Kanye West Talks Movies and ‘Breaking Bad’ on Bret Easton Ellis’ new Podcast

Kanye West Talks Movies and ‘Breaking Bad’ on Bret Easton Ellis’ new Podcast

Bret Easton Ellis has a podcast. Yes, the author of American Psycho, who seems to constantly be in the news for upsetting someone, has entered the world of online verbiage and set a very high standard for guests, by having superstar rapper Kanye West as his first guest. West talks films and music (of course) and even admits that he and fiancé Kim Kardashian “binge-watched Breaking Bad”.

The recent Steve McQueen movie 12 Years a Slave came into the conversation, leading to a comparison with West’s album Yezzus, which Ellis agreed with.

"Yeezus seemed really new to me," he said. "It seems very new sonically. I haven't heard anything like it. It was provocative, it was sexy, it was laugh-out-loud funny at times. And I think the problem, if we're going to do the Yeezus–­12 Years a Slave comparison, I think that 12 Years a Slave felt more calculated, a little bit more rigged, especially in terms of how they're putting the movie out there." For his part, West doesn't think he could make an album that's sonically on par with director Steve McQueen's work. "I don't think that my skillset is high enough to sonically create something that would be on the textbook level of 12 Years a Slave," he said. "I don't know how to play a piano. I would have to be a musicologist. I would have to be really high skillset. The better and better I get, the younger and younger I am."

What was perhaps more interesting was West’s admission that the movie he’d watched most recently — and repeatedly (30-40 times!) was There Will Be Blood, although he says Menace II Society was the “most influential”. West does come across as not-so-modest at times, though.

"If I were to write my title, like going through the airport, 'What you do?' I would literally write 'creative genius' except for two reasons: sometimes it takes too long to write that and sometimes I spell the word 'genius' wrong." He and Ellis laugh. "The irony."

Yes, ironic, indeed. Who will Ellis have next? Well, Ellis’ podcast page says it’s going to be weekly — it also calls this episode “Kanye Part 1”, so there may be more of that conversation. Is it just Ellis playing to his vanity? Or is he actually going to say something worth listening to? Time will tell.

You can listen to the first episode with Kanye West here.

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Cath Murphy from UK is reading Find out on the Unpr!ntable podcast November 20, 2013 - 7:12am

Finally Unpr!ntable has some serious competition...

*exits stage left pursued by Books and Booze/Booked fans*

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine November 20, 2013 - 9:35am

Princesses Behaving Badly.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like November 20, 2013 - 9:56am

I like how West says something like, "At some point you go ahead and watch Breaking Bad just so you can feel like a normal person." Turns out there are only about ten million normal people in the USA. The other hundreds of millions are not hip to this exclusive normalcy.


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King Grotus from New Jersey is reading Inherent Vice November 20, 2013 - 10:44am

They are perfect for each other.