Kanye West Hoping To Create First Trillion Dollar Company

UPDATE: The second part of BBC Radio 1's interview with Kanye West has been released. In it, the rapper expresses frustration with big companies and says he'd like to one day design uniforms for his high school basketball team.

Chicago rapper Kanye West has become increasingly known for his ventures outside of music. He broke into the world of high fashion with his first womenswear collection in 2011, has met the needs of sneaker heads worldwide with his Air Yeezys and recently sold out of his collection with A.P.C. in a matter of hours.

During an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, ‘Ye continued to express his interest in things outside of music. In fact, the rapper said that he’s hoping to gradually work his way to becoming the mastermind behind the first trillion-dollar company. The Yeezus rapper made reference to that particular goal while speaking on a specific lyric from “New Slaves.”

“When I say, 'Clean water was only served to the fairer skin,’ what I’m saying is we’re making product with chitlins,” said Kanye. “T-shirts, that’s the most we can make, T-shirts. We can have our best perspective on T-shirts, but if it’s anything else, your Truman Show boat is hitting the wall…What people don’t realize is I wanna make uniforms for my high school basketball team through Brand Yeezy. I want to make that one step and then make another step. And then eventually do uniforms for the entire city. Then I want those uniforms to be hot and make money. Then I eventually want to be the anchor and the force behind a billion dollar company…I eventually want to be the anchor of the first trillion dollar company.”

Kanye further commented on his goals outside of music and shared the reason why he hasn’t been able to fully tap into his creative side as he spoke on his highly popular collaboration with Nike, the Air Yeezys. According to Kanye, despite the popularity of the kicks, Nike did not reach out to him immediately following their release.

“I shouldn’t be limited to only one place of creativity," he said. "And it’s literally only like one or two or three reasons why I haven’t been able to break that down. This is the thing, you guys don’t understand. You guys don’t understand that I did the Yeezys and they eBayed for $90,000. And people wanted them bad as whatever, right? But I didn’t get a call from Nike the next day. You guys don’t understand that I’ve met with companies and they say, ‘What we’re trying to figure out is how we can control you and control that.’ If you’re an architect, if you’re a world builder, if you have all these ideas and you’re gaudy and you want to build buildings, if you don’t ever get that out what ‘s gonna happen? Isn’t that why you do it?”

Additionally, Kanye expressed his desire to design clothing for those who don’t flaunt Versace-friendly budgets, as he commented on a designer’s inability to reach out to the average consumer due to cost concerns.

“I’ve dedicated the past 10 years of my life to this,” Kanye said. “I spent 80 percent of my time working on this and 20 percent of my time working on music. Why do you think the song ‘Niggas in Paris’ is called ‘Niggas In Paris’? Cause niggas was in Paris. That’s why we were in Paris. I put in the 10,000 hours. I’ve got a very specific, particular take on men’s footwear. No one can say I cannot design or understand how to design a guy’s sneaker…I’m not trying to get into that world. I’m trying to make a higher level of product for the real world. People say, 'Life isn’t fair.’ And unless you Kanye West or you this pretty girl that dates this soccer player or your parents had money, you don’t get to wear Versace all the time…The creatives, they want to connect with people. These artists, the clothing designers, they want to connect with people the same way that music gets to connect with people. But the cost of silk is too expensive. And they won’t lower their quality level.”

During the hour-long interview, Kanye West also offered a few words of praise while speaking on fellow artists Jay Z and Rick Rubin. He also commented on his relationship with Kim Kardashian who he says gave him “everything.”

UPDATE: The second part of the interview can be viewed below by BBC Radio 1. It can be viewed below. 

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  • Anonymous

    Unless he knows anything about oil, he aint making a trillion.

  • Anonymous

    He don't even have a 100 million, how come he finna do that

  • crazy mother fucker

    hey sicker

  • crazy mother fucker

    goibg out the bitcher with the sicker

  • crazy mother fucker

    yea crazy things are going on dig what im saying ppl out their hitch hicking ppl.seen some shit out the ground start eating the pisser

  • 666

    play foot ball with her face while u feed and burn her lol

  • 666

    with some lost dogs around

  • Anonymous

    a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli, a trilli

  • 666

    gota have keily williams match dare iz dark side album cover. while u force feed her while u burn it.

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  • Anonymous

    all you autotune loving cock jocking androgynous can eat a dick

  • Young White Boy

    If one rapper was going to make a trillion dollar company either kanye or drake could do it but nobody else simply cause they aint good enough true fact!!!!

  • Anonymous

    mosst people see a music video and look at the clothes there wareing i watch a music video and get a whole new understanding of the song

    • Anonymous

      music videos killed good music. before music videos artists were judged more on there talent than their looks. in the nineties most ugly artists already had a big enough fans base to survive.

