Kanye West’s Revealing BBC Interview Re-Enacted By Kids

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Kanye West’s recent interview with BBC 1 is one of his most revealing to date. In case you missed it, the good folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live have re-enacted portions of it featuring adorable kid actors.

In the funny spoof, a kiddie Kanye angrily talks to a kid in glasses playing interviewer Zane Lowe. “How many motherf—ers you done seen with the leather jogging pants?” he angrily demands to know. “But we culture. Rap is the new Rock N Roll!” he yells, while sipping a milkshake.

The Kanye West interview–the real one, not the kiddie one– has everyone talking. The rapper/producer touched upon a variety of topics in the two-parter, including his creative vision and plans for world domination.

Some of the choice highlights include ‘Ye complaining that he makes music, but he’s frustrated that can’t expand into other lanes of influence. “You guys don’t understand. You guys don’t understand that I did the [Air] Yeezys and they E-bay’d for $90,000!” he said of his custom kicks. And people wanted them … bad as whatever. But I didn’t get a call from Nike the next day! You guys don’t understand that I’ve met with companies and they say, ‘What we’re trying to figure out how we can control you.’… If you’re an architect, if you’re a world builder and you have all these ideas … if you don’t ever get that out what’s going to happen?”

He also threw shots at Lady Gaga for being lauded for her creativity and using it to peddle cameras for Polaroid. “Cuz look at [Lady] Gaga. She’s the creative director of Polaroid … I like some of the Gaga songs, what the f— does she know about cameras?” asked Kanye.

Kanye got philosophical too, talking about our class-based society. “We got this new thing called classism,” West explained. “It’s racism’s cousin. This is what we do to hold people back … And we got this other thing that’s also been working for a long time where you don’t have to be racist anymore, it’s called self-hate.”

“It’s like the real estate of racism. Where, just like that, when someone comes up and says something like ‘I am a god,’ everybody says ‘Who does he think he is?’ He continued, “I just told you who I thought I was! A God! I just told you! That’s who I think I am! Would it have been better if a I had a song that said, ‘I Am a n—-r?’ Or if I had a song that said, ‘I Am a Gangsta?’ Or I had a song that said, ‘I Am a Pimp?’ All of those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right?”