Does Kanye West really think he’s a god? Well yeah, sort of.
In an interview with W magazine, West talked about his controversial “I Am a God” track off his sixth studio album, Yeezus. He revealed when he wrote the song, and suggested that the “when” also informed the “why.”
The song was apparently inspired by a fashion designer dis last fall shortly before Paris Fashion week. He was told that he’d be invited to a big event, but only on the condition that he steer clear of the other shows.
“So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.”
“You can’t say that you love music and then say that Kanye West can’t come to your show! To even think they could tell me where I could and couldn’t go is just ludicrous. It’s blasphemous—to rock ’n’ roll, and to music.”
There have been numerous artistic reasons floated for the controversial content of Yeezus, but West’s own explanation for regarding himself as a god is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t seem to be up for analysis or debate.
“I made that song because I am a god,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend sh*t. That sh*t is rock ’n’ roll, man. That sh*t is rap music. I am a god. Now what?”
Well, after apotheosis, there isn’t really much.
The interview also included a number of other juicy tidbits, including rare Kanye gushing about Kim Kardashian and an awkward, impromptu moment in which he stopped to mock Kris Jenner. Check it out here.
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