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Kanye West Covers 'Details' March 2009

Kanye West Covers 'Details' March 2009

Kanye West takes the March 2009 cover of Details, on stands February 24. Interview highlights below, some NSFW:

On Kanye ready to pour all his “superhero” energy into conquering fashion: “Put this in the magazine: There’s nothing more to be said about music. I’m the f—ing end-all, be-all of music. I know what I’m doing. I did 808s in three weeks. I got it. It’s on cruise control. . . . Man, we talked about music for God knows how long! Now let’s talk about how my f—ing sweater didn’t come back right from Korea. That’s what’s interesting me.”

On having natural talent as a kid: “First beat I did was in seventh grade, on my computer. I got into doing beats for the video games I used to try to make. My game was very sexual. The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. Mind you, I’m 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You’d have to draw in and program every little step—it literally took me all night to do a step, ’cause the penis, y’know, had little feet and eyes.”

On what makes him so hard-working: “People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic.”

On being the voice of the voice of this generation: “If not me, then who? Someone could be a better rapper, dance better. But culturally impacting? When you look back at these four and a half years, who’s the icon at the end of the day? Who broke down color barriers? What other black guy would a white person use as a fashion reference?”

On using “gay” as a compliment: “Titles are very important. I like to embody titles, y’know, or words that have negative connotations, and explain why that’s good,” he says. “Take the word gay—like, in hip-hop, that’s a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I’ve encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y’know, I haven’t, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person—the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design—it’d be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids’ll say, ‘Dude, those pants are gay.’ But if it’s, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it’s on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it’s, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, ‘Dude, that’s so good it’s almost . . . gay.’”

Read the full cover story of Kanye, 31, at and be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes cover shoot video!

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49 Responses to “Kanye West Covers 'Details' March 2009”

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  1. 1
    cheninator Says:

    why does he always look constipated or as if he just farted? all the time.

    what an ugly person inside and outside.

  2. 2
    RM Says:

    Can’t he shut up? No-one cares about the rubbish he comes out with.

    And he’s not the voice of a generation either. He’s one of many rappers with a big ego!

  3. 3
    hannahh Says:

    STFU! He’s so annoying. No one cares that much about you’re music! There are no icons today. No one is talented enough to ever be an icon these days. Ugh get over yourself. Loser!

  4. 4
    Harry Says:

    What a pompous ass!

  5. 5
    Harry Says:

    What a pompous ass!

  6. 6
    icecream Says:

    I don’t think you can claim yourself to be a voice of a generation or an icon. Sure other people can do so (after a long time of reflection to assess your impact etc). But not you yourself Kanye. If he is the voice of this generation then I’m obviously not a part of this generation as I’ve only ever heard about 5 songs of his, all of which I thought were shite. Then again I hate almost all r&b/rap so he didn’t have much of a chance with me to start with anyway.

  7. 7
    [☆I n F a m o u s☆] Says:

    1 – his face looks like that cause he broke it (his jaw) in a car accident. oh, he almost died too. LOL
    2 – on the contrary.. obviously a lot of people care about the rubbish he comes out with. LOL
    3 – if no one cared about his music he wouldn’t have sold so many damn records. LOL or concert seats LOL
    the college dropout – 3x platinum. *multiple grammys*
    late registration – (sold over 860,000 copies, first week) 3x platinum. *multiple grammys*
    graduation – 3x platinum. *multiple grammys*
    808s – platinum.
    4 – most geniuses are.
    and i don’t even like his recently turned crazy-homō ass. hahaha

  8. 8
    freakyboy Says:

    What other black guy would a white person use as a fashion reference?

    What about Michael Jackson ? was Kanye born yesterday or what?
    With his thriller jacket and his glove and so much more,he was more black than ever when that happened.He was a HUGE icon and his music dominated the world (white AND coloured).He has broken down more barriers than this kanye ever did.End-all and be-all of music?!Even MJ hasnt said that abt himself.who says such things abt themselves?wth man.what the hell is wrong with him!

  9. 9
    Harry Says:

    #7 = OMG, you’re actually calling him a genius – now that’s laughable.

  10. 10
    that's hideous Says:

    he’s so full of himself it’s hard to take
    i couldnt even read the whole interview!

