I've watched so many Kanye interviews that I can hear his impassioned (and occasionally loud) voice in my head while reading the interview he did with Steve McQueen (I copy and pasted my favourite bits). He's such a phenomenon. I love that he (his ideas, fashion, statements etc) almost always sparks a discussion. That's such a new but important extension of a great creator/innovator/leader/whoever, that I hadn't really thought of before. I think it has a lot to do with radicalism. Great leaders have to be radical to inspire change. Someone who fucks up your entire structure and organization of thoughts and ideas by nonconforming. Someone who shows you that you can do something whichever way you think of it despite other people's opinions, judgements or barriers. Every entrepreneur/innovator/artist/creator that I'm fascinated by is radical (in some way). Radical thinking/living, to me, is the embodiment of living outside the box and eventually (hopefully) starting or inspiring revolutionary and fearless living. One of my all time Kanye quotes was in the Zane Lowe interview when he said:
"If you're a Kanye West fan, you're not a fan of me. You're a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I'm just the espresso. I'm just the shot in the morning to get you going to make you believe you can overcome that situation that you're dealing with at the time."
I believe/agree with every inch of that statement because that's how Kanye impacts me as a person/artist. I'll play "Can't tell me nothin" the first time I ever get a check from music... unless it's like £1, then I'll just buy a chocolate and work harder.