Now that Kanye West has formally debuted the new video for "Famous" and shocked the world, yet again, in the process, the rapper took a call from Vanity Fair and opened up a bit—but not too much—about the naked truth behind the visual.
In "Famous," West is joined not only by the visages of his family (Kim Kardashian West, Caitlyn Jenner) his ex (Amber Rose) and Kim's ex (Ray J), but a spate of those he's been tied to either in the studio or in the headlines, and their subsequent scandalous affiliations as well (see: Rihanna and Chris Brown, George Bush, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour and Taylor Swift). The video features the likenesses of these celebrities tangled up in sheets together, and the sight of Taylor cozying up to Kanye given the drama this very song has fueled is sensational at the very least. So why include all of these notorious names, loved ones, collaborators, abusers and all?
When asked about the appearance of Cosby in the "Famous" video (following a mention of his face-palm of a tweet earlier this year), West was blunt with Vanity Fair: “It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video],” he said. “It’s a comment on fame.” In that same conversation, he addresses the appearance of George W. Bush and whether or not they would be cool if that whole "George Bush doesn't care about black people" thing hadn't have happened (“Maybe in some alternative universe me and George Bush could have been friends. I could have been his O.J. Simpson black friend on the golf course") and how important it is for Kim to approve of "Famous" and his work in general.
“[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say,” he told Vanity Fair. “But my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up. One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we’re allowed to be ourselves.”
It seems like they're both thriving in that respect. Keep your eyes peeled for the "Famous" video, and in the meantime, check out Fuse's archival interview with Kanye below.