Kanye West Talks Nike Air Yeezys, Trump, Alcoholism & More in New Interview

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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)

Kanye West was featured on the cover of the May 2020 issue of GQ.

Yeezy dished on a range of topics in an extended interview with GQ, including the possibility of Nike retro-ing Air Yeezys, the upcoming presidential election, the late Kobe Bryant, and the connection between his recent hesitation to rap and alcoholism.

Scroll through several of the most interesting highlights from the lengthy cover story below.

One of the most interesting takes from Ye was his open-mindedness around the possibility of Nike rereleasing the iconic Air Yeezy 1 and Air Yeezy 2 sneakers, which originally dropped in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

Though Kanye has been open about his gripes with the Swoosh as his Yeezy brand has developed a successful partnership with Adidas, he would respect their decision to retro his Yeezys if it meant making sneakerheads happy.

"Man, anything that the kids want and the people want. People should be able to have what they want," Kanye said.

Of course, no contemporary Kanye interview would be complete without the mention of his affinity for Donald Trump and the Make America Great Again hat.

Similar to an interview he did with WSJ. Magazine in late March, Kanye stood by his support of Trump, saying with a laugh, "[My parents] didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on."

Later, when his potential involvement in the 2020 presidential election was brought up, Ye didn't hesitate to confirm which candidate will be receiving his vote.

"No, I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on," he said. "And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here! Jesus Is King was No. 1!"

In another moment, Kanye spoke on his relationship with the late Kobe Bryant only 72 hours after the latter died in a tragic helicopter accident. He described the NBA legend as "one of my best friends" and compared their careers in sports and music.

"He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts!" he remarked. "We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together."

Yeezy also touched on new music, describing his hesitation to rap as he wasn't sure he would be able to write rhymes inspired by God rather than the devil.

"I was thinking of not rapping again, because I rapped for the devil so long that I didn’t even know how to rap for God," he claimed. "Then one of my pastors told me, 'My son just said that he would want a rap album about Jesus from Kanye West.' He didn’t say, “Kanye West, you should do this,” or “you need to do this.” He just told me something that a child said. And that one thing made the difference."

In Ye's words, much of that devilish drive was fueled by an undiagnosed case of alcoholism.

"People have called me a crazy person, people have called me everything – but not a functioning alcoholic. And I would be drinking orange juice and Grey Goose in the morning," he admitted.

Read the full interview here.