“Every time I crash the internet, it’s like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful, out loud, it literally breaks the internet.” So spouts Kanye West in Time magazine, which, in its infinite wisdom, decided to put him on one of five covers of its 100 Most Influential People issue. He even managed to relegate his wife to a mere cover line.
Time got someone already familiar with spacey talk to write the intro. Not Anna Wintour (good guess), but Elon Musk, the South African entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX, a space-transportation company established to facilitate the colonization of Mars. He writes: “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list…Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process.”
Here are other uncomfortably delusional and/or not entirely logical things Kanye has apparently been thinking about…
“When I entered the fashion world and I encountered a lot of elitism and all that, it just made me happy. It was something fun. We had the entire world against us. It was like absolutely no allies whatsoever. The pressure of that was crazy. It was like a Super Bowl.”
“I remember sitting there with my fashion publicist and we were supposed to do the re-sees. This is the thing where the editors after a show come back and see if they like the collection. We had like two or three people come and see it and take a picture with Kanye. I said, ‘Do we have any more editors coming?’ Deborah said, ‘No, no one else is coming!’ And I looked at her and said, ‘This is great. Remember this moment. Because it won’t always be like this. Embrace this moment, where no one came to see the collection.”
“I think there’s schoolteachers that are the exact same mission as me. I think there’s police officers with the exact same mission as me: just help. Just do everything you got, just give everything you got. Our focus needs to be less about what our legacy is going to be or how we can control each other, but more about how we can gift each other.”
“I don’t care about having a legacy, I don’t care about being remembered. The most important thing to me is while I’m here, while we’re having fun, while we’re going to sleep, and breathing oxygen, and living life, and falling in love, and having pain and joy, is what can I do with my voice?”
“What’s the main thing that makes magic magic? The fact that no one believes it’s possible.”