Kanye Really Wants You to Know Tidal Isn’t the Illuminati

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In a recent interview for his Time "100" feature, Kanye West says that every time he drops truth bombs, he breaks the internet. To prove it, he's on the cover of Paper magazine's American Dream issue — you know, the same magazine that tried to break the internet with Kim Kardashian's backside, but for some reason had Kanye keep all his clothes on — along with a cover story written in his words. As usual, he talks mostly about a post-racial society, paying it forward, and fashion ("I haven't even given my College Dropout of clothing yet. We're still on mixtapes"). But he also had a few choice words for all of Tidal's naysayers:

"I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I'm tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That's ridiculous. We don't run anything; we're celebrities. We're the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don't lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She's judged for who she adopts. Fuck all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!"

Sadly, though, it seems that despite his forthcoming album, his heart isn't really into making music anymore:

"I loved music. I loved it more than I love it now. But I think that can happen with anything. You can live in New York for 10 years and say, 'I now want to move to San Francisco.' It's just harder for me to do music now, period. It's easier for people who focus on it all day and who are younger in their concept of what they want to do with it. I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator."

But hey, as long as he keeps on "inventing" new albums, he can call himself whatever the hell he wants.