In the fourth installment of Kanye West’s much-talked about interview with Zane Lowe for BBC Radio, the Chicago-rapper opens up about his appreciation for Jay Z’s role in growing his career.
“I would not be here if not for a Roc-A-Fella chain.” Kanye told Lowe. “If it wasn’t for Jay Z’s blessing. If it wasn’t for his co-sign and his protection when I was in New York City dolo. I would not be here in the way that I am through the category of the drug-dealer filled rap game. Me as Kanye West as a young revolutionary coming out of Chicago would not have made it that far without Jay Z being my big brother and watching my back at all times.”
Kanye also spoke his feelings on the paparazzi, criticizing them for hurting the culture of photography with the way that they operate.
“Photography used to be a sexy profession. It was like being a ball player or like a rapper or like a venture capitalist,” Kanye offers on the paparazzi. “They completely changed what photography is supposed to mean. The same as how there’s like plenty of musicians that have sold the fuck out and changed the art of music. People don’t hold that to the highest level of genius anymore… Paparazzi is necessary, not even a necessary evil, It just needs to be legalized. Meaning at a certain point, there’s cutoff switches.”
Kanye also spoke about his thoughts on Kendrick’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” his excitement to go his upcoming “Yeezus” tour and his personal expectations that he has for himself.
You can watch the entire video of the fourth installment of Zane Lowe’s interview with Kanye West above.