Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Here is an excerpt of the interview...
On how Kanye works with others:

Kanye's process is communication he literally goes around the room asking everyone there what power means to them, throws out lines to see how they're received, and works out his exact wording with whomever is around to help. But his output is most definitely entirely his own one listen to that consistently unique cadence, word choice, and sense of humor reveals that. Rappers, producers, and entourage are all welcome to offer ideas or phrases, but the funny thing is, nearly every suggestion is met with, that's really not at all a word I would ever say, but don't stop offering ideas, thanks!

On Kanye's sense of humor in the studio:
What does elicit a visceral reaction hard, heavy laughter is the wall of Kanye Commandments posted on ... sheets of paper on one side of the studio. They include the obvious 'No Tweeting' and 'No Pictures' and some well, some less obvious ones, too. Not that 'No Hipster Hats' and 'Just Shut the Fuck Up Sometimes' aren't rules to live by.
On Kanye's sleeping habits:
 During my five days in Hawaii, Kanye never slept at his house, or even in a bed. He would... power-nap in a studio chair or couch here and there in 90-minute intervals, working through the night. Engineers remained behind the boards 24 hours a day.

Nicki Minaj, on getting to know the real Kanye:

I didn't think that he was gonna like me. I always figured that he was one of those conscious rappers, so I thought that he wouldn't want girls to be dressed overtly sexy and I go to the studio and he has nothing but pictures of naked women on his computer that he'd invite me to look at. They were really artsy pictures, but you know he loves nudity, so it was a complete shock to me, cause I thought I had him all figured out, but I didn't. He was watching porn when we were in the studio... no shame in his game.

Kid Cudi, on not being a fan of sports: 

Kanye always asked me to play basketball, and I'm not athletic at all. What was I going to be, scorekeeper? So I would sleep in until they got done playing. I always had jet lag out there while other people were in the Hawaii groove already, but it worked out, because by the time they were done hooping, I was refreshed and ready to go. I dodged any sport they were trying to play, that's for certain. [Laughs.]

Grab the mag if you have a minute.


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