In a wide-rangingnew interview with Vanity Fair, musician-turned-designer Kanye West discussed fashion, music, and politics—and it appears he’s diving into the fashion world more than ever. When the conversation, which focused on West’s Sept. 16 New York Fashion Week Show, inevitably turned to his long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus, West didn’t offer encouraging words for fans of his music.
“We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people,” said West, explaining his choice to debut a new song, “Fade,” at the fashion show. “For the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they’d be happy to hear some new music. I’ve been doing that [making a new album] too. That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.”
When asked to clarify what that meant for the album, which West has said will be named Swish, he added, “I’m not sure. I’m not worried about the years. I’m worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I’m breathing. … It’s currently called Swish. I’m forgetting even what the last name of it was now.”
Aside from the Swish update, West shared a bevy of information about his fashion philosophy and buzzy MTV VMAs speech. He categorized his Yeezy Season 2 clothing line as “a sportswear concept,” elaborating that because “sportswear is less that 100 years old … we are in the middle of the expression right now for what this will say for human existence … with us, we have a time now that’s a mix between music, the advent of rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop, the 808 drum machine, the concept of tennis shoes or the sweatshirt. Where can that go?”
With respect to politics, West said he is “definitely” considering a presidential run like he alluded to at the VMAs. “I’d prefer not to run against someone,” he said. “I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’ … I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.”
West said that the relatively positive reaction to his speech didn’t surprise him because people realized, “Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.”
“It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child,” he added. “Eventually I want the whole world to accept me and I want the whole world to accept each other. My vision of life is that we have all of the information to live in a better world.”