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Kanye West on the underground, great pain & Renaissance painting

Say what you will about Kanye being a douchebag occasionally.

...but he also gives great Twit. And he is, right here, right now, onto some next level shit.

 

"Great art comes from pain"

True enough.

"I forget the word but there's people throughout history that there responsibility is to be conveyors of truth onto next generationsthere's a word for that type of personand I feel like I'm type of person that needs to carry on the truth that needs to tell the story not his story, to tell the story. It's like Raphael painting Jesus's wife knowing that the pope would have his head."

Okay now.

"It takes so much for a me or an Eminem or you know, to come back and embrace and say, you know what, but we have to deliver this on a major level to make a difference. It's just such a shame that all your favorite artists are so underground. It's like not cool for no one to hear shit anymore. And that's the hipster justification of failure."

Yes yes yes!

More importantly he is wearing some very nice suits. And I hear his forthcoming album is going to have some trippy collaborators from "the underground" which will blow our minds.

Follow him now.

(Note: I have categorized this as an Interview even though it is more of a Monologue. If you think about it long enough, you'll realize the best Interviews are in fact just guided Monologues.)

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Alec Hanley Bemis lives in Brooklyn, NY but spends a lot of time in California. He obtained his B.A. in History from Yale University. His writing has appeared in LA Weekly, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, AsthmaticKitty.com, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. In 2001, he co-founded Brassland, a record label that documents the work of a growing community of musicians, including The National and Nico Muhly. Currently he continues to run Brassland, consults for the UK-based music company All Tomorrow's Parties, co-manages The Dirty Projectors, and acts as general manager at Cantaloupe Music. In the past, he has taught in New York University's graduate journalism program, produced projects for the new media-design firm, Funny Garbage, and written for Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve.