Kanye West Calls Words 'One of Our Lowest Forms of Communication,' Now Beeping At Friends

The latest surprise from the artist

April 16, 2020

Fans of Kanye West the rapper may be in for a surprise. The music mogul recently explained in an in-depth interview - which covers everything from his food, clothing, and construction concepts - to his musical aspirations and renewed faith in God - that he's moving on from using language as communication and wants to "make things that are speechless."

He seems to be basing this idea on Wu Tang Clan patriarch, RZA, whose album Bobby Digital In Stereo features a character who communicates in a series of digital noises.

"Music, sound, food, dancing are nonverbal forms of communication. We get so wrapped up into words," West explains to GQ for their May 2020 cover story.

"We have to make things that leave people speechless. We have to make things to the level where no one can say anything.”

Speaking as, we can only assume, as Kanye the producer rather than rapper, he goes on to explain his vision of music as a form of non-verbal communication and admits he's begun using "beep sounds" to connect with friends.

“The greatest freedom is to challenge the vernacular,” West says. “Or add something to the vernacular. I saw Matt Williams in the hotel lobby at the Mercer a couple weeks ago. Right when I saw him, I started communicating in, like, beep sounds. You know the beginning of the Bobby Digital song? Like that.”

It's an interesting idea, and one that fans will surely keep a close eye, (ear?) on.

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