  • jonathan

    kanye is a smart person because he wears different clothing because he is not limiting himself, he wants to control his own inventions not let the government control your everything, on how you dress on what you listen to (radio) in the interview he just wants to say were all puppets, if we dont do anything about it "New Slaves"

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    What kind of uniforms is he gonna make? nike Dry fit skirts?

  • Anonymous

    His best bet at reaching that trillion would be for him and Kim to start making porn tapes

  • Anonymous


  • RGeezy

    And now you know why Kanye wears skirts.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye West has a very annoying voice. I really liked the point that he made about referring to himself as a, "God". It makes sense when you think about it.

  • Anonymous

    Who the hello is he looking at during the interview? The host is sitting right infront of him, but he's looking to the right

  • jae rockkkk the boatttt


  • Anonymous

    I've never realized how annoying Ye's voice is. He kinda screams a lot. He almost had a temper tantrum during the interview. Kanye West is funny

  • jae. way i are


  • EnerJay

    Kanye is at best an average beatproducer and an unimpressive skirtwearing rapper. what the hell does he need a trillion dollars for anyway?

  • intention

    "Why do you think the song Niggas in Paris is called Niggas In Paris? Cause niggas was in Paris. Thats why we were in Paris." this guy deserve a trillion dollars..think thats the best line i've ever heard from him

  • intention

    he dedicated the past 10 years of his life to this? really now..ive dedicated the past 10 years of my life to hip-hop and i'm actually good at rapping/producing. the industry is a shit show and the clowns in it have no talent. i have to literally sit down and concentrate if i want to make a shitty mindless radio song like these clowns do..but when i write a dope lyrical track i can pump it out in seconds. people need to wake up and change the game. help out your local hip-hop artist/producers..support underground hip-hop thats actually real and dope..turn the fucking tables. people like this don't need the money fame and media coverage they have nothing good musically to even give to the world..and when youre a fucking musician thats a big problem. damn this pisses me off. anyone that doesn't get furious about watching these clowns throw around a trillion dollars whilst putting out a record that sounds like a baby playing with instruments is insane. REAL HIP-HOP. www.intention.bandcamp.com

  • intention

    how does everyone not hate this guy already..arrogant, immature, throws fits like a baby..hate to burst your bubble dickriders but kanye hasnt made a good record/track since college dropout

    • Anonymous

      look at you standing up for your mam. lol his music is trash and he acts like a bitch. i bet you got his picture on your wall you manfan

    • Come On

      STFU thats bullshit!!! All his albums have been good and college drop out isn't even his best one MBDTF is or Graduation, So please take your biased hating somewhere else. People like your are the reason he flips out all the time with their no respecting bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Yo AT 4:00 the interviewer calls his music "discusting"

  • Crazy

    Yeah, I'm a builder, I'm an architect, I'm the constructor of the Universe, I'm gonna make T-shirts for Basketball teams.

  • Artist PR

    Love Kanye and so does PHAYME check her on phaymedotcom and PHAYME da Flowtorch on Facebook..

    • Pleeasus

      First of all those so called $90,000 shoes were bought buy someone with ZERO feed back on Ebay. You think they actually paid $90g when u can pick up a pair for less than a G? NO! This interviewer is Terrible all he says is "mmmn" "MMMnn" Why did he not challenge him on some of these answers... You may think youre Pyramid idea for a film was the greatest of all time and wern't getting the respect you deserve but art is open for interpretation. You can't make an album and decide by yourself "This is the greatest" Why was his film left out of an interview? Maybe because he's a Rapper not George Lucas as he compared himself too. THis GOD complex is getting out of hand. Yes I like his music i like he pushes the envelope but I have news for you. HE"S NOT THE ONLY ONE! But he acts like he is.

  • Anonymous

    i hope he gets raped for cash by that cameraman

  • Anonymous

    it shouldn't be hard when charging $120 for fucking t-shirt. get the fuk outta here you diva

  • Anonymous


  • Rachael Crabill

    until I saw the paycheck which was of $9068, I be certain ...that...my mom in-law had been realie taking home money in there spare time from there new laptop.. there brothers friend has done this for less than eight months and resently paid the loans on there house and bought a great Honda. read the article... WWW.Fb39.com

  • Anonymous

    its shoes that look way better... with america the way it is... take your money and save it... u already got kids being shot over Jordans...Chicago and Detroit have some of the worst ghettos and niggas like him are ready to make sure u stay there

  • Chris Etrata

    I want whatever west is smoking. Cause that ain't gonna happen. LOL. How about focusing on others than yourself.

