Kanye West’s ‘GQ’ Interview Teaches Us How to Be Cool In 13 Steps
If you think that when you've read one Kanye West interview, you've read them all, you couldn't be more wrong. Sure, the themes tend to be the same — being the best at everything, the idea of celebrity, the idea that Kim Kardashian is the most perfect human to have ever walked the earth — but West always has new and different ways of explaining these things. In Kanye West's recent interview with GQ , he touched on all of the above, but one of the most exciting parts came toward the end when he listed all of the things that he thinks are cool. As he explained, "I don't like walking around with people thinking I'm doing uncool shit, because there's nothing I'm doing that's uncool."
This made me realize, that not only was Kanye West listing things he finds cool at the end of the piece, the entire interview is peppered with things he finds cool. Whether it's getting a bunch of highbrow people together in one room or having the perfect flower wall, West knows cool and can teach us all a thing or a thousand about achieving it.
Based on his GQ interview, here's how to be as cool as Kanye West.
Be part of a family
Family is super cool.
Have a significant other and live with him or her
Going home to one girl every night is super cool.
Play with your child (This will require a child if you don't already have one.)
Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool.
Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool.
This one was just really sweet so I had to include it, but it is not necessarily part of your steps to coolness.
Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.
Break social barriers
I am a black American male from Chicago who had my rehearsal dinner at Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city.
Make animal metaphors
I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish.
Match your wedding venue bathrooms to the fort at which your wedding is taking place
The bathrooms—that usually would be a porta-potty—were wrapped in a fabric that was neutral to match the fort.
Hang out with cool people
Of his 45-minute rehearsal dinner speech, West explained,
So I said, "Wow, Carine is seven seats down from Kim. Farnaz [Farjam], the producer of the Kardashians and the producer of The Real World, is four seats down from [director] Steve McQueen. And four seats, because in between them is Hosain [Rahman] from Jawbone." This is what I talked about.
Hang out with some more cool people
Then do two fashion shows with Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Irina Shayk, have Diddy, Anna Wintour, Riccardo, Kim at the show, and drop the Yeezys? It felt like every single industry that I was trying to tap into looked at every other industry and everyone held hands. It was like, "Fuck that. No. This is just too crazy."
Get really fancy flower walls
So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it.
Saying "Hey, I like Kim" isn't as inspiring to people as us getting married.
Get some Kim K. skills
In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.
There you have it. Get some Kim K. skills, enjoy family life, know a bunch of famous people, be extremely successful, and you're well on your way to being cool. Don't you trust the guy who made these jackets happen?
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