Kanye West Just Wants to Bring Joy to the World Like Will Ferrell in 'Elf'

"I'm the elf that's Will Ferrell, that's too big for his hands to make the toys," says Kanye West, comparing himself to fashion's version of Ferrell's character in 'Elf.' Once Kanye West gets going, he really gets going.In this interview with Lynn Hirschberg, the rapper and W royal touches on art school, music videos, Steve Jobs, and why he wants everyone wearing Yeezy.

Released on 9/15/2016

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Starring: Kanye West

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00:04
I loved hip hop and just turnin' the music up loud
00:08
and playin' it the entire car ride.
00:11
And I found, you know, when I was in art school,
00:14
I had worked three weeks on a piece,
00:16
and my friends would come over and just look at it,
00:18
and then leave.
00:20
I always felt like I was, I don't know,
00:22
like I wasn't gonna end up being a fine artist one day.
00:26
The opportunity to put moving art against the music
00:30
was one of the best parts
00:32
about being a professional recording artist.
00:35
Nah, I get tired of making videos now.
00:37
(laughter)
00:38
I barely wanna stand in front of the camera at all.
00:40
I'd rather just do things where I'm just using my mind.
00:43
Very few people even knew that I have a fucking PhD in art.
00:47
And not that that would even make the difference,
00:49
but me sayin' that makes a difference
00:51
to the exact people I'm talking to.
00:53
It's like, Shut the fuck up,
00:54
I will fucking laser you with alien fucking eyes
00:57
and explode your fucking head.
01:00
Shut the fuck, try to write a rap.
01:02
Okay then.
01:03
I made this fucking t-shirt, now shut up. (laughs)
01:05
And it cost me everything I had.
01:07
Another parallel, Elf, I'm the elf that's Will Ferrell,
01:12
that's too big for his hands to make the toy.
01:15
But he wants to make the toys.
01:16
Why?
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Not just so he can play with them,
01:18
but he wants to bring joy to the world.
01:21
I am a creator, and it's my responsibility.
01:23
39-year-old Kanye West, talking to you right now.
01:26
Play this shit back in 10 years.
01:28
I build things that mean things to people.
01:32
I make the Christmas presents.
01:34
To this date, they do not understand who I am.
01:38
They will not understand 'till after I'm gone.
01:41
So you ask me who would I look up to.
01:43
I'm like, I'm inspired by Walt Disney.
01:46
I'm inspired by Howard Hughes.
01:49
I'm inspired by Henry Ford.
01:52
I'm inspired by Steve Jobs.
01:54
For me, money is not my definition of success.
01:58
Inspiring people is the definition of success.
02:02
Doing things to the maximum.
02:03
I wanna change the definition of status quo.
02:07
And that's what I want.
02:08
I want my shoes,
02:09
I want as many people to be able to have them as possible.
02:13
Because in 100 years from now,
02:15
everyone in this room will be dead.
02:17
And what did you do while you were here?
02:20
What difference does anything make that I'm saying here?
02:22
Other than if there's people who can help
02:25
with what I'm saying, and people who believe in me,
02:27
come, help now, call now, call 1-800-CALL-NOW.