Kanye West cries on Radio 1: ‘That’s never happened to me in an interview before’

The rapper appeared on Zane Lowe's show

Kanye West broke town in tears during an interview on BBC Radio 1 earlier this evening (February 26).

The rapper was talking about Louise Wilson, a British professor of fashion design at Central St Martins in London, who passed away last year, when he succumbed to his emotions.

“I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time. Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a 7 or an 8, pushing people to a 12,” said West, before recalling the last time he saw her, at dinner in London. “I didn’t know we were going to lose her,” he said before weeping on air. “That’s never happened to me in an interview before,” he explained after.

A BBC source confirmed to NME that the rapper was happy for the segment to be kept in the edited version of the interview. West also spoke about the importance of design in the interview, commenting: “The world can only be saved through design… art is to be free, design is to fix.” He also explained that design has informed his forthcoming new album. “This new album’s coming out of a fight to want to design,” he said, adding it came from “the beauty from the struggle”.

Last week, West claimed that his forthcoming seventh LP is “80 per cent done” and will be released as a “surprise album”. In an interview with US radio station Power 105.1, the rapper said: “[It’s gonna be] bars, songs, cookout music that just feels good. My last album was a protest to music, I was like ‘I’m gonna take my ball and go home’… This album is embracing the music, joy. Being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it.”

During the Zane Lowe interview West also discussed the Grammy Awards, comparing them to an “ex-girlfriend” as well as class separation, which he called the new racism. In addition, he stated: “I didn’t come here to be liked, I came here to make a difference”. West was previously interviewed by Lowe in 2013 following the release of his album ‘Yeezus’. Throughout that interview, West spoke at length on everything from the glass ceiling for black artists in the music industry to his own fashion projects, his perceived megalomania, his creative ambitions and his partner, Kim Kardashian.

West performed new track ‘All Day’ at this year’s Brit Awards ceremony. The performance sparked debate after large segments were muted live on air due to a repeated use of swear words.