Renowned producer Kanye West is no stranger to the rap game. He knows rap lyrics very well, even appearing on 1999s What You Do To Me, where he dumped a rhyme with the Infamous Syndicate (group consisting of Disturbing The Peace’s first lady Shawnna and now-Chicago DJ Teefa and).
Not much to say about Kanye’s production and his talent as a producer, the works speak for themselves.
After a near fatal accident that nearly took his life, Mr. West has bounced back and proved that adversity is something he can conquer. But why in the world does the super producer think his debut, College Dropout, is wack? The rapper/producer gives AllHipHop a lesson in double-talk.
Can you speak on the album and what exactly your fans and listeners going to
get out of this album?
KW: I mean just
wack basically, just some bullsh*t! I tried my best. I focused on making it
as wack as possible. A lot of hours went into it. Especially after the accident.
I went in and recorded that wack ass song with my mouth wired shut. It had to
be wack because the studio time for me to record it wasn’t even paid for. I
had to say I was doing something else. I made the wack ass video with the performance
shot in it. I just feel like its really wack because a lot of n*ggas rap about
jerseys. What I’m doing is wack obviously because it hasn’t sold any records
and it’s all based on record sales and your first week numbers. It’s not about
whether or not people like the music and it catches on, it’s about how many
spins you get. So you have to make a record that’s gonna get them spins. I haven’t
got any spins so its wack.
AllHipHop.com: Is there a
lack of push?
KW: I wouldn’t
say that, I would say it’s just cause I’m wack. I just think it’s some wack
sh*t, there’s not so many features on it and I’m a producer slash wack rapper.
Put that on top of it, it’s like I’m swimming in wack juice.
AllHipHop.com: You haven’t
started to get some of the people you made beats for to lend a helping hand?
KW: Nah, I heard
this one rapper I was working on who was like…I’m wack, I’m wack, I’m wack,
I’m wack, I’m wack!
AllHipHop.com: What about
maybe talking more about shooting people?
KW: I don’t want
to talk more about shooting people, I just want to be wack. I just want to talk
about making it out of an accident and how I feel about that and my relationship
with God. How I’m self conscious and how nobody will admit to that or how the
temptations I have as a man, when really I should be pointing at myself instead
of pointing at everybody else…basically I’m wack.
AllHipHop.com: So how can
we get rid of this wackness for you to get that push?
KW: It’s like the
people have to go and tell the labels…yo what he’s doing is not wack…..and
I guess they haven’t done that yet cause it is wack, still today. Obvious everybody
else is hot but I’m still wack. I’m sure after my album comes out, people might
start saying that it’s not wack, but I’m not expecting people to say that, I’m
expecting people to say that it’s wack. Once people say that, then I’ll be stupid
enough to go out and find other wack sh*t to do.
AllHipHop.com: We put you
on a mixtape once………
KW: Don’t do that,
don’t let them get into my rhymes or whatever. I just want to be wack. I said
I don’t know what’s better, getting paid or getting laid. I just know when I’m
getting one the other’s getting away. I said in an interview I don’t spit lines
in convo’s and XXL gave me a "Negro Please." So what I’m saying must
be wack. I said I’m not competing with producers, I’m competing with rappers.
If I want to be a rapper it seems like just to me in my own wack mind, that’s
what I should do, If I want to be a rapper. I want to mean something to the
hip-hop community, but they gave me a "Negro Please" for that too
so I guess that’s not what I should have been doing. I guess when I rap, I should
try to fit into what ever style the artists are using and see how similar I
can be to that. To try and be different and give my point of view to the world
is wack, but I’m just cool being wack!
AllHipHop.com: What about
a boycott? Maybe we should boycott the magazines…
KW: Nah I don’t
want a boycott, I wouldn’t want anybody to lose money!
AllHipHop.com: You losing
KW: Nah I got a
lot of money. I make a sh*t load of money, but not from rap though. I actually
lose money trying to rap. If your wack and you try to rap of course your going
to lose money…..put money to your wack ass video, your wack ass T-shirts,
the wack ass logo you designed yourself, the concepts you came up with, your
wack ass mixtapes? You’re gonna lose money, but hopefully it flips and it’s
not wack anymore and you’ll make some of that money back. The greatest accomplishments
of this year other than making beats for Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, working
on Jigga’s album, 50 getting a beat and working with Dre, the greatest accomplishment
is this artist from Germany gave me $10,000 to do a verse. I used to tell people
"you’ll pay less right now, but you’ll see in a year from now you’ll have
to pay more to get me to rap on it." Their like "whatever your wack"
and now I charge more for a verse. Another stupid thing I did was I didn’t really
go for any club records with the "featuring" and the DJ screaming
across it. I don’t know what it was and sh*t to sit and make song that was coming
from my heart? I guess it was kind of stupid! Having songs on there that talks
about family business, I talked about my cousin that’s locked up, my mother.
I love my Mom. I know that’s wack.