Kanye West at Design Miami/Basel Fair in Switzerland, June 12, 2013
Last night, Kanye West held an impromptu listening session for Yeezus coinciding with Design Miami/Basel Fair in Switzerland. He performed "New Slaves" a capella and introduced his album like only 'Ye would: with a passionate speech about his fight against dumbing down culture. Here it is transcribed.
“Right now it’s a fight against the separation and constant dumbing-down of culture, and I’m standing in the middle of it. So if you know what people say are my lowest moments, those moments where I sat and saw them try to dumb down culture, and I would not allow it to happen on my clock. [Applause]
“So when I used to go to fashion shows with my boys and we’d be eight deep, it was almost like a civil rights, like a sit-in. They wouldn’t even let us in. They had no idea what rap would mean to this world, what rap would mean to the art world. Before the Kendrick Lamars and the A$AP Rockys, it was Kanye West in a hotel room at the Le Maurice getting a ‘No, no, no, no’ to every single fashion show.”
“But I thought it was so important to get close to the artists who worked so hard on making a usable form of art— like this furniture right here, like everything that is in all these rooms that inspire us so much — and I fight in my position of being a very commercial celebrity boyfriend, I fight to push culture forward every chance I get. And I only frown because paparazzi ask me dumbass shit all the time, and I think about changing the world, and I think about what I can do to make things better. And, without further ado, I want to play you guys my new album. It’s called Yeezus.”
- Kanye West
First, I love that transition. Ha! Ok, here's my album. It's called Yeezus. But nevertheless, I'm with the Swiss crowd in [Applause] as well. I admire Kanye's voice, creativity, and fearlessness as a leader and I really can't wait to hear Yeezus and see the ensuing impact it has on culture. I'll leave it at that for now and include one more interesting snippet from Kanye last night. He calls YouTube "ugly" and talks more about his art background. Man, that woulda been cool to be an art student in class with Kanye, right?
[I hate YouTube because] the player is so ugly, and it’s presented in such a terrible manner. I want everything I do to be presented in an art context, as this is a form of sonic art. I was an artist originally, I have been in art school since I was 5 years old. I got scholarships to three art schools, Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Xavier, and the American Academy of Art, where I ended up going—and I dropped out because I had an assignment where I was supposed to do an ink painting or something, and I would take two weeks to do it, and when I looked at my work, I just felt that I would never be one of the great visual artists of the world. I just felt like I would end up like—and this is no knock to anybody that does this—but I felt like I would end up working at an ad agency or something like that. I wanted to make something of impact. I found that when I would drop samples, my friends would react to it more. I felt that I had a real talent in chopping and appropriating music.”
- Kanye West
Via Daily Beast
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