Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show may have been slammed as being a disaster, but he insists his fashion collaboration with Adidas is one of the ‘top four trendsetting brands’.Speaking to W magazine,he said
Think of how it is now – [Yeezy] is one of the leading trendsetting brands now; like top four trendsetting brands,”And, and that’s with little to no support on the apparel side. Meaning, I went and did a deal with Adidas and I basically still had to do the apparel in LA and build my own atelier and get consultants and build a team.’ So I refuse people who write me off as some rich kid taking a hobby, fashion as a fking hobby or a fashion plate.’
Kanye explained that his critics accuse him of putting himself on the ‘same level’ as other designers when they know very little about him as an artist.
‘No one, um – very few people even knew that I have a f****g Ph.D. in art, you know?’ he said. ‘And not that that would even make the difference, but me saying that makes the difference to the exact people I’m talking to it’s, like, shut the f**k up.
‘I will fking laser you with alien fking eyes and explode your f*****g head. Shut the f**k up – try to write a rap. Okay then. I made this fking T-shirt, now shut up. And it cost me everything I had and I gave everything I had.’
According to Kanye, he’s the fashion industry’s version of one of Santa Claus’
‘Play this sht back in 10 years – I build things that mean things to people,’ he said. ‘I make the Christmas presents; number one requested Christmas present of 2015 Christmas, going into 2016, the fking Yeezy.’I’m saying that to this date they do not understand who I am, ‘They will not understand until after I’m gone. I am misunderstood and there is no one in fashion that’s on my side.’
On his definition of success
You know what’s my definition of success?’ Kanye added. ‘Being able to be 39 years old, a black male, and articulate myself in this way and back it up.
‘My definition of success is dropping a Charlie Sheen-level tweet and being like, “I am in debt and fck you.” Now what?’