Never thought we would see the day when Kanye West would take the time to calmly explain his personal thoughts to paparazzi outside of a gas station, but hell has frozen over because that was the case the other day. On Friday, Yeezy was coming out of a gas station when he was swarmed by at least five to six photographers who began breaking his “don’t talk to me” rule by throwing questions at him. Instead of lashing out, he calmly stopped to chat with them while explaining that the day he allegedly attacked a photographer at LAX, he had just found out his grandfather was dying:
It’s not about being a superstar, it’s about being a human being. One of these guys was saying some bulls–t earlier about, ‘You’re supposed to respect doctors.’ You gotta respect human beings. It’s all good. My family is growing up. If you had a daughter and you guys were saying crazy s–t to me all the time, right. You say it to my family, you ask about this, I couldn’t imagine my daughter being four years old and you guys screaming at them. I think somebody screamed at Tom Cruise’s daughter. I mean, the guy set me up at the airport the other day, laughing and s–t. What I didn’t get to say on Jimmy Kimmel was that’s the day I found out my grandfather was not going to make it. He passed two weeks later. But when I’m coming out of the airport and it’s Kanye, whatever, f–k with him, we’re gonna antagonize him. I try and stop his camera and stuff. He fell down, faked it and people talking about, ‘Oh yo, why’d you hit that guy?’ I obviously didn’t hit the guy, but I’m going through s–t. I’m trying to have a business call. I know you guys are going to photograph me. I know it makes a cool photo. I got a cool a– car and s–t. I got a dope a– outfit on. It’s all good and s–t.
He also noted that he recognizes that the paparazzi are helping “Kim’s power,” even though they work his nerves.
We’re in this together. You guys help me influence, you help with the family, you help Kim’s power. So, I’m not trying to be at you guys any type of negative way. I don’t want you guys to be negative [with] me. I would prefer that we would have a decent relationship.
When one of the photographers asked Kanye when will they get to meet his daughter North West, he responded:
You’ll get some footage and photos, I think a few years down the line.
He also added:
You’re not going to be screaming at her or no bullsh-t!
As he got into the car, one of the photographers issued him an apology:
I saw the interview where you said that you were shy about being on the street. There was a lot of things we didn’t know about you. We were like, it’s Kanye, he should be proud that he’s on the street. Personally, I have respect for you, Kim and your whole family. I didn’t know a lot of things about you, bro. Sorry for the misunderstanding