Kanye West: I’m Making Music With Taylor Swift (LISTEN)
Kanye West says he plans to record music with Taylor Swift. The rapper revealed the news in an “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” interview on Wednesday, during which he also gave a longer explanation for his controversial decision to come on stage when Beck won Album of the Year at Sunday’s Grammy Awards and later rant about how Beyonce deserved the honor instead. Listen to the interview below.
When Seacrest mentions a potential West-Swift collaboration, West divulges, “Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of, like, how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.”
He adds, “I think that everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyonce, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever, and they can be reciprocal with that, I’d like to be involved with that.” West actually says Swift came up to him right after his Grammys stunt and said she supported it.
As for the stage rush, West explains, “You know, what I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk because you know the Grammys, they play music really quick no matter who you are and everything. So I didn’t want anything to take away from his screen time. So I just walked back down because you know, it was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves.”
His reasoning is… interesting. West says, “Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is — and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards — is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow, this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an a**hole to everyone.”
He feels Beyonce was not given the proper respect from the Grammys because the Grammys exploits her popularity and talent without honoring her craft. West says, “The Grammys are capitalizing off the amount of views that Beyoncé gets for them and still not laying that brick of truth and being respectful towards [deserving artists] — because Beck says afterwards, literally, says, ‘Hey I think Beyoncé should’ve won it.'”
West had plenty more to say about Beyonce, Beck, Swift, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, the American Dream, wealth, making luxury fashion available to the masses, and a lot more. Listen to the full interview with Ryan Seacrest below, and tell us what you think.