I found this to be a strong argument against traditional welfare systems. I’ll summarize with a quote from a letter forwarded to me by my grandmother:
“When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,”
and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for—
That is the beginning of the end of a nation.”
“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
“Snark is the idiot’s version of wit.”
“44 years ago we put a man on the moon, but we still can’t vertically center things in CSS.”
What did the album sound like at that point?
Kind of meandering, unfocused, usually without his vocals. I assumed that the album was scheduled to come out next year. So I said, “When are you thinking of finishing up?” And he said, “It’s coming out in five weeks.” Like completely confident and fine.
He wasn’t stressed.
Not at all. I said, “I have a record coming out in November that’s a lot further along than this.” He said, “Really? What are you doing for the next five days?” I said I was going to go away. Then he said, “Please help me. Would you be open to fixing it and shaping it and finishing it off?”
Did he realize how much more work it needed?
To me it seemed impossible what he was asking. I remember I wasn’t feeling that well that day, and I was thinking, Is the music making me sick? I don’t feel good about this. We ended up working probably 15 days, 16 days, long hours, no days off, 15 hours a day. I was panicked the whole time.”
Rick Rubin, on crashing Kanye’s album in 15 days.
As arrogant as Kanye is, he knows when to ask for help. I love that. “Please help me.”