  • Stax

    Kanye West hoping to create a dope album

  • Anonymous

    he got a long way to go 01. Diddy ($50 million) 02. Jay Z ($43 million) 03. Dr. Dre ($40 million) 04. Nicki Minaj ($29 million) 05. Birdman ($21 million) 06. Kanye West ($20 million) 07. Lil Wayne ($16 million) 08. Wiz Khalifa ($14 million) 09. Ludacris ($12 million) 10. Pitbull ($11 million) 11. Drake ($10.5 million) 12. Snoop Lion ($10 million, tie) 12. Eminem ($10 million, tie) 14. Kendrick Lamar ($9 million, tie) 14. Pharrell Williams ($9 million, tie) 14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($9 million, tie) 17. Swizz Beatz ($8.5 million) 18. Tech N9ne ($7.5 million) 19. 50 Cent ($7 million) 20. Lil Jon ($6 million, tie) 20. Rick Ross ($6 million, tie) 20. Mac Miller ($6 million, tie) 20. Young Jeezy ($6 million, tie) 20. Questlove ($6 million, tie)

  • real

    this guy wants to create a trillion dollar company while america is in debt and while 47 million americans are on food stamps! He doesnt give a fuck about the people or communities whatsoever. Why does every almost every single black man that finally gets some money suddely turn white on mafuckas. phony ass

    • Real

      Tell me what does Kanye West do for his community other than pimp his communities with his $125 dollar plain white t-shirts? Please elaborate for me. &No. everybody knows donating money to charity like the red cross doesnt help anybody but people at red cross by being richer & charity money never goes to the communities. What im saying here is this. In america, food Stamp growth is 75X greater than job creation. That is sad. Im not on food stamps lets get that record straight but its obvious we all need help here and America is going down the drain. Everybody needs a little help on a way to being self-reliant & Theres no way that these people should own planes and these other people dont have houses, apartments, shacks, drawers, pants. Can you imagine somebody having $32 million dollars and this person has nothing? some of these are the types of people who get humanitarian awards millionaires. How can they be humanitarians? The fact that theyre millionaires and theres so many poor people shows how inhumane they are. All im trying to say is if is truly a melting pot in the country where we care about them and lady liberty has her hand like that then we really need to be like that. You need to help black kids, Mexican kids, Korean kids, whatever. But it needs to be real and it needs to be before we all die and then you say, I made a mistake. I should have gave them some money. We really should have helped these folks. Its gonna be too late. And then thats when youve gotta pay your own karma. And thats what God punishes when God punishes you. So help the these poor communities that have nothing and we live better with less crime and so forth.

    • Anonymous

      What are you trying to say? What are you suggesting that he should do with his money, donate it to charity? Are you aware of what he does for his community? Kanye West made a very bold and brave statement on live tv many years ago when he commented on Katrina and George Bush. Just because the dude aspires to make more money doesn't mean he is selling out or, "becoming white" as you put it. You sound like a jealous bum with no aspirations sitting on your ass collecting welfare

    • Being Weird is not Art.

      His Dad is out there helping the homeless yet he raps about Anna Winter? Hmmmm nah.. Yeezus was the start of the ending, With all these new rappers comming out with fire, Trying to Be Weird is not always Artistic.

    • Anonymous

      Chill. It's not even possible (unless you own some big banks).

  • Anonymous

    this dude makes 0 fucking sense and jsut rambles. The billionaire investors on wall street and the massive conglomerates like viacom cant make a trillion dollar company and kanye is gonna do it? HAHAHA making jerseys HAHAHAH riiiiight, You make beats bro and you rap. thats it. You are no divinci, you are not a one man renaissance. Your a clown that everyone laughs at. You take that word genius that all these dick suckers throw around and let it go to your head. 'Clean water was only served to the fairer skin, what Im saying is were making product with chitlins, said Kanye. T-shirts, thats the most we can make, T-shirts. WHAT. what the fuck does that even mean. Its like a ray lewis speech. GET OVER YOURSELF.

    • Anonymous

      If Kanye is a clown, call me Ronald McDonald damnit. So many haters. I don't expect people to love everyone, but if you're going to challenge somebody, at least come with some valid arguments. You can tell you're not very educated. You can't back anything up with facts or knowledge. You make no sense at all.

    • Anonymous

      'Clean water was only served to the fairer skin, what Im saying is were making product with chitlins, said Kanye. T-shirts, thats the most we can make, T-shirts. Watch the interview and get the context. It makes perfect sense.

  • ygtvgubyhuji

    well those creepy girls from sisqo thong song video at the end are gonna jump sade and mariah carey lol

  • j

    The room is spinning from all the arrogance

  • tha OG

    This nigga is on some hard drugs!!!

  • dentaldamboy

    The company with the largest market cap in the history of the world is Apple, with a $625 billion market cap in Q3 2012. Kanye wants to found a company which will have a market cap that is 60% larger thatn Apple's at its peak? There will not be a trillion dollar company for a long time, unless there is astronomical inflation.

  • dentaldamboy

    In order to create a trillion dollar company, first your sales had to be big and he keeps falling off with each album. YMCMB is closer to a trillion dollars than kayne will ever be.

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