This Week in Kanye: Apologies, Zane Lowe, and New Music

Kanye West and Zane Lowe
Kanye West and Zane Lowe courtesy of Pitchfork

by JULIE PODCZASKI

On Thursday, Kanye West stopped by Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show again, only this time, he wasn’t so angry. West spoke about his collaboration with Adidas, his upcoming album, why Drake is so hot right now, and even began crying.

When Kanye’s Yeezy Boosts released a few weeks ago, fans were shocked by the high price of $350. They thought the whole point of his collaboration with Adidas was to make products affordable. While West cannot control the price right now, he said he is working on it.

“Nothing should be exclusive. Everyone should have an opportunity to drink from the same fountain. The idea of exclusivity is a new colored people fountain. We have to reboot that mentality for an entire generation.”

Although he didn’t talk about his album too much, West related it to the beauty of the struggle. “The College Dropout came out of a fight to rap. This new album’s coming out of a fight to design.”

After hearing “Only One” featuring Paul McCartney and “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, fans are left wanting more.

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Meanwhile, Big Sean, fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist just released his new album Dark Sky Paradise where Drake and Kanye are featured on the single “Blessings.” After telling Lowe he was working with the hottest rappers, West corrected himself saying, “Let’s be respectful. The hottest rapper and one of the hottest rappers.”

One can assume Drake is being referred to as the hottest rapper, after he just broke his own record by having all 21 songs from his newly released album If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late on The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart for March 7th.

But, what brought Kanye to tears was not his fashion line or hot collaborations. He spoke about having dinner with Professor Louise Wilson, who he described as “the greatest fashion instructor of all time.”

“I think she knew that she was going to pass, and she just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward, and she was asking me about my daughter, asked me about my wife…

“And she said, you know, ‘So many students, they don’t give it their all, and the problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good when they’re two-years-old, three-years-old, their parents clap. Kanye, don’t clap.'”

He then covered his eyes and began to cry.

On the same day, Kanye publicly apologized to Beck and Bruno Mars following the interview.

Consequently, we got a glimpse at the follow-up to Yeezus last night. The new album will be titled So Help Me God.

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