Kanye West almost never does interviews, but The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica wrangled him for a series of fascinating chats running today through the paper. The feature finds West in California, finishing up Yeezus with Rick Rubin and expounding on both the virtues of minimalism and of himself. There are points in the piece where West might sound a little over-the-top, to say the least, but the whole 5-page read is really just a detailed glimpse into the life of a true artist and outspoken individual.

The whole thing is available on the Times’ site, and Yeezus is out June 18.