Kanye West doesn't grant many interviews these days, but back in 2013, he sat down for a one-on-one with Jeff Broadway, the director and producer of the feature-length documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records.
To date, the full interview sat on the cutting room floor, but on Tuesday evening (March 7), HYPEBEAST unearthed the complete, 22-minute uncut video, during which Kanye talked about his Chicago upbringing, the connection between music production and fashion design, and "No More Parties in LA" originally being slated to appear on 2009's acclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Without question, though, the most entertaining portion of the interview comes at the very beginning, when Kanye is asked if he ever had the pleasure of meeting the late J Dilla. After explaining that he first met Dilla in Los Angeles when the Detroit native was staying at Common's home, Broadway follows-up by asking Kanye to describe his relationship with Dilla.
Kanye's response—braggadocious yet humble, complementary yet cocky—is everything you'd expect from the eccentric emcee and producer:
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Me and Dilla just focused on tracks. He had the organic feel but still the sonics would break through, and he could give you a warm sound that still cut through speakers. It's like he was making Quincy Jones production sessions just inside of his MPC. Most producers that can make music that knocks—90% of producers can make [music] that knocks—the sound is usually colder. And then my sound is usually very colorful and warm, but sometimes I'd be challenged on my mixes that everything didn't knock as hard as I wanted it to. Or, maybe by the time it came out, it did and people didn't realize I did 27 mixes to get to that point. But Dilla, every time. It's like that kick just sat so perfectly. And his swing, his shuffles on his beats, his snare choices, the way he sampled shit, it just sound like, it felt like drugs. His music just sounded like good pussy.
Every man and woman on Earth should seek out a partner who talks about his or her best qualities the way Kanye described Dilla's production genius in this interview. Listening to Kanye gush about the intricacies of Dilla's techniques and abilities is like listening in on a parent-teacher conference for an A+ student who shines Granny Smith apples and holds doors open for the librarians. Even if you can't stand Kanye, his high praise for Dilla will make you blush.
It would have been out of character for Kanye to answer the question without also throwing in a complaint or two—How did you not realize I mixed that song 27 times???—but his respect and admiration for Dilla it what shines through loud and clear.
Sadly, this interview serves as a reminder that not only did Kanye and Dilla never directly work together but Kanye's "sound" is no longer "very colorful and warm." Fingers crossed Turbo Grafx 16 is a return to form.
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.