Kanye West is on the cover of the May issue of GQ; in the feature, he talks about his next frontier in the feature. GQ‘s editor-in-chief Will Welch conducted four different interviews with West for the story, including Los Angeles, where he attended West’s Sunday Service, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at an oceanside house, Paris following Ye’s Yeezy Season 8 fashion show, and Cody, Wyoming at West Lake Ranch.
As far as Ye’s current clothing development, the rapper and producer said that “We’ve been developing new products for two years now.”
“I love having the opportunity to iterate on a piece of apparel. It’s therapeutic and it brings me great joy. There’s times when people used to tell me, ‘You shouldn’t work on clothes.’ And I wouldn’t allow people to tear down my happiness,” he explained.
West believes that “Nothing is ever done,” and he even applies that mantra to his multi-year projects that are taking place in Cody, Wyoming. “The word ambitious is not allowed to be used around me,” West said. “Kanye West is nothing if not ambitious. Because ambition, when I hear it, it says that it seems like it’s almost impossible.”
“If you say, “Yo, it’s ambitious,” I need Venus and Serena Williams’s dad to run up and say, “How you going to say it’s ambitious? He said he was going to do it!” Have I ever not done anything I said I was going to do? ”
West explained to Welch that “time and space are man-made constructs,” after West was asked if the fact that nothing is ever really done slows down the momentum of everything that the artist that the multihyphenate is creating. “That’s my answer to that question right there. Art never fully explains itself, and art is never fully done,” said West. ” Me being normal—that’s not even a true statement. You know what normal is to me? An act. I can act normal, and that’s me as Clark Kent. But artists are people who have embraced themselves as a superhero.”
“When I visited the Tadao Ando Art Island [in 2018], there were three James Turrells next to each other and I said, ‘We need to live in a Turrell.’ The funny thing is, the first time I ever talked to Turrell on the phone was the night I ended the Saint Pablo Tour. And the last thing I ever said on that tour was, ‘The show’s over.’ Which felt like my mom talking through me,” West said.
He went on to explain that when he felt as if his mother was talking through him, he felt she was saying “My son is not just here to fill up these sports arenas. My son’s got something else to do.”