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Kanye West talks Taylor Swift and Tupac Shakur in new interview

Kanye West is talking -- again. The “Yeezus” rapper sat down with director Steve McQueen for an interview with Interview magazine, and no topic was off limits. On Jan. 20, Us Weekly posted an excerpt from the interview in which West talked about the aftermath of his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week, 2014
Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week, 2014
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The 36-year old rapper explained that he doesn’t consider his outburst a meltdown: “ I call them ‘turn-ups’—at things like the MTV Video Music Awards,” he said, before revealing that “God, sex, and alcohol” got him through the tough times. But he added that he only overdid one thing.

“Well, I don't have an addictive personality, so that means that I can lean on what might be someone else's vice just enough to make it through to the next day,” he said. “You know, just enough religion, a half-cup of alcohol with some ice in it and a nice chaser, and then ... a lot of sex. “

West also dropped some names, but he did so for contextual purposes. While he said he feels that the Tupac Shakur’s mission has been completed (“thugs” have been recognized, he said, pointing to Jay Z’s success), he added: “My mission is very different from Tupac's—and I'm not Tupac. But I think that when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, or whoever, it's because I'm trying to give people a little bit of context to the possibilities that are in front of me, as opposed to putting me in the rap category that the Grammys has put me in. In no way do I want to be the next any one of them. But I am the first me. So I only mention those other names to try to give people a little bit of context.”

Last year, West told the New York Times he lives his life with no regrets. “I don’t have one regret,” he said. “If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.”