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Kanye West On Fashion, Frank Ocean & Caitlyn Jenner

Kanye West In Camera Live Interview

The "In Camera" interview series allows a global online audience — as well as the interviewee's friends, family and peers — to pose questions answered during a live and unedited broadcast. Today was Kanye West's turn.

On what it's like being gay in hip-hop: 

I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay. In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talents to break down barriers. Everyone thought that when Frank Ocean dropped that it was going to be bad for his career. I feel like it’s so cliché to speak about him as it relates to this subject, but there are people who broke the ground and he broke the ground. The people that break the stereotypes make history.

On what he first thought about when he learned of Caitlyn Jenner: 

The first thing I thought about was a black radio show host maybe possibly making jokes because the black culture is generally homophobic... Then it was like, ‘Fuck what people say. Fuck what people think.’ I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come. I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct [to say].

On what it's like for him in fashion: 

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that's not crazy. The highest art form is actually fashion. [Fashion] is a really interesting art form. I think it's racist when white people assume that when [I] use color it is a political statement... [My collection] was a painting. I’m not going to let anyone score points on me. …If it wasn’t my intention to be political and somehow people are giving it this credibility, I don’t want it. I’m going to reject it.

On fame: 

Fame is like the n-word... I always approach myself in a luxury way... I’m Michelangelo. There was a time I’m sure that people were sculpting better than him, but then he made "David."

Watch the interview below:

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