Kanye West 11/11/2008 for the Observer Music

The Landmark Hotel, London.
We were promised an hour and 2 changes of clothes.
After the usual tense wait, Kanye arrives.
Demure but steely, he insists he will be holding a Louis Vuitton bag in all the pictures and won’t be taking off his sunglasses or his scarf.  I will have 15 minutes maximum.
We take a few images against a paper backdrop and it occurs to me that he looks as though he’s on his way to, or from, somewhere. In transition.
5 minutes to go and I bundle him into the goods lift of the hotel.
When he left, he put on his duffel coat.  A hip-hop Paddington bear.

Kanye West


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