Our little Kanye's growing up!
"My daughter, she wants to express herself, but she just doesn't have the words for it," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Thursday. "And for me, there's so many things I want to do with film, with clothes, and I just didn't have the words or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it, being that I was a rapper."
Um, poor Kanye?
"You guys," he said, addressing the studio audience, "last year, two years ago, whatever, you guys were seeing someone being suffocated by perception." People could see his successes but wouldn't allow him to branch out.
He described a new deal to design for Adidas as "a little bit of oxygen."
Of course, all that healthy information came out after he'd quietly compared himself to the man who stood solo in front of a column of tanks during China's Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Clearly, Kanye's sense of self remains firmly intact.
"There's things I have done in the past that were considered negative," he said, "but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way."
OK, that clears that up. Culture must be so grateful.
Now, West says, he has to remember he has a family to protect -- a family he said would be getting however big his wife, Kim Kardashian, wants it to be.
Since becoming a father and a husband he's "definitely learned how to compromise more, which is something you have to understand when you partner with people in business," he said.
"And I've learned how to shut up more ... I think I'm a better human being because of [Kim] and because of my daughter. I have ... someone to think about going home to, and something for me to not only be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family too."
In recent years, he said, he tried doing things differently, instead of beating his head against the same walls.
"I actually got some really good results from it too," West said.
Go figure ...