Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has discussed changing his style, focusing on acquiring more flattering clothing.
For Yeezy, persistence on color schemes and overall presentation is a key fashion change he has made.
“It’s so funny — I see photographs of myself from three, four years ago, and I had really similar look sense but it’s kind of like curating and getting rid of things that, you know, competed,” he told us from his perch on the front row of Phillip Lim‘s men’s show yesterday. “I had clothes that were, like, more in competition with me than complementing me.” For yesterday’s show, Lim dressed the rapper in a dapper black suit and blush shirt with a black boutonnière pinned to his lapel. “[It’s about] getting things that complement. I asked Phillip for this color,” West explained, referring to the shirt. “This is a women’s shirt he had, and I just felt this color would be really, really nice on my skin so I was really happy about it.” (In fact, Lim’s use of color is one of the reasons West says he’s so fond of the label.) West’s beauty routine is much simpler than his dressing process, even during Fashion Week. “I’m lucky if I just brush my hair,” he said. “I don’t have a routine like that. I take a shower? That’s about it.” (New York Magazine)
Speaking with New York radio personality DJ Clue last month, Ye discussed his new attitude and what it meant to have the “Rosewood” approach to life.
“That’s the Rosewood mentality, like affluence, like not cursing loud in public, pulling out chairs for your lady, opening up doors…That’s where I’m at at 33 and it’s ill ’cause I’m at this really good emotional, great place in my life, and they’re always saying in hip-hop that you have to be in a dark place to make great hip-hop. I feel like I rap better than I’ve ever rapped at this point. I be writing raps and I don’t even realize how positive they are. They just sound like regular good negative raps.” (Rap-Up)
Ye recently revealed making a change to his marital status by breaking up with model Amber Rose.
“Yeah man, it was an amazing time and it came to an end,” West said in an interview with radio host Angie Martinez. “One of the greatest things that she showed me was just to be a nicer person because she was so disconnected from the concept of celebrity when I first met her…A celebrity could be talking to people crazy and everyone’s used to it at the label like, ‘He’s wildin’ out. It doesn’t matter.’ [Amber] be like, ‘What?! You just talked to your fans so crazy right now. I’m not even talking to you right now.’ … I grew from that. I think that was the greatest growth that I got from that experience…My goal in life is to really have an amazing woman and have a family, but I think I had to go through these different things to grow…That was a one-off…I’m not trying to dive into anything unless I really, really think that I can marry this person. I look at this person and I say, ‘This is how I want my daughter to be.'” (Hot 97)
Another self-alteration Ye pledges is to exude joy onto his music, including his forthcoming, still-untitled album.
“Everyone says all great art comes from pain but I think my greatest art comes from excitement and joy. It’s a completely different perspective about being extremely excited about stuff that is only cool to me,” West said in a recent Rolling Stone office visit. “Like, when I tweeted, ‘What’s your credenza game?’ I was very excited about that credenza…It was important to not be limited by the art form of rap but to have rap bring it to another level. Is it rap or is it poetry? Is it spoken word? Is it [a] speech?” (MTV)
Check out a recent Kanye West interview below: