Kanye West Writes His Own XXL Cover Story

October’s issue of XXL magazine stars Kanye West on its front cover with the accompanying lead feature written by the proverbial foot-in-mouth suffering rapper/producer/cultural icon himself. About himself.

And what better way to control your story?

His recent Twitter rant, rounding off with an apology to Taylor Swift for that outburst at last year’s MTV VMAs, may well have been the warm up for his forthcoming reflective feature, in which ‘Ye writes:

“I stress that the incident wasn’t about Taylor [Swift] personally. And it definitely wasn’t about race. Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it’s your show, Taylor. It’s your show, MTV…”

“The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend. How could I not, at a certain point, be like, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been at the awards show. I’m sorry.’ Not that I don’t deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.”

“I knew I wasn’t in a great spot publicly after the incident, but I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace. In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone…”

Read the full piece in the special collector’s issue of the magazine, for which Kanye also donned the hat of ‘Creative Director’ to curate his own 40-page section, out on September 28th.

More photos from the issue…

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