  11. 11
    yoyo Says:

    I don’t understand why jared keeps putting this prick’s picture up.

  12. 12


  13. 13
    Eric Says:

    New flash Kanye: Nobody cares. You just need to crawl in a hole and never come back out.

    Seriously, what is up with him? Does he realize how self-absorbed he is? And does he realize that nobody actually cares about his music anymore. He is a has been that people don’t care about anymore.

    And how many times does he say the word ‘like’ in a sentence. Learn how to speak!

  14. 14
    SHeively Says:

    At the end of the day, people always realize that this man is a genius at what he does!!!! Being confident and arrogant is Kanye’s persona so im glad he still has that despite all the crap he’s gone through. Say what you will about Mr. West but the music speaks for itself and everyone will get on board soon enough!!!!! 12 grammys in 4 years!!!!

  15. 15
    yo Says:

    #12 aka FERGIE FERG. If you call yourself “Fergie” I have NO RESPECT FOR YOUR UPINIONS ABOUT MUSIC!!!!!!

  16. 16
    sharon Says:

    This guy must be exhausted at the end of the day from hauling that gigantic ego around.

  17. 17
    [☆I n F a m o u s☆] Says:

    9 – he is, like him or not. none of his competitors are doing what he’s does. LOL my opinion doesn’t matter, neither does yours.. his peers think he’s the shiit. that’s what matters. LOL
    13 – you must live in a cave.. or under a very big dirty rock if you think he’s irrelevant in the music industry. LOL he probably has more grammy’s than you have friends. hahahahaha*pause*hahahahaha

  18. 18
    Romag Says:

    #17 stop kissing his ass, you’re the only one who is defending him.

    He is not an icon/voice of a generation and will never be anything near it!

  19. 19
    The Pundit Says:

    He’s a very sad little boy. No one CONSTANTLY engages in that level of self-congratulation without having an awful lot of inner demons they are trying to slay.

    For him, it is his DL lifestyle. He knows his Hip Hop “image” would suffer if the world knew of his many boyfriends, so he engages in the kind of swaggering braggadocio that is common in the genre, attempting to paint himself as an ICON, while hoping no one will look too closely at his private life and his “beard” of an ex-fiance.

    There are hundreds of other rappers/hip hop stars who ALSO think they are the “Voice” of their generation. But when you have only been performing for a few years, NONE OF THEM ARE ICONS, they are merely present-day celebrities. Ten, 20, 30, 40 years from now, if his music is STIIL referential (as are the Beatles, as is Elvis, as are the Stones, as is Chuck Berry and the legion of black R&B artists who defined early Rock&Roll, THEN he can be called the voice of a generation. For now, he is merely a semiliteralt little punk who should use some of his millions to hire a private tutor. It is shocking to know that his mother was an English professor, since he can barely speak on a grade-school level.

  20. 20
    The Pundit Says:

    “semiliterate” – At least I recognize the typo, while I seriously doubt Kanye would.

  21. 21
    King Says:

    After reading all these comments its obvious to see that most you people have never took the time out and listen to this mans music. I am a very big Kanye West fan and i agree that he is very arrogant and his ego is bigger then anyone in the music industry. But that is what makes him Kanye West. Voice of this Generation is an understatement. its been 5 years and he has 12 grammys and 4 Platnuim selling albums. Thats not an easy thing to do. You have to look at the facts instead of voicing opinions.

    And the fact is that he is the most recognizable artist in music!!!!
    Like him or Not….The Man gets the job done…Whether hes rapping or singing!!!!

  22. 22
    Mmmm Says:

    i luv him!!!!:P

  23. 23
    Bird Says:

    I think he might be slightly retarded.

  24. 24
    lakers fan in boston Says:

    i seriously had no idea what the **** he was trying 2 say….
    i ******* hating this ****, he thinks he’s the greatest but he’s not, i really doubt he will conquer the fashion world, very few ppl do and ALOT

  25. 25
    lakers fan in boston Says:

    i seriously had no idea what the **** he was trying 2 say….
    i ******* hating this ****, he thinks he’s the greatest but he’s not, i really doubt he will conquer the fashion world, very few ppl do and ALOT
    ………………..stupid **** just posted for no reason……….
    anyways, i doubt ur ghetto ass was even close to at computer when u were 12 u ******* bum

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