Kanye West has a lot of opinions that rub people the wrong way—and he’s completely aware of that. “I’m sorry,” he says in a new interview with Style.com. “I’m a human being. I’ve got opinions. I’m not always right, I’m not always on time. I don’t always say things in the proper way, but my intentions are extremely pure. My purpose is extremely just.”
Although West’s interview with Style.com was focused on his new fashion line with Adidas, the rapper didn’t just talk threads: the “Only One” singer also touched on his family, who he is, and racism.
“With my first collection, they would say, ‘I want to see more of you.’ And I didn’t even know who I was,” he said. “And it was far less defined who I was, and I didn’t know who I was until I had a daughter. And then I realized that the purpose of life was to protect her and my wife at all costs. And that is who I am.”
West’s familial devotion has been coming across in his music as of late, namely the recently released “Only One.” Written by West, the lullaby is told from the perspective of his late mother via sweet lyrics like, “I talked to God about you, he said he sent you an angel / Look at all that he gave you / You asked for one and you got two.”
The Spike Jonze-directed music video for the song features West and North, his daughter with Kim Kardashian, hanging out in a dreary field and exchanging loving looks. West’s desire to keep looking at her—and his wife—are partly what inspired his Adidas collection, which he says was influenced by “workwear, utility, the idea of being a dad, no time to look in the mirror because I’m looking at my daughter, I’m looking at my wife. And I’ve got to take her to dance class.”
But the interview wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows: West also dropped some of those aforementioned opinions when the interviewer asked about diversity in fashion. “Racism and the focus on racism is a distraction to humanity,” he said. “It would be like focusing on the cousin from your mom’s side versus the cousin on your dad’s side. We’re all cousins. We’re all the same race.”
He went on to say that racist people make “the journey interesting.” “We came into a broken world,” he said. “And we’re the cleanup crew. And we’re only cleaning up by helping each other.”
Helping others is one of West’s current themes—in a recent interview with Complex, he referenced photos of him fixing Kardashian’s pant leg. “That’s what I want to do for the world,” he told Complex. “I want to get on my knees and fix everyone’s pant leg, if they’ll have me.”
For more on West’s desire to help, his thoughts on racism, and how he got into the fashion world, read the full interview on Style.com.