Can he get much higher? A mild-mannered Kanye West told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, Jan. 29, how his marriage to Kim Kardashian and their life with daughter North have made him an all-around “better human being.”
“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the rapper reflected of his marriage. “Which is something you have to understand when you partner with people in business.”
In the background, a photo of Kardashian, 34, and West, 37, exchanging their first kiss as husband and wife, flashed across the screen as the audience swooned in response. Smiling, the notoriously outspoken artist added: “And I’ve learned how to shut up more. Yeah, I think I’m a better human being because of her, and because of my daughter.” See the cutest pics of North West.
West specified what had prompted this attitude transformation. “I always have someone to think about going home to,” he explained. “And, you know, something for me to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family too. Cause there are things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way, so now I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect too.”
DeGeneres noted that she saw this change in him, as well. “You are calmer, I think,” she said. “You don’t seem like, angry… And I think your emotions are grounded in a way that they come out in protection and love… They’re channeled in a different way.”
On his notorious past — which included declaring (onstage!) at the 2009 VMAs that Beyonce, not Taylor Swift, deserved Best Female Video, as well as memorably claiming that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” — West likened himself to his 19-month-old daughter.
“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos,” the “Runaway” hitmaker mused. “My daughter, she wants to express herself, and she just doesn’t have the words for it. And for me, there was so many things I wanted to do with film and clothing, and I just didn’t have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it being that I was a rapper.”
With that being said, West admitted that some of his crazy stunts were actually beneficial to his career. “The definition of crazy is trying to do the same thing and expecting a different result,” he mused. “So I tried something different over the past couple of years and I actually got some really good results from it too.”
West added that he has a new album on the horizon, but they’re “still trying to find the vibe” before naming it. “We’re just creating,” he said. “So we haven’t found it yet.”
One thing that is certain for the Grammy winner is that he and Kim want to expand their brood as soon as possible. “Yeah, we’re trying,” West shared, adding that he “just wants whatever Kim wants.”
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