Kanye West’s first television interview in three years was a mushy affair. Speaking to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner on Kris, her syndicated daytime talk show, West spoke mostly about his family and took the opportunity to reveal the first photo of his two-month-old daughter, North West.
A very calm and demure West demonstrated none of the arrogance and anger he’s displayed on TV in the past. Kris called him “adorable” for wanting to be in the Kardashian family Christmas card, adding “I love that silly, funny side of you.” West spoke a little Chinese. It was an odd hour. Here are the 10 most revealing statements West made:
“I’m supposed to be a musical genius, but I can’t work the car seat that well.”
“So Obama basically said we’re the new American dream. I just feel really happy the President mentions me so often — thank you very much, Obama.”
“The only thing I want to do in life is help people, and that’s what’s so disturbing about being written up in society as being some type of enemy. The last thing I would want to happen to my daughter is some crazy drunk black guy in a leather shirt to come up and cut her off at an awards show.”
“It’s sometimes difficult for me to deal with the press.”
“There’s times when I wasn’t with [Kim], I wanted be with her so bad I thought about taking up sports.”
“It’s hard to smile when you know that people, for one thing, they’re around you to only make money off of you.”
“I just dreamed about being next to [Kim]. I don’t want to start jumping up and down on the couch here.”
“Please don’t call me soft — as a rapper.”
“After I lost my mother, there was times I felt like, I would put my life at risk. I felt like sometimes I didn’t have something to live for. Now I have two really special people to live for.
“I can have people saying this is going to damage your credibility as an artist or a designer, and I say I don’t care, I love this woman. When the paparazzi surround you, people know you don’t like paparazzi, and they say, ‘Why would you be with this person?’ I’m being with this person because I love this person, and she’s worth it to me.”