Kanye West Makes Ustream Debut — Talks Album, His Influences, Music Videos & More

By Allen Starbury  |  08/07/2010

Kanye West on UstreamKanye West has become more and more eager to connect with his fans this year. First he hopped on Twitter last month, and on Friday (August 6), he made his Ustream debut for nearly a half hour from his ocean view in Korea.

During his live video stream, he chatted with fans, answering a number of questions before signing off to head to the airport, all while the sun rose in the background.

He discussed everything from his influences and the one person he follows on Twitter to his single "Power" and when fans should expect his next album.

We didn't watch his entire stream, but our people over at Rap-Up.com posted a nice rundown of the topics, as quoted below:

  • His fifth album will be dropping "sometime in November."
  • RZA, Pete Rock, Jeff Bhasker, and Q-Tip have all contributed to the album.
  • He originally considered doing a 30-40 minute piece for the "POWER" video. He may do a lengthier version later on. "This is not the full re-creation 'cause I still might want to do that."
  • He was scared to release the "POWER" single because he thought it was too reminiscent of "Jesus Walks" and "Amazing," but decided he needed to start embracing his past.
  • Avatar and the late designer Alexander McQueen's last collection inspired him. "Hopefully this album that I'm doing right now—if not this album then the next album—will be that master work."
  • His next single will drop in about 20 days. It's either going to be "Lost in the World" or "All of the Lights." He plays some of the latter at the 14:31 mark.
  • On following one person on Twitter (@ste_101): "… Feeling random, ya know. My moves are a little bit random sometimes. I'm not really that calculated."
  • He learned to be more particular about his videos after being unsatisfied with "All Falls Down."
  • His favorite music video that he's done is "Flashing Lights."
  • Kanye responds to someone in the chat who called him a racist. "I actually don't know a rapper before me that liked white people more than me, in all honesty. I don't know a rapper that wore tighter jeans. I don't know a rapper that collaborated with more white people. … In no way am I a racist."