it long enough).

  • Samuel Mollet

    To put it in a nutshell, Kayne just got no taste at all (concerning fashion). That’s why none of high fashion institutions want to believe in him.
    It’s not the fact that European don’t wanna believe in some American black rapper. Unfortunately Kayne got a bling bling reputation which seems justified. Just take a look at every picture you can find on the Internet, his outfits always is very far-fetched. Tryin’ hard to gather very expensive stuff such as LV sneakers with advanced sweaters or stuff. Fact is, that just totally not relevant if you wanna make it in fashion industry coz’ overall it shows a lack of good taste. As a european, I just see Kayne as the perfect example of what money can bring about without any judgement. Take a look at Theophilus London and his style. As a perfect counter example, this guy crafts every garment he wants to wear, and got such a good taste. He doesn’t earn bilions yet, he doesn’t own a records label company, but no matter how rich he is, high fashion establishment already fancy him for what he represents. http://www.theurbanprince.com/wordpress/kanye-west-anna-wintour-more-team-up-for-chanels-little-black-jacket-project/

  • Samuel Mollet

    To put it in a nutshell, Kayne just got no taste at all (concerning fashion). That’s why none of high fashion institutions want to believe in him.
    It’s not the fact that European don’t wanna believe in some American black rapper. Unfortunately Kayne got a bling bling reputation which seems justified. Just take a look at every picture you can find on the Internet, his outfits always is very far-fetched. Tryin’ hard to gather very expensive stuff such as LV sneakers with advanced sweaters or stuff. Fact is, that just totally not relevant if you wanna make it in fashion industry coz’ overall it shows a lack of good taste. As a european, I just see Kayne as the perfect example of what money can bring about without any judgement. Take a look at Theophilus London and his style. As a perfect counter example, this guy crafts every garment he wants to wear, and got such a good taste. He doesn’t earn bilions yet, he doesn’t own a records label company, but no matter how rich he is, high fashion establishment already fancy him for what he represents. http://www.theurbanprince.com/wordpress/kanye-west-anna-wintour-more-team-up-for-chanels-little-black-jacket-project/

  • Sociologist

    Charlamagne is straight up illiterate. How does he not get what Kanye is trying to say. “We just want to hear your music mann” Hes trying to accomplish goals that are bigger than a new song. He wants social change and he understands the power of industry on a capitalistic society owned by consumerism.

  • thib

    wow out of all the dumb shit ive read about our generations micheal jackson (IMO) this is the only one i co sign… but the thing is kanye is always 10 steps ahead and people will only get it once they see it… ie when he drops a whole gym just like he did with rapping

  • angiexmen

    I feel what you’re saying but, I actually thought that the Breakfast Club interview showed how un-child like he can be. Charlamagne was straight being disrespectful (what’s new) and for once – he didn’t turn up. He didn’t let him get the best of him and for that, was proud of him. I think all his interviews should be like that. Calm & collected so people can hear what he’ saying, and not quickly dismiss him because of the delivery. The Ellen interview was awesome, he explained who he was so awesomely that he won the whole audience over. And just wish he can be like that always – so everyone can see why we love him so much.

  • anon

    Lol dat nigga had a speech ready. What a hater