Kanye West Talks Jay Z Realizing Tupac’s Dream, Dame Dash Saving His Life + More
When asked during his Interview magazine interview how he dealt with the negative criticism “mentally, physically, spiritually” following his incident with Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards, Kanye West answered quite matter-of-factly:
It’s funny that you would say “mentally, physically, spiritually” because my answer before you even said that was going to be “god, sex, and alcohol.”
In the interview, Kanye says openly compares himself to innovators such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and others to give people a better context of his potential. West also remarked that one of the people he as often been compared to, Tupac, had a dream that has since manifested in the form of one of Tupac’s rivals:
You know, some different friends of mine have been showing me these interviews that Tupac did and how they’re very simple and to the point. I watched them, and one of the things that Tupac kept saying is that he wanted thugs to be recognized. Now Jay-Z is a multi-hundred-millionaire who came from the streets, so Tupac’s mission, in a way, has been realized. But my mission is very different from Tupac’s—and I’m not Tupac.
Kanye West is now a multiplatinum superstar who “moved his family out the country so you can’t see where I stay”. But according to West himself, he hated his first trip to France which was orchestrated by his former labelhead and the man who signed him to Roc-a-Fella, Dame Dash. Dame did more than organize the trip for Kanye and a few other Roc-A-Fella artists to go to London, especially for Kanye:
But at the time, there was a rapper out of Chicago who wanted me to show up at some event of his, and he was trying to threaten me in some way physically if I didn’t show up because we had done a record together. And Dame Dash had to man-up on the situation and apply a bit of gangster to have them fall back, just for me to be able to get on that first flight to London.
Check out Kanye speak on his continuous Best Album snub at the Grammy’s, what he wished Watch The Throne would have done for him and more here.