Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West invaded the Rolling Stone office this week to preview cuts from his upcoming solo album and explain the comeback process.
Details and footage of his latest cross-country stop hit the Internet Friday (July 30).
After gesturing for all the office’s interns to join him and ask questions, West said he’d love to work with Lauryn Hill (“she’s last of a dying breed”) and Thom Yorke, made frequent references to Anchorman, Dodgeball and Semi-Pro, and joked that Twitter was designed with him in mind. “Rock stars just get scared and just run away from popular culture,” he said. “It takes so much for me and Eminem to come back and embrace [it] and say, ‘You know what? We have to deliver this on a major level to make a difference.'” (Hip Hop N More)
Earlier this week, West visited the office of social network site Twitter.
Kanye West’s tour of Silicon Valley continued. After meeting withFacebook on Tuesday, the newest celebrity to join Twitter stopped by the micro-blogging service’s headquarters for a visit that included him rapping new material from his as-yet-untitled album. “I admit my first watch was a Fossil, now I’m in the Louvre looking for fossils.” “Lyrically can’t none of ya’ll murder ‘Ye ’cause y’all raps ain’t got no vertebrae/ And we all know the beats is like a mix between Fergie and Jesus.” (Rap-Up)
A day prior, Yeezy shocked fans by showing up at FaceBook and freestyling new material.
Remember when Kanye first debuted he repeatedly said how much he wants to get respected as a rapper? Well, by now anybody with ears for rapping can attest to Mr. West’s lyricism. Thanks to continuous reports and co-signs from hip-hop heavyweights who heard tracks off Good A** Job, the anticipation for the album continues to rise. Adding fuel to the fire, this clip of Yeezy humbly spitting several verses off his upcoming LP at Facebook HQ just adds a smile to our faces. “I am the day Ice Cube meets Mike Jackson. Keep them away, huh? Something might happen.” Yea, son hear it for yourself. (Complex)
Following his set, West blogged about the experience.
“To all my friends at Facebook, Many times in life I’ve had to deal with moments of doubt. And as it’s been a minute since I’ve performed any fresh material in front of an audience, this could’ve been one of those moments… but it wasn’t. Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best. The energy was so inspiring I had to keep going! I just hope you got as much from me as I got from you…which was everything! Love to all my fans, especially at Facebook. Kanye West.” (Kanye West’s Blog)
Check out footage of Kanye West at Rolling Stone below: