Never one to shy away from self-promotion, Kanye West has spoken to the New York Times about his upcoming eighth album Yeezus and, in true Kanye style, unloads a goldmine of amazing quotes, even saying that the album was influenced by furniture designer Le Corbusier. "Architecture - you know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, greatest inspiration", he said.
West refers to himself as a "minimalist in a rapper's body", referencing his decision to bring in producer Rick Rubin to the project. Rubin, who oversaw the latter part of Johnny Cash's career, has also produced acclaimed records from the likes of Run DMC and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"I'm just a kid learning about minimalism", said West. "And he's the master of it."
"It's just really such a blessing, to be able to work with him. I want to say that after working with Rick, it humbled me to realise why I hadn't - even though I produced 'Watch The Throne'; even though I produced 'Dark Fantasy' - why I hadn't won Album of the Year [at the Grammys] yet. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person"
He went on to say that he has no regrets over the infamous stage invasion during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the Grammys, but that he does have some apologies to make.
"It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is. I think I that I have, like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn't perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure."
Yeezus will be released on June 18th.