Letting his music do the talking! Unlike most of his typically outspoken and controversial interviews, the highlight of Kanye West‘s appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers Tuesday, Feb. 25 wasn’t any outrageous claims he made — but rather his performance.
The 36-year-old rapper was unusually charming and non-confrontational during his chat with the new Late Night host. Though West did, at one point, compare himself to Michelangelo, calling his music “sonic paintings,” the artist was especially thoughtful when discussing on his music has changed since welcoming daughter North, 8 months, with fiancee Kim Kardashian.
“Do you think she’ll be something that inspires your work?” Meyers, 40, asked.
“Yeah, totally,” West said. “Everything, and my approach to life. It’s changed it.”
“So very kid-friendly songs?” the former SNL alum joked. “Are you the new Wiggles?
“I think artistic, intellectual kid-friendly songs. Meaning, like, you go to Europe there’s nudity on TV.”
“Yeah, I’ve gone,” Meyers quipped.
“So it’s all in the way you’re raised and have an understanding and appreciation for what you’re looking at, what you’re hearing, and why you’re hearing it,” West explained. “If you think about the Yeezus album, cursing was definitely necessary. It would be like if you [asked] Quentin Tarantino, ‘You going to make G-rated movies?’ It’s Quentin Tarantino!”
When Meyers praised West for his ability in dropping curse words during his performances on Saturday Night Live, West replied with a laugh: “Dropping cursing is the least of my worries creatively.”
After the polite interview with Meyers, West wowed the audience with a five-minute performance of his greatest hits in chronological order by album. With an dramatic strobe backlight, West sang “Jesus Walks,” “Touch the Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All the Lights,” “Mercy” and “Black Skinhead.”
Watch West discuss fatherhood in the charming interview clip above from his appearance on Late Night.
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