Kanye West debuted his second Yeezy collection in conjunction with Adidas last month at New York Fashion Week, which was met with decidedly lackluster reviews. Expressing some mixed emotions about his role as a fashion designer, the rapper-designer feels the fashion world has discriminated against him because he’s not gay.
“I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay,” he told SHOWstudio in a recent interview. “In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talents to break down barriers. Everyone thought that when Frank Ocean dropped that it was going to be bad for his career. I feel like it’s so cliché to speak about him as it relates to this subject, but there are people who broke the ground and he broke the ground. The people that break the stereotypes make history.”
He then went on to say, “The first thing I thought about was a black radio show host maybe possibly making jokes because the black culture is generally homophobic. Then it was like, ‘Fuck what people say. Fuck what people think.’ I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come. I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct [to say].”
West continues to talk race and gender throughout the entire two hour interview. “This world is broken, so someone needs to say something. And sometimes I just feel like I’m the only one that’s not crazy.” He also thinks he deserves respect and a real shot at being an artist and fashion designer (and president, obviously). “I just want a chance to drink at the clear fountain,” he said. “I want a clean shot. I want a clean bat to swing at the wall with.”
Watch the full interview below: