Kanye West Reveals How Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. & J Dilla Influence His Work

posted Thursday May 29 ,2014 at 11:00AM CDT | 25 comments

Kanye West Reveals How Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. & J Dilla Influence His Work

Kanye West says he has "to work on behalf of Dilla" and that "the best respect" he can pay fallen artists "is to never sell out."

Kanye West speaks about how several people have influenced his work in a clip from  

"It’s amazing," West says. "How could we lose Biggie, Pac, Dilla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson? It almost feels like the Devil’s winning. We gotta make music and think, 'If Dilla was alive, would he like this?' I have to work on behalf of Dilla.

"When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong," he adds. "And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this 5-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. The best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never sell out."

The clip is part of exclusive Rolling Stone-released footage from Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

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  • Iggy Fresh
    I haven't appreciated Kanye's work since Late Registration. He been sold out a long time ago. And why is he mentioning Steve Jobs? He wasn't a musical artist.
  • Anonymous
    "And now it'll go to the radio now that it's wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this 5-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. The best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never sell out." What the hell is he talking about
    • Anonymous
      thanks for letting us know your intellect barometer is low he's saying they want bullsh*t, not original stuff. so if he makes a right record it won't get play, but if he does some half ass sh-t they run with it like it's the best thing ever good example is Lupe, fresh off of a fan protest, gets un-shelved and makes L4zers, a B.O.B ripoff which is a failure, so Mr revolutionary Lupe resorts to a Cottenelle soft sappy ballad with the white dude about old school love and it's a mega hit to the naive audience who hates 90s music, but loves a song called 'Old School Love', lol this how programmed y'all are to accept the bullsh-t
  • gmoneyBaBy/GLO
    rip migos ..smh.. why lil durk set em up like daaat lol
  • call in 5 mins and say i did it
    im frum chicago i kno lil reese i get u killed real real fast..like 2 weeks a somethin Come try it..
  • @HarLemsmine_wavygravy
    LATE REGRISTRATION IS BETTER THAN ANY 2PAC ALBUM BIGGIE WAS OVER OVER RATED WITH HIS FAT ASS WELCH GRAPE CHEESE STEAK OVER WEIGHT DADDY DICK LICKING ASS.. AND WHO THE FUCK IS J DILLA ?
    • chingao
      you must be like 16... Late Registration over Me Against the World? All Eyez On Me?? Makaveli 7 Day Theory??? Better Dayz??? shit even the Thug Life Album??? GTFOH!!!!!!! Sip on your Similac, use some Q tips & stop dick riding The Kardashians Show. You're ignorant & delusional
    • WWYD?
      COSIGN. 808's influence > Biggies career
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  • KeepinItReal
    Kanye is the only mainstream artist keepin it real, and you stupid fucks don't realize it
    • Yup
      Exactly. smh ppl jus sheep man
    • BIG GUCCI THE RULER
      ...........
  • Anonymous
    Steve Jobs > Your favourite rapper's favourite rapper
  • j
    Because he is them! He's also Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, and Pikachu. Don't underestimate him
  • Me
    I would like it if Kanye wouldn't use the 2pac comparison until he reads every book Pac read and learn how to implement those readings in his music, foreal..
    • wads
      dont u know niggas cant read
    • Anonymous
      I thought so too, until I realized that there are more than 100m more whites in US and the nation is still far behind other countries in terms of being smart, it's an institutional problem, not a race situation
  • Anonymous
    Steve Jobs?
  • WWYD?
    Kanye West > Pac, Biggie, and J dilla
    • Mic
      At what?
    • jah'e
      you just pissed on the grave of all them. fuck off
    • WWYD?
      At being a producer, mc, artist, father, and fashion icon
    • Anonymous
      Producer? He constantly on Dilla's dick..so NO! MC? LOL nigga please.
  • Anonymous
    "The best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never sell out."" Says the nigga who just married the biggest fame whore alive.
    • Anonymous
      LMAO! For real tho! I agree with what he said but shit is kinda hypocritical. Maybe all people are sometimes.