Above: The NYT Style cover, cropped (below for full version)
Kanye West x Jon Caramanica is definitely a thing after the latter landed Kanye’s first interview in the pre-Yeezus run in 2013.
Here’s another instant classic, primarily centered around fashion and style as Kanye covers, naturally, the NY Times Style edition. Here’s a little blurb (and a BTS video + more photos) to reel you into the full piece here. Carve out some time for this lengthy read.
Kanye West was born in 1977, and raised primarily in Chicago. His father was a onetime Black Panther turned photojournalist; his mother was a college professor. He grew up with creative pursuits and social politics always on the agenda.
He draws a direct line between the sense of justice he was raised with and his quest to do away with elitism in fashion. “I’m not a celebrity, I’m an activist,” he says. “The fact that when I see truth it’s really hard for me to sit back and just allow it to happen in front of me on my clock makes me, a lot of times, a bad celebrity.”