During a 2013 interview with the New York Times
, West was asked about his decision to interrupt Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He replied that he had "no regrets," adding that he felt peer pressured to apologize. He then explained that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
was "my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: 'Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.'"
West went on to admit that only about 80 percent of Dark Fantasy
was what he wanted to give, and the remaining 20 percent was fulfilling a perception. "I don't have some type of romantic relationship with the public," he said. "I'm like, the anti-celebrity, and my music comes from a place of being anti. That was the album where I gave people what they wanted. I don't think that at that point, with my relationship with the public and with skeptical buyers, that I could've done 'Black Skinhead