Kanye West Talks Donald Trump & Design in New Interview

Mahlik Campbell

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Kanye West attends the the Versace fall 2019 fashion show at the American Stock Exchange Building in lower Manhattan on December 02, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

For those wondering, Kanye West is still riding for Donald Trump.

In his latest interview with WSJ. Magazine, the 42-year-old artist dished on his support for Trump, as well as the "perfect hoodie" and his relationship with Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh.

“I’m a black guy with a red [MAGA] hat, can you imagine? ...It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something. ‘This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat,’ ” Kanye proclaimed for the cover story released on Wednesday.

Ye first revealed his support for Trump during a 2016 concert rant, saying that if he had voted, he would have voted for the Republican. More recently in mid-July, Kanye talked with him over the phone about A$AP Rocky's incarceration in Sweden, resulting in a tweet from Trump that's been retweeted nearly 200,000 times.

Aside from politics, Kanye's quest for the perfect hoodie, which he wears in the video for "Follow God," was a running theme throughout the piece. He even called it "arguably the most important piece of apparel of the last decade.”

NEED one of those!

Another point of pride for him was seeing Abloh's ascent to artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, a job that Kanye dreamed about for years. Kanye likened it "being crowned king" and referred to Abloh as his "best friend.”

After various conversations over the span of nine months, Christina Binkley, the interviewer, developed a unique take on what drives West. She linked his ambitious design projects, among other things, to an unwavering resentment of assumptions people may hold about him because he is black or a rapper or a college dropout.

West's new interview comes just days after an extended version of his leaked 2016 call with Taylor Swift surfaced online, prompting opinionated reactions from both Swift and Kim Kardashian West.

What a week it's been for Kanye. 😵