Kanye West and Daft Punk are featured on the cover of the latest issue of Spin Magazine. You may not know Daft Punk by name, but if you’ve ever taken a listen to Kanye’s hit single “Stronger,” you’ve heard them before. The entire song is based around a sample of their song, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Doesn’t that sound familiar?
SPIN: You think Graduation is blacker than The College Dropout?
KANYE: Way blacker. â€œCanâ€™t Tell Me Nothingâ€ â€” how hood is that record?
â€œGood Lifeâ€ is straight Steve Harvey, all day long. â€œFlashing Lightsâ€? I never had a record that was that black. But itâ€™s white at the same time. Certain things are so good it doesnâ€™t have to be white or black. Thatâ€™s what Graduation is. Take â€œHarder, Better, Faster, Stronger.â€ Itâ€™s a white sample, but everything I do to it is to make it as black as possible. So Iâ€™ma make the bass as black as possible; Iâ€™ma make the lyrics as intense as possible.
SPIN: Are these choices strictly artistic, or are you thinking as a marketer, too? Can you separate those roles?
KANYE: I canâ€™t. Iâ€™m a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Haroldâ€™s for fried chicken. Itâ€™s all these things at once, because, as a tastemaker, I find the best of everything. Thereâ€™s certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, Iâ€™ma go get that. Like, on Christmas I donâ€™t want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I donâ€™t want my credit to look black. [Laughs]