Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon recalls his “friendly” argument with Kanye West

The pair disagreed over the meaning of an over-used word

Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon has recalled the time he got into a “friendly argument” with Kanye West about the real meaning of an over-used word.

Vernon, who hails from the Midwestern state of Wisconsin, shared the anecdote during an interview with The New York Times in which spoke about learning to become more assertive.

“I got in a friendly argument with Kanye West about the word humble once,” Vernon recalled. “He said, ‘Have you ever looked up the word humble?’ I was like, ‘Actually I don’t know if I have.’ And he showed me the definition of it, and it’s far more self-demeaning, kind of the problematic Midwestern ‘Sorry!’ mentality, than I realised.”

The singer-songwriter continued: “I took a lot out of that conversation. Ultimately, I think it’s great to serve others and everything, but I think there’s a certain point where it’s diminishing returns for the people around you if you’re not showing up and being who you are.”

Bon Iver’s new album ’22, A Million’ is due on September 30. Vernon’s band have also announced that they will tour the UK next February in support of the album – check out all the UK dates below.

Blackpool, Empress Ballroom (February 10)
Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre (12, 13)
London, Roundhouse (15, 16)
London, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (19)