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Kanye West’s 2nd A.P.C. debut

Today during Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West debuted his second collection with French brand A.P.C. The collection is said to be released in July of this year and you can see a preview of the styles above, as collected from various Instagrams. Looks like ‘Ye is still rockin’ heavy with an all-black aesthetic that features some Timberland style boots, all of which I like. Before presenting the collection, ‘Ye thanked A.P.C. creative director Jean Touitou and introduced his work and vision with this 5-minute monologue, as transcribed by Forbes.

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I would go to the [A.P.C.] store in New York down the street from my apartment. I just enjoyed the shopping experience. It made me want to buy things.

Everyone that, you know, came tonight knows that I’ve had a passion for a long time. I’ve dealt with this. Like because of how known [the brand] is, it’s so crazy how difficult it is. You know, it’s just everyone turns themselves into the cliché. Every factory I go to, every time I sit down and talk about it, it’s like whether I’m talking about clothes from the hip-hop side of things or talking about clothes with someone that is in the fashion industry to not have a prejudice against the U-shaped curve of success in your field.

It’s like if you had a housekeeper, and she was the best housekeeper in the whole world, and she said she had the idea to start being a florist. You would pay her three times as much to not follow her dream of being a florist. And what people don’t realize is actually my music is better when I’m allowed to eat my food and drink at the same time. I can walk places quicker when I’m allowed to use my right leg and my left leg.

It’s like if someone was like, ‘You’ve made so much with your left leg! You’re the best left-legged person in the world. You can never use your right leg! Why would you want to do that?!’ Look at that. And I swear everything is a cliché. You constantly fight against it. You are constantly to the point where just even in 2013 I just decided to turn up. I said, ‘You know what, I tried approaching it in a tasteful way. Let me try approaching it in an extremely non-tasteful way. In a very fuck-the-world type way. Where all of this is a dream. And instead of it being a nightmare or a frustrated expression that you can’t get out of, let me see if I can, like, get people to understand this.’

Sometimes when you’re in a box you have to punch your way out of the box. You can’t always do it surgically. Everyone was giving me the best advice on how to surgically punch my way out of the box of being boxed into one form of creation. Which if you go to my show, it’s 30 forms of creation at a show. You know. One form of creation. And Jean has given me the opportunity to take his experience, his taste level. Even if we don’t agree on things sometimes–you know, his levels of restraint, or my levels of turn up. Or sometimes his levels of turn up! Sometimes he’s the one who wants to bring out the leopard T-shirt and I’m like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t want to be the black guy that did the leopard T-shirt.’

It’s a balance of finding your own voice through creation. And sometimes like what [Jean] said about Saint Laurent, how you were really inspired by the way he dressed himself or how you guys are inspired by stylists that help you dress really good but were terrible when it came time to pick things and organize things. I think people have that perception about what I would do. And I think people have that same perception about myself and what I have learned.

We’re going to turn down in 2014. It’s just to have patience. This is basically my third presentation to the world. I mean I wanted to go to [Central] St. Martins but Louise [Goldin] said that I was too famous, so I basically had to learn clothes through Style.com, through Scott the Sartorialist, through Tommy Ton, and luckily I was rich enough to make mistakes and learn just by being a fashion victim, which I definitely have been a fashion victim, and to flip it from being a fashion victim to maybe a fashion icon to a person who can give an opinion, and that’s what I’m in the process of doing. So I just want everyone to be patient with me.

– Kanye West

Bruce Springsteen: Kanye West fan

It’s not often Bruce Springsteen makes the pages of Gowhere Hip Hop.

It is often Kanye West does.

Today, they both do because, Bruce Springsteen is a Kanye West fan. In fact, he says “Kanye West is incredible”. More high praise is below.

I wonder if at some point in your listening, because I know that you listen to everything and one of the things I treasured about your South By Southwest talk that you gave was how you erase genre and you said, “We should embrace everything that sounds right to our ears,” and I wondered if hip-hop was something at some point that kind of, the light went on for you and you got it or how does that work in relationship to you?

Well it was so present, you know. At one moment particularly you had “White Lines” and this was stuff that was talking about what was going on in the streets and in the inner cities with people who were struggling. And that was something that, I mean, I had my own context for that, you know, that I wrote about it in my own way. But it was the music that came along and gave voice to those things outside of what was then considered a protest music context, you know, and did so really beautifully. And so, you know, I’m not well-versed in it but I have listened over the years. You know, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., I listened to Tupac, I listen to Kanye West. Kanye West is incredible, you know. I mean, the record-making facility, you know, there’s a lot of hours in those records and they’re …

He’s a perfectionist like you.

I mean some of these, there’s like, just the production. And I saw him on television, he did the song called “Blood on the Leaves” on the Later…With Jools Holland — it was fantastic, you know. He’s a very, I still find him very interesting. I’m not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I’m driving around. But I do listen. I listen to a lot because there’s a lot of information in it and it’s just fascinating record-making.

Nothing super news worthy, I know, but hey: this isn’t the most expected story either. It’s cool to see a music legend like Bruce Springsteen praise on of hip hop culture’s biggest icons in Mr. West. Give the full Springsteen interview a read over at NPR.

The Yeezus Tour in Elevations

Kanye West just concluded 2013 by architecting a theatre experience with the Yeezus Tour.

Now, thanks to Interiors Journal, we can see the Yeezus Tour through an architecture lens. For anyone who attended the tour, you’ll instantly recognize the stage design through these three elevations above. Elevations are a common perspective that designers use to look at spaces, that in this case displays a 2-dimensional side view of the entire stage and a couple of the show’s iconic moments. You really get to see the artfully crafted use of space between Kanye and the show’s elements in this horizontal perspective.

On top of this, the first elevation shown of the three is available as a limited edition print on Interiors. You know I got one on the way already.

As someone who was moved by the tour experience (detailed here), an architecture college grad, an elevation-geek, and of course: a big Kanye West fan, these are simply some of the coolest visuals I’ve seen lately.

Kanye West working with Da Internz & French Montana

A Kanye West collab update, courtesy of a couple parties: one is Chicago producer duo Da Internz, as Kosine revealed on Instagram below that Yeezy asked for some beats. Watch the hot video preview below for something that I can easily see 2013 Yeezus rhyming over.

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French Montana also revealed to RollingStone that he’s been in the studio with ‘Ye. Says Frenchie:

We’re supposed to be working on a couple of songs together for his album. He got a special project coming out.

Both these collabs indicate a couple of “turn up” records on the way for Kanye West, but we’ll wait and see when they eventually see the light.