Kanye West has revealed that he’s writing a philosophy book called Break The Simulation about society’s obsession with photographs.
During the chat, Kanye talked about how he believes that “all time is now,” explaining: “The future is here now, the past is here now. There’s certain people that you meet and you say, ‘Oh, you’re from the future.’ You feel this in their spirit, people who are just staying in a time where the time doesn’t celebrate who they are, and there’s other people right now who the time does celebrate, and those people end up more famous or notorious.”
“I’m big on connecting with timeless energy, with people and musicians that I’m around,” he added.
Kanye then revealed that he’s writing a philosophy book about a “new concept” that he has been “digging into”.
“I’m writing a philosophy book right now called Break The Simulation,” West explained. “And I’ve got this philosophy — or let’s say it’s just a concept because sometimes philosophy sounds too heavy-handed. I’ve got a concept about photographs, and I’m on the fence about photographs — about human beings being obsessed with photographs — because it takes you out of the now and transports you into the past or transports you into the future.”
“It can be used to document, but a lot of times it overtakes [people]. People dwell too much in the memories. People always wanna hear the history of something, which is important, but I think it there’s too much of an importance put on history.”
Kanye continued: “One of the things that I thought was interesting was how far people go in the past when you’re working on clothing. There’s people who will go and reference something from the 1920s or reference something from the ’40s, especially dealing with sportswear. My sports wear is athletic wear. I was working with a guy named David Casavant and we were looking at a jogging pant from the 1940s and we were looking at a jogging pant from the 1980s, and I thought it was interesting that he refused to go all the way back to the ’40s as a reference, that he wanted to keep the references close to now, to be here now. So I’m not saying that, you know, it’s bad to go all the way back.”
Elsewhere in the interview, West compared his wife to Marie Antoinette (“I see her as a representation, as a Marie Antoinette of our time”) and himself to Stephen Hawking (“I feel like Stephen Hawking. He changed his ideas and his theories all the time. After proving something right, he proved something wrong, right?”).
He also revealed that he recently enjoyed watching the Olympics, is trying to watch more documentaries and wants to see Wes Anderson’s new movie Isle Of Dogs.
“I don’t wish to be number one anymore, I wish to be water,” Kanye said at one point. “I wish to be closer to UNICEF or something where I can take the information that I have and help as many people as possible, not to just shove it into a brand.”
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