Kanye West Is a Blowfish, Among Things

The Kanye West interview from GQ has hit the newsstands, and it does not disappoint. The brief chit-chat with Yeezus appears in the August issue hits newsstands nationwide July 29


The Kanye West cover story is a Q&A along with a men’s fashion slide show offering Kanye’s monochromatic, tonal and neutral palettes advice on layering various pieces of clothing, apparently with just Timberland Shoes. Which is about the coolest thing I can say about Kanye’s style repertoire, as they are made in the USA, and I’m down with any American company riding a crest wave of that.

Here are a few excerpts of Kanye on his very long speech at his wedding, and why he is a blowfish:

Then they say you gave a forty-five-minute [wedding] toast to yourself.

Kanye: And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.

Does that kind of mockery feel like an effort to de-fang you?

Kanye: But also, there’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up?

A blowfish?

Kanye: Yeah. I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.


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