Vanity Fair woke up Kanye West from a nap last week to interview him about a little bit of everything. The bad news from that talk: it sounds like West’s hotly anticipated next album, Swish, is nowhere near completion. The good news: he is feeling good and getting excited about his 2020 presidential campaign. West also talks about art and praises his recent collaborator, the artist Vanessa Beecroft. She “deftly weaves through what we do for music performances and also for the performance we did today,” he says, referring to the fashion show she helped West stage for New York Fashion Week.
Here is West on the Old Masters:
I think if Michelangelo was alive or Da Vinci was alive, there’s no way that they wouldn’t be working with shoes, as a part of what they work on. Definitely one of the things they’d work on would be shoes. I’ve gone three years without a phone. I don’t go a day without shoes.
And here is West on sweatshirts:
Sweatshirts are fucking important. That might sound like the funniest quote ever. How can you say all this stuff about running for president in 2020 and then say sweatshirts are important? But they are. Just mark my words. Mark my words like Mark Twain.
West also delivers a nice riff about how his creative process is similar to the act of painting. Head over to Vanity Fair to read the whole thing.