In an interview with the New York Times' T Magazine released Friday morning, Kanye West discussed his new clothing line. More impressive than the clothing line, however, was a shocking show of self-awareness from the hip-hop legend about his oft-maligned ego:
That was unexpected. Kanye is a polarizing figure. People love to hate him, but underneath all the "lofty rhetoric," Kanye is undeniably a hard-working artist who is making big moves in a music industry that has of late resigned itself to mediocrity. As Tom Barnes wrote for Mic, "Kanye may talk a big game. That's because he's playing one."
Though you hear more of his 'rants' than you do his self-aware quotes, this isn't the first time Kanye has offered a surprisingly insightful quote. For as many times as he says "I'mma let you finish," another quote surfaces like this one, from the documentary Rem:
"If everything I did failed — which it doesn't, it actually succeeds — just the fact that I'm willing to fail is an inspiration. People are so scared to lose that they don't even try. Like, one thing people can't say is that I'm not trying, and not I'm not trying my hardest, and I'm not trying to do the best way I know how."
The T Magazine quote is win for Kanye: He may have an ego, but at least he knows it.