Kanye West watches himself as Will Ferrell in Elf , just trying to build everyone happy but too big to fit into the traditional mold.
Yeezy also would like you to know, “I will fucking laser you with alien fucking eyes and explosion your fucking head.” But, like, in a friendly way.
In an interview with W , West get real about his precarious place in the fashion industry with the help of lots of children’s movie metaphors.
In addition to Elf , West referenced Wreck-It Ralph , The Pursuit of Happyness and Despicable Me to exemplify what being an outsider in the field covered by fashion is like for him.
“I’m the elf that’s Will Ferrell, that’s too big for his hands to construct the dolls, ” says West. But he wants to stimulate the toys. Why? Not just so he could play with them, but he wants to bringing elation to the world. “I am a inventor and it’s my responsibility.”
But instead of toys, Kanye constructs sneakers. “I attain the Christmas presents; number 1 requested Christmas present of 2015 Christmas, going into 2016, the fucking Yeezy.”
But despite that, West still feels very much like an outsider and tells the industry’s skepticism of his design abilities is like if anyone told Michelangelo he could only paint cherubs.
Having his shoes sell up is good, but it’s not anywhere close to enough Kanye wants to keep building and defining victory on his own terms.
For me, fund is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success. Doing things to the maximum.You know what’s my definition of success? 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 falling a Charlie Sheen-level tweet and being like, ‘I am in debt and fuck you.’ Now what?
Now what, indeed.