Kanye West appeared at the Cannes Lions festival yesterday in France where the rapper talked about everything from Instagram to how much of a boner he gets for his wife Kim Kardashian.
“I can’t be with any girl but Kim because that’s the girl I look at her pictures the most, I get turned on the most,” he gushed. So what about the public’s opinion about their union? “Two years of people not understanding an interracial relationship, two years of people not understanding the idea of the art world meets the pop world, you have to take the lash and be able to swim in the backlash.”
So what about getting slammed by blogs and tabloids?
“I get bashed so much but create so much, just know that if you want to be a boxer you’re going to get your face beaten constantly but then you may end up being a Mayweather or an Ali at the end of the day,” Yeezy said.
Speaking of being hit with negative press, Kanye weighs in on his laughably bad “Bound 2” music video:
“I still take a bashing for the Bound video. I always say that if Vogue had come out before the Bound video then everyone would have been like, ‘Oh it’s OK’ and that’s the endorsement. It took something established like Vogue to make everything OK and we had to wait. Like we had the wedding and then they were like ‘that’s cool now,’ because we were told by people who endorsed it.”
“Throughout my entire life because of the way my parents raised me, I was like ‘I have to work with the number one.’ I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z because that’s the number one. I can’t represent any company but Louis Vuitton because that’s the number one. Before Obama, there was Jesse Jackson, there were different people, talking about blacks particularly in America that were not allowed to drink from the cleanest fountain, to work with the best resources. It’s like Michaelangelo told he’s not allowed to carve with marble but told he’s got to use cement or something like that.”
On why it took four days to release the first photos from their recent wedding:
“I’ll tell you a little story about the Kiss photo that my girl put up. We – and this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon. She was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out of the wedding, because I think she was scared of the idea of celebrity. But because Annie pulled out, I was like, ‘I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz’s photos,’ and we sat there and worked on that photo for four days – because the flowers were off-color and stuff like that. Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the number one person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci – and how important Kim is to the internet. And the fact the number one most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.”