Transcript for Ye speaks on battle with Gap, co-parenting in morning exclusive
- GMA cover story with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. He's talking about co-parenting with Kim Kardashian, his brand battles, the private school he opened, and his future in politics. "ABC News Live" anchor Linsey Davis sat down with him. Good morning to you, Linsey.
- Good morning to you, Amy. Just last week Ye claimed that he had never read a book, but based on our conversation, it's clear he's read at least one book, the Bible, at least in part. In our conversation, he frequently quoted scripture, including to whom much is given, much is required.
And it seems that he is taking that literally with plans to change music, education, fashion, and sustainability. And at the top of his list, he says he wants to be a hands-on dad.
[MUSIC - KANYE WEST, "ALL OF THE LIGHTS"]
KANYE WEST: (RAPPING) Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights, all of the lights, all of the lights.
LINSEY DAVIS: The spotlight has followed the artist formerly known as Kanye West for nearly 20 years. At times, illuminating him as one of the greatest creatives of all time. But the light of scrutiny also shines just as brightly. So social media, you feel is that more hurtful or beneficial to you?
- That's one of my favorite questions this interview. I mean, we can use a car to rush somebody to the hospital or we could use a car and accidentally hit somebody while we're rushing somebody to the hospital. So it's all in how we use it.
[MUSIC - KANYE WEST, "CLOSED ON SUNDAY"]
- (SINGING) Now, back up off my family, move your hands.
LINSEY DAVIS: And that's how he uses social media, as a vehicle to amplify his voice. Something he says he's also had to do in order to successfully co-parent with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
- This is the mother of my children. And I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. But also ain't nobody else going to be causing no stress either. I need this person to be least stress and a best sound mind, and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children.
- Do you feel you have a voice as your co-parenting now?
- I do have a voice, but I had to fight for it. That hurt you when you-- when you have to, like, scream about what your kids are wearing. And it's just little nuances where there was a parallel to what was happening at Gap, what was happening at Adidas, and what was happening in my home.
It was all a kind of a disregard for the voice of something that I co-created. I co-created the children. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap. There's a parallel and the parallel does touch on discrimination.
- Even within your marriage?
- Yeah. I want my kids to go to Donda, and I have a-- I have to fight for a say so.
LINSEY DAVIS: Donda Academy is a private school he created named after his late mother, Donda West.
- (SINGING) To take me far away.
KANYE WEST: We spread the gospel. We-- the kids sing gospel. To build a school that gives kids practical tools that they need in a world.
LINSEY DAVIS: He recently turned to the tool of Twitter to post the termination of his Yeezy brand collaboration with Gap as he remains in an ongoing legal battle with Adidas. How do you move forward now in the fashion industry when they're saying, you can't even not only show Yeezy products, but anything bearing that likeness?
- Oh, we got some new lawyers. We really had to level up and show them, really show them who's-- who's the new boss in town.
LINSEY DAVIS: He now plans to sell the Yeezy brand directly to consumers. Something he argued about with radio host, Sway, back in 2013.
- Why don't you empower yourself and don't need them and do it yourself?
- Take a few steps back to go--
- Do I got the answers, man.
- So Sway almost 10 years ago said, man, why don't you do it on your own? Was he right?
- You know what? I will go ahead and say, Sway had the answer. I know people are going to be like, no.
LINSEY DAVIS: And Ye, who ran for President in 2020, says his days in politics are not over. Do you have future political aspirations?
- Yes, absolutely.
- For now he plans to open up his first Yeezy store in Atlanta. When I asked him about affordability, he said left up to measy, it would be freesy, but it's not that easy. But he says he wants everything in the store to be $20. Guys love him or hate him, he is a fascinating mind.
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