Another day, another Kanye West rant. We’ve grown very accustomed to the rapper taking to inappropriate forums to express his often angry, passionate opinions, which are frequently concerned with fashion and his place in the industry. The latest victim of West’s rage is rapper and radio host Sway Calloway, who interviewed him on his Shade 45 radio show yesterday, and the conversation turned sour as soon as the topic of West’s failed clothing line came up.
When asked why he couldn’t break into fashion on his own, West screamed: “You ain’t got the answers, Sway! I’ve been doing this longer than you! You ain’t spent 13 million dollars of your own money trying to empower yourself!” Sway mentions that he’s struggled with trying to launch a clothing line as well, but West was not impressed. “But it ain’t Ralph level. What’s the name of your clothing line? We don’t know.”
Read on for the very best of the rapper’s fashion rants, listed in alphabetical order.
Barneys New York
“That’s that broke n**** racism. Don’t touch anything in the store. Excuse me that’s that, ‘Can I help you sir?’ That’s that racial profiling out in front of Barneys and s**t. Talking about, “Did you steal that? And it’s that rich n**** racism, that’s come in… Come in please buy more, please buy more… I know you just got some money and can’t wait to spend it, n****.”
“This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s—. I don’t f— with celebrities. I f— with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place. The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f—ing deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f— up!”
“[We were] giving Fendi our designs and getting them knocked down… [We] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many motherf—kers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?”
“When I see Hedi Slimane, and it’s like, ‘OK, this is my take on the world,’ yeah, he’s got some nice $5,000 jeans in there, it’s some nice ones here and there, some good s**t here and there, but we are culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We are culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We are the rock stars. It’s been like that for a minute, Hedi Slimane. It’s been like that for a minute. We the biggest rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them.”
“Now I know y’all don’t know who the fuck Hedi Slimane is, but let me explain to you who he is. He was once a friend of mine…And I used to wear his tight ass jeans when I was on tour and get called names for it… [He was] somebody who actually had a vision and was not put in a position of power. Cuz I’m telling you, my friend, they be sellin’ you bullshit. And Hedi Slimane was a guy who didn’t serve no bullshit…But a God to recognize another God. But a God needs to recognize another God. So when he told me you can come to my show, but you can’t come to see Phoebe [Philo] and you can’t come to see Riccardo [Tisci], that was odd.”
“I wanted to meet with the head of Louis Vuitton. He said I don’t understand why we need to meet with you. I said, ‘Let me explain to you why you need to meet with me. Everybody in New York City right now, don’t buy any Louis Vuitton until after January. Now do you want to meet with me?’ Influence. They think that I don’t realize my power.”
Menswear (in general)
“Just driving through the city and I see a few things I hate… I hate button up shirts with hoods. I hate hoods with sport coats. I hate sport coats with button up shirts, jeans and dress shoes. I hate khaki trench coats with jeans and off brand work out sneakers. I hate khaki cargo shorts. I hate big ass striped scarves. I hate long ass sideburns with line up RnB beard.”
“They try to act like people ain’t line up for the Yeezys. [Nike CEO] Mark Parker tried to son me. Yes. Son me because I am the sun and I will shine bright. And when I don’t have as much money as a billionaire and when I don’t have the factories that, that dude has over there, what I do have is my voice. Ain’t no corporation that can take me away from my voice and I’m going to scream at the top of my motherfucking mountain as loud as I want. Anything I want. Whenever I want. Is that crazy? So I’m going to make the announcement on Monday with the corporation that finally let me get an opportunity to create.”
“The old me might have taken this Nike deal because I just love Nike so much. But the new me with a daughter takes the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my daughter.”
Shoes (in general)
“Shoes. You put on shoes everyday. You walkin’ down the street with no shoes, somebody might think there’s something wrong with you. You walkin’ down the street with no headphones, it’s like, ‘Oh what’s up? No headphones today? Cool!’ No shoes? ‘Look, man. What’s going on? You having problems with the family?’ Socks, at least. Sandals. Flip-flops. Sandals with socks. Keep it gangster. No flip-flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at. No flip-flops on black dudes. Wear some hot-ass Jordans on the beach.”