- 06.12.13 01:42 PM EDT
In the buildup for the release of his latest Album, Kanye West gave a long and memorable interview to Jon Caramanica at the New York Times. He talked about his upcoming album and the musical evolution that got him there, his due-soon child with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, and a lot (a lot) about his legacy and influence on the world of culture.
In one notable moment, he rehashed his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift, and essentially saying if he had a choice to take back his action (the interruption) or his subsequent apology, he'd take back the apology -- and then hedged a little, because, he said, taking back the apology would be too big a "distraction."
Here are a few more memorable moments of Kanye West-style self-aggrandizing from the interview.
[My instinct to do things like interrupt Taylor Swift] only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
I’ve put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn’t put themselves in. Like what’s vanity about wearing a kilt?
On being the nucleus:
I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
Kanye's latest album, Yeezus, drops officially next week, on June 18. Last weekend, we caught him at Governors Ball where he debuted a track off that album, called "I Am A God."