10 Things We Learned From Kanye West’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Interview
One of the reasons Kanye West's interview on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' was so anticipated last night (Oct. 9) was because of the unpredictability factor. Were we going to see the docile Ye that showed up to the 'Kris Jenner Show' (remember that voice?) or the intrusive, ambitious one we saw during the Zane Lowe interview?
It turns out it was a little bit of both. While West was civil while speaking with Kimmel during the course of their chat, he did use the time to defend himself in a series of passionate rants disguised as answers. Except for the part where Kimmel informed West that people did think he was a jerk (a bit of a euphemism for some), the late night host gently asked questions and gave West the stage.
There wasn't a whole lot of tension, but there was a lot to learn. Here's 10 Things We Learned From Kanye West's Jimmy Kimmel Interview.
Kanye came from a middle class background, which is part of what made his rise in the mid-00s so noteworthy in what was then a predominantly gangster rap genre. However, Ye is still from dangerous city of Chicago, as he's rapped and noted in interviews time after time. Drug dealers wanted to exploit his creativity, but the bold 'Yeezus' rapper wasn't fazed at all.
"There were moments where I stood up to drug dealers in Chicago, I said, 'You can’t have my publishing, come and kill me, do what you’re gonna do but you’re not gonna bully me, you’re not gonna stop me,'" he told Kimmel.
West credits his mother, Donda West, for making him believe in his vision enough to stand up to such threatening circumstances. The same way he does with paparazzi. "It’s not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second," he said. Kanye's gully too, apparently.
As interesting as it was to watch, even the rapper had to admit his Twitter comebacks against Kimmel weren't some of his most clever. "We kind of just took it back to high school for a little bit," West admitted.
And does Kimmel look like Spongebob Squarepants? Maybe, but West says he posted the meme because it was the first thing that came to mind. Or is West a lowkey Bikini Bottom fan?
The most GIF-worthy moment of the entire interview was the deadpanned looked West gave Kimmel when he said, "I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people think you're a jerk."
He did go on a rant by the end of the interview, but West asserted there was a method to his madness. "I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it," he says. "I know you're not supposed to say that about yourself, and I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive." And GIFs are an awesome source of creativity, so thanks Mr. West!
One of the notable things West said in his Zane Lowe interview is how he spends 80 percent of his energy in fashion and only 20 percent in music. But when it came to his talk with Kimmel, he says, "I'm just here to make good music and make people feel good when they hear my music." So is he taking back what he said during that Lowe interview? West's logic isn't all that easy to grasp sometimes.
Although it was hilarious, the downside to Kimmel's infamously staged twerking incident is now some people are going to think every big event relating to the show is a publicity stunt. This was also suspected when it was announced that West was doing this interview because No. 1, this is show biz, and No. 2, this felt a little too good to be true given how West reacted to Kimmel's skit. That's not the case here because, well, West doesn't do publicity stunts. Like, ever.
The rapper sidestepped a little bit during the interview to question why Kim Kardashian can't get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "It's like people are so, so dated... There's no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn't have a star on the Walk of Fame," West said. We guess that issue crossed some people's minds watching the interview before he mentioned it. Or maybe none at all.
It looked like Yeezy's sense of humor died since he hardly cracked a smile during his appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' earlier this year. Pusha T also said in an interview that "people just really need to understand that he's really no nonsense." West did admit the skit where Josh Groban sings his since-deleted tweets was funny. Also, when Kimmel wondered if the MC sent his infamous tweets when he was on the toilet, West responded, "Yes, that's where I think of my best s---." The toilet: Your source of inspiration.
Although he does have plenty of creative ideas, Kanye West believe he's been denied the ability to be able to execute them because of his label as just a hip-hop artist. He reminded Kimmel that calling him a rapper sort of unfairly re-contextualizes his intentions. Even the best of the best have feelings sometimes.
West explained in his rant that one of the reasons he was offended by Kimmel's sketch was because he was at a wedding they both attended. Kimmel said in the interview that he constantly defends West's personality because he has met him. He even showed a picture of West meeting his father, who does look kind of like Wolf Blitzer.
The Arctic Monkeys' scheduled performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' had to be pushed off-air because of the length of the the rapper's interview. Is #NoDisrespectToArcticMonkeys going to be a thing now or no?