Kanye West caught up with BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe this week, a year-and-a-half after their infamous interview from 2013.
During their 45-minute conversation, he shed tears for a fallen friend (British professor Louise Wilson) and reflected on how things have changed in his life since their last interview.
“Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time, of any fashion school ever. Notorious for not letting people stop at a seven or an eight. Pushing people to a 12,” said Kanye. “I didn’t know we were going to lose her. She said, ‘Thank you for the time we came to performance and this has really meant a lot to me.’ ”
Ye goes on to talk about his goal being to bring his ideas to the masses. However, his anticipated Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost is out now, in limited quantities… which he addresses with an apology.
“This is what I fought for,” he said. “None of this was about me having like a bigger house, a faster Lamborghini. It was about these kids having a moment to be themselves, to be a stronger version of themselves. I make this stuff to empower people.
“I want to apologize to everyone right now because I believe that season one might still be in that upper price point. There’s still the words ‘exclusivity’ being thrown around. Exclusivity is the new N-word. Not n*gga ’cause 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 concept. We have to reboot our mentality of a generation.”
Elsewhere in the interview, he praised Drake while saying that he recently filmed a video for “Blessings” featuring both Drizzy and Big Sean. “Let’s be respectable and truthful, the hottest rapper and one of the hottest rappers in the game, and I fall somewhere in that field.”
Kanye also talks about his new album, working with Paul McCartney, and much more. Watch the interview in his entirety below.