Mr. West is most definitely in the building. Kanye West is featured on one of the covers of Time‘s latest 100 Most Influential People list for 2015, and the rapper proves just why he made the cut in an extended new interview with the mag.
The “Only One” performer, 37, waxed philosophical on a broad range of topics from his influence to his family to his place in history. “Every time I crash the Internet, it’s like this little drop of truth,” began West, whose social media prowess is famously dwarfed by his wife Kim Kardashian‘s Internet-breaking habits. “Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet.”
While West boasted about the impact he has on modern culture, the Grammy winner claimed that he places little emphasis on his enduring importance.
“I don’t care about having a legacy, I don’t care about being remembered,” he said. “The most important thing to me is like, 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 having joy, it’s like, what can I do? What can I do with my voice? What can we do for each other to make life easier, to make life doper for our kids, you know, as they grow. We were born into a broken world and we’re like the clean-up crew.”
“I’m not in a competition with anyone,” continued the father of daughter North West, 22 months. “None of us will be remembered. Our existence as a race, as humanity, period, is a blip, a millisecond of our life in the entire scope of the universe. All these walls that keep us from loving each other as like one family, as one race, you know… Racism, religion, you know, where we grew up, class, social, economics, all this… What makes us be so selfish, prideful? What makes us not want to help the next man? What makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to an entire legacy of a race?”
“The dinosaurs aren’t remembered for much more than their bones,” West added. “When humanity’s gone, what do we give to even this little planet that we’re on? What could we do collectively, removing the pride?”
West is infamous for his own pride, regularly comparing himself to the likes of Steve Jobs, Picasso, Michael Jordan, and Walt Disney. A protege of Jay Z, West attributes said self-confidence to his late mother Donda West, who died from surgery complications in 2007.
“My mother made me believe in me…” he said. “What’s the main thing that makes magic magic? The fact that no one believes it’s possible… I take things that people look at as a negative as an inspiration to do something better.”
“I think there’s school teachers that [have] the exact same mission as me, I think there’s police officers with the exact same mission as me…” added the notoriously outspoken star. “Just help. Just do everything you got, give everything you got. Our focus needs to be less about what our legacy is gonna be or how we’re gonna control each other, but more how we can give to each other.”
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