"Kanye feels like a director, and I don’t think everything he’s saying in the songs is actually him saying it every time. It’s like a movie, or a concept. On ‘I’m in It’, he’s talking about a bunch of really violently and stunningly visual sex shit, but it’s not like he’s saying stuff like that to his friends 24 hours a day. I mean, sitting around the studio, we all have intelligent conversations about the state of women in the world— I wouldn’t say we had a conversation about feminism, necessarily, but we’re sensitive to it."
— Bon Iver's Justin Vernon (as well as six other Yeezus collaborators) talks to us about the making of Kanye West’s new LP in our latest feature story.
"We wanted to play our music, but we were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else. And we just felt like it was such a large stage. We’re getting nominated for this record that we made… and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play."
— Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on why his band is not performing at the Grammys.