Kanye West in an interview with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen (via Interview Magazine):
The risk for me would be in not taking one—that's the only thing that's really risky for me. I live inside, and I've learned how to swim through backlash, or maintain through the current of a negative public opinion and create from that and come through it and spring forth to completely surprise everyone—to satisfy all believers and annihilate all doubters. And at this point, it's just fun.
West and McQueen recently collaborated at last year's VMA Awards, when West performed in front of a haunting photo of a lynching tree taken by McQueen.