Kris Jenner (Publicity Photo)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (Wireimage)
The 36-year-old "New Slaves" rapper gave an extensive interview to W magazine, and there's an interesting anecdote from the writer about how West interacts with the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
The writer, Christopher Bagley, was invited into West's apartment in Paris while the singer was working on his latest album "Yeezus." During one visit, Bagley notes how he just missed Kardashian, 32, who was headed back to L.A., but that there were other members of her family there.
"Rob (Kardashian), is sprawled on West’s gigantic Living Divani sofa with his girlfriend, the English model Naza Jafarian," writes Bagley. "They both offer friendly handshakes, then return to their smartphones. Next, Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner, drops by and looks around the apartment, which she’s seeing for the first time. 'This is amazing!' she says as West shows her some of his favorite objects … Jenner’s rapport with West evinces equal parts jokey affection and in-law awkwardness."
"He plays her some of his unfinished songs, including 'Awesome,' which is clearly about Kim. When she exclaims, 'Great job!' West doesn’t find it as flattering as Jenner evidently intended," continues Bagley. "He raises his eyebrows. 'Great job?' he says and sets off on a comic riff that cracks up everyone in the room. Toasting with his champagne glass, he says, 'Great job, Baccarat, for making a glass that can hold liquid!' He looks down at his waist. 'Great job, belt loops, for keeping my pants up!'"
The writer notes that Jenner, 57, "laughs off the mockery" but decides to leave shortly after.
"Hugging West goodbye, she tells him, 'I love you. You know where to find us, at the George V. Call us tomorrow, if you want,'" recalls Bagley. "It seems apparent to everyone, including Jenner, that West will not call."
As for Jenner's reaction to West's song "Awesome" in the W profile, let's not forget this is the track where West takes a little jab at Kim's mother.
West raps: “Cause baby, you're awesome/ You don't need to listen to your manager/ You're way too hot for them to handle you."
Jenner's on the spot "Great Job!" reaction doesn't seem so bad now if that lyric was in the unfinished version that West played for her. The song "Awesome" ended up not making it on West's latest album, although he did perform the song at the Met Gala in May.
In the same article, West is much more flattering while discussing Kim. When asked if he ever has any qualms about appearing on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", the rapper says he does it for love.
“Oh, that’s just all for love. It’s simply that," West responds. "At a certain point, or always, love is more important than any branding, or any set of cool people, or attempting to impress anyone. Because true love is just the way you feel … thoughts and feelings can disagree sometimes."
What do you make of Kris and Kanye's interaction?
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