The controversial ”Runaway” singer asked, “How does it feel to know that you could have any man in the world? Or woman? How does it feel to know that you can turn straight women gay?”
Rihanna said after asking if that was a “real question,” “Well … Thank you. I don’t know how to feel about that. I guess that’s flattering.”
Following Rihanna’s modest response, Kayne adds, “But just to have that level of power. How to deal with it? No one woman should have that much power.”
Kayne then gushes about her last tour’s pink army tank, describing it as “great commercial art,” referring to the piece as “potraying the American Dream — like the fantasy of a this hot black girl sitting on a top of a pink tank.”
Rihanna said in regards to the tank’s inspiration, “I love to combine femininity with a kind of extreme masculine egde, and I felt like the tank is just not a typical thing that you think of when you think of a girl — or in any kind of relation to a girl. Then we made it hot pink. We just added that touch.”
Kanye then asked Rihanna how she got signed. She explained that she was 16 and met producers Evan [Rogers] and Carl [Sturken] who she was introduced to by friends. Within a year she had a demo produced and Def Jam was the first to call back with a label.
Rihanna said that the whole experience was nerve-wracking. “I mean, I was 16. From Barbados. Like, you would never … the chances of ever meeting somebody famous or ever being signed — that was just a deadly combination. Like, I had to meet Jay-Z and audition for him at the same time.”
Catch the entire interview in Interview’s December/January 2011 issue. Rihanna’s fifth album “Loud” is on sale now.