6 Things We Learned From Kanye West's 'New York Times' Interview


A beatific Kanye West just executed his vision having five-albums executive produced by Yeezy himself, 36 tracks in total as part  G.O.O.D. Music's summer domination. Beginning with Pusha-T in May, and finally culminating with Teyana Taylor's long-awaited sophomore album on Saturday (June 23)…not to mention an album his own, his highly anticipated joint project alongside Kid Cudi, and fulfilling his promise to Barack Obama by doing the beats behind Nas' latest project.

Followers Jon Caramonica's work were wondering why he remained in Wyoming in the days following the ye album listening party, after the rest the members the media were long gone. Turns out that his visits to Yellowstone National Park weren't all for pleasure, as he'd be conducting a series interviews with Kanye for West's latest feature in The New York Times.

Here are six things we learned from Kanye West's most extensive interview surrounding his ye album yet. 

1. Kanye Confirms Drake Wrote the Hook on “Yikes” 

Days after ye's release (June 4), Hot 97 co-host Peter Rosenberg made bold claims that Drake wrote the hook to the album standout cut “Yikes.” Aubrey was eventually credited as a songwriter on the track. Kanye told Caramonica that Drizzy penned the hook and had also written a whole first verse on “Yikes,” but it didn't make the song's final version. Drake alluded to his contributions in Wyoming on Pusha-T diss “Duppy Freestyle.” “I just left from over by y'all puttin' pen to the sheets,” he rapped. 

2. Kim Kardashian Had Tony Robbins Stage an Intervention With Kanye

Kim had noticed that Kanye was down and lacking his usual self-confidence, which he later rapped about being part his “superpower.” “Really medicated, shoulders slumped down, and my confidence was gone, which is a lot the root my superpower, because if you truly have self-confidence, no one can say anything to you,” West told The Times.

Tony Robbins is known for his fiery motivational speeches and some his abnormal methodologies, such as having clients walk on hot coals. One interesting session at Yeezy's house had him stand up and screaming somewhat like a warrior. “I was so self-conscious about the nanny and the housekeeper that I didn’t want them to hear me screaming in the living room. I think that that’s such a metaphor something for the existence so-called well-f people that they’re not really well-f — they won’t even scream in their own house,” relayed West. Following some apprehension, Kanye reluctantly screamed and this was the beginning getting back to himself.  

3. Kanye Had None the Lyrics to ye Written Eight Days From the Album's Release

Yeezy has been known to work up until the last minute on projects and even sometimes through the deadline, as every album in the string five releases, outside Pusha-T, was late in making its way onto streaming services. The perfectionist Kanye is gone; much the vocals done on Yeezus were laid in the final 48 hours before the album was to be turned in, Kanye continued to tweak The Life Pablo days after its release. The 41-year-old already admitted that he scrapped his entire original project's direction following his controversial TMZ appearance. With only eight days to pen and record seven tracks, it makes sense as much the lyrical content on ye was noticeably lazy and levels below the rapping he exuded on Kids See Ghosts.

4. An Artist Should Be Irresponsible in the Way ] a 3-Year-Old

Kanye touches on how artists should not be critiqued harshly with every lyric dissected like it's a sacred religious document. He believes creatives should be allotted the benefit the doubt. “We need to be able to be in situations where you can be irresponsible. That’s one the great privileges an artist. An artist should be irresponsible in a way ] a 3-year-old,” said West. This sentiment ultimately comes back to whether should the public look to their favorite artists for morality. Recently, pop star Rita Ora came under fire for parts her new song “Girls” being harmful to the LGBTQ community. She later apologized for putting her truths into music and meant no harm.

5. Kanye Crowns Drake as the No. 1 Rapper Right Now

Drake and Kanye have enjoyed an interesting “friendship” throughout their decorated careers, a relationship that has pitted them against each other as rivals, but also as collaborators, during at certain points. Drizzy has contributed to West's last two albums but things changed when Drake ended up cutting Kanye's verse f  “Pop Style” for what he deemed as “business reasons” and replaced it with a verse his own. Yeezy has voiced his frustration with being shut out by radio at times and even took aim at Drake's radio success during a 2016 Saint Pablo Tour rant, where he enviously pointed out that Drake and DJ Khaled's “For Free” was seemingly on radio replay.

“Losing 'ruler,' 'king,' 'crown.' And it was this thing where it’s like okay, you’re not the No. 1 rapper, Drake’s the No. 1 rapper, but you’re the No. 1 with shoes, or this or that. And it’s like yo, no more No. 1s. What’s the No. 1 tree over there? Just be one them. All them are beautiful,” Kanye explained. 

6. Kanye Stands By His “Slavery” Comments on TMZ

Kanye seemed to undo all the good he had going with his informative interview with Charlamagne Tha God when he went up to TMZ Live the same day (May 1) and voiced that “slavery sounds like a choice.” He doesn't regret the “amazing experience.”

“I said the idea sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice. I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice,” West explained that the incident was a total misunderstanding. “That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works.”

He added: “What I would say is actually it’s literally like I feel like I’m in court having to justify a robbery that I didn’t actually commit, where I’m having to somehow reframe something that I never said.”