Kanye West on Kim Kardashian, Fatherhood: 'It's All Brand New'

Kanye West on Kim Kardashian, Fatherhood: 'It's All Brand New'
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updated 01/21/2014 at 02:00 PM EST

originally published 01/22/2014 08:40AM

Kanye West and fiancée Kim Kardashian may be scoping out wedding venues in France to discover the perfect site, but the rapper says he's yet to find the right words to describe his love for their baby.

"I think I have to experience it for another few years to be able to give you an opinion," West, 36, tells 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen in February's Interview magazine, which hit newsstands Tuesday. "It's all brand new, how it feels to be a father."

Rarely one to mince words, West admits he's still adjusting to parenthood since the birth of daughter North, now 7 months.

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"There are some things I understand, certain things I don't understand, certain things I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don't have an answer," West says. "All I can say is that I'm happy I have it."



As for how he and reality star Kardashian, 33, handle being in the limelight – on Tuesday, Kardashian posted the Interview cover to Instagram along with the caption "So proud!!!" – the music-mogul-turned-designer says his "astronaut family" keeps him grounded.

"Becoming famous is like being catapulted into space – sometimes without a space suit," he says. "We've seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things … I wanted a family. So God gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that's greater."



West also touches upon the inspiration for his oft-ridiculed "Bound 2" music video, which depicts him riding a motorcycle intertwined with a topless Kardashian.

West, who attended art school in Chicago as a child and refers to himself as a "trained fine artist" and "prodigy," says he and video director Nick Knight aimed to evoke dreams and "white-trash T-shirts."

"It's a dream," West explains, "and I think the controversy comes from the fact that I don't think most people are comfortable with other people's dreams."



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