Kanye West Is Really Running With The “American Psycho” Thing

First he claimed to have pattered the interiors for his “Love Lockdown” video after Patrick Bateman’s apartment in Mary Harron’s film version of American Psycho; now, he’s claiming to have similar music taste as the titular maniac, saying that “The whole album is shit that 50 [Cent] would rap over, but I’m trying to put them Phil Collins melodies when I rap to them.” Bateman, you may remember from the very NSFW scene embedded after the jump, was also really into No Jacket Required-era Collins:

(Seriously, this clip is totally NSFW. So don’t click if you’re in an office.)

Other notes from the interview he granted yesterday:

He’s getting in touch with himself again. “I love listening sessions, because it feels like Christmas Day when the parents get to see their kids open up the gifts. I feel like I try to give the gift of music. This album is based off the devastation and the hurt that I’ve felt the past year. All the hurt that I’ve felt within the past year from all the losses that I’ve endured, have sort of settled me into being this fucking super-famous alien, where everywhere I go, somebody wants a fucking photograph…it’s hard when you not really a celebrity, but you’re just a real person that ended up being famous for your craft.”

The Blueprint 3 is delayed until early ’09, but Lil Wayne has a new record coming out soon. “It’s rumors of another album coming soon. I’m not gonna put that pressure on myself. I’m probably coming with another tour in June though. But, that’s where I’m at with my life right now. I really wanted to release this music, and I forced L.A. [Reid] to give me this release date. I was like, ‘Don’t fuckin’ wait months and months to set it up. Just give people the music!’ I’m constantly making music; we almost finished with Jay. Jay’s album is coming in February… There’s a new Wayne [click to read] with special packaging that’s coming before this Christmas is out. We’ve got a new record on there together. So we still got a bunch of shit.”

He’s not behind all the leaks of his material. And he seems to have a healthy attitude about the current depressed sales climate! “Also, ‘Robocop’ is completely different on the album. ‘Paranoid’ is different. I did not leak those, and I did not leak the ‘Heartless’ video. Motherfuckers is leaking my shit. The only shit I leaked was ‘Heartless’ and ‘Love Lockdown.’ Them the only joints I actually put out. Basically, the label moved it up to get more sales and shit. If I get the sales, then cool. If I don’t, then, hey… I’ll have to bare the burden, because I’ve been a cocky motherfucker and talked my shit and all that. And the people would love to see me not sell…hey, it is what it is. That’s the way life is, man. But hopefully I sell.”

Speaking of leaks, a bunch of other tracks from the album leaked last night; nine of the allegedly eleven tracks are out there. I’m still partial to “Coldest Winter”–hey, wait a second, why didn’t he mention Tears For Fears when he was listing his inspirations?

Breaking: Kanye Talks Album Leaks, Auto-Tune, And More [HipHopDX]
American Psycho – Entire Phil Collins Scene [YouTube]

  • RaptorAvatar

    His early work was a little “new wave” for my taste…

  • Al Shipley

    “It’s hard when you not really a celebrity, but you’re just a real person that ended up being famous for your craft.”

    Says one of the most blatant careerists in the history of pop music.

  • Tauwan

    Unfinished or not, I had a hard time feeling the not one, not two, but THREE new tracks I streamed off of 808s and Heartbreak last night. But it’s cool. All things could change once I go out and purchase the damn thing. Or maybe not. [At the moment, I can mess with Love Lockdown, Heartless, and Coldest Winter] I am also convinced that this is his “Paid my dues” album. He’s four albums in, has a number of hit singles, and is a crossover artist that people of all walks of life can get down with. We’re gonna listen and purchase it regardless of the music contained within, right?

  • Tauwan

    P.S. I think I’ll be enjoying Three Ringz more than I enjoy this one.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Tauwan: See, I’m feeling nearly everything I’ve heard off it, even if the autotune will sound dated next year.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Al Shipley: And that’s why I love him.

  • Anonymous

    so after three albums of mediocre rapping, he’s gonna be a crummy singer now? i mean, yeah, i bought the 2nd one when it came out, cuz of all the jon brion hype – listened to it for a week and then completely forgot all about it. then i got the first one cuz it was on sale for ten bucks, even though i wasn’t really into it when i had originally downloaded it, but i was like oh, maybe i’ll like it now. and then, when the 3rd one came out, i was like, well it’s got cool artwork…but he just ain’t as awesome as he thinks he is.

    i’m off the bus with the auto-tune fuckery. just don’t care. sure he can produce alright on occasion, but really he’d be best served going away for seven years and learning how to spit (or sing, if that’s what he really wants!) i don’t want my popstars half-assed.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @eriq78: Well, we disagree on Kanye’s merits, but what “full-assed” popstars do you like? How many of them are there?

  • Tauwan

    @Lucas Jensen:

    I might get shit for this, but Beyonce could be considered a “full-assed” popstar, right? All acting jobs aside, of course.

  • BigRicks

    Anyone else shocked that this clip is on youtube?

  • jopari actually likes the G1, thank you very much.

    FYI 11 out of the 12 tracks are out (and the 12th has been performed live IIRC).

    It’s pretty solid. Paranoid is the best by far but if you hated Flashing Lights you’ll loathe Paranoid twice as much.