Multi-hyphenate Kanye West has appeared on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment at last. After multiple no-shows, the rapper filmed a special segment with the British television host dubbed Airpool Karaoke – a plug for his new 27-minute album Jesus Is King.
The skit went down like this: After a cancelled flight home to Los Angeles, Corden calls up West and asks if he can hitch a ride on his plane, which for the record isn’t the first-class private jet we usually see the rapper, his wife and his fuel emissions cruising around the world on. No, the now-spiritually woke musician is a Man Of The People, like Jesus himself, did you know? And in between high-fiving Moses for parting seas, Jesus would have flown commercial with his 100+ choir members.
Corden was working in overdrive to get good content out of the rapper. The environment – with little room in his middle seat – looks challenging, he can’t rap so therefore can’t sing along, the camera angles are less than ideal (we’re often watching the interview between other passenger’s heads) and there’s background aeroplane noise. Combine this with an unpredictable West who either just looks blankly at the host or goes off on a tangent at any given time – Corden, we salute you. This one was tough.
Asked when he thought he had made it in the music industry, West replied: “I was living my dream making beats with Jay Z and working on my raps. I remember when Virgin Mega Stores were still around. I used to go there and look at all the CDs and listen and read all the magazines – and I was on an escalator and I remember saying ‘Breathe in this moment, because this will be the last moment that I can walk around in public.’ I had written the line, ‘She got a light-skinned friend looking like Michael Jackson/She got a dark-skinned friend looking like Michael Jackson’ and I knew after that I wouldn’t be able to walk the streets for the rest of my life.”
“Seriously?” Corden cuts in. “You were that confident in the success of your record?”
“In the success of that line,” West replies, smiling. “I was like, ‘I will be famous after this line’.”
West also discusses his battle with mental health, his wife and children – North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm. “God’s always had a plan for me and he wanted to use me, but I think he wanted me to suffer more and people to see my suffering and see my pain and put stigmas on me and have me go through all the human experiences,” he said. “So now, when I talk about how Jesus saved me, more people can relate to that experience. If it was just, ‘we grew up with this guy and he’s a superstar’, it’s less compelling than this guy who had a mental breakdown and this guy who was in debt.”
West also said he’d like to have up to seven children with Kardashian.
Jesus Is King is out now.