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Kanye West Explains “I Am A God” Inspiration, ‘Yeezus’ And Compares Himself To More People In W Magazine


Kanye West recently sat down with W Magazine. Writer Christopher Bagley hangs out with West while in Paris during the recording of Yeezus. In the story that was conducted through a series of interviews in March and April, West shares his reasons behind comparisons to Tiger Woods, The Beatles, among others, how “I Am A God” was inspired by a diss, and his future plans. Here are a few highlights:

West Compares Himself To These Figures: Le Corbusier, the Beatles, Marlon Brando, Tiger Woods, Azzedine Alaïa, Kate Moss, and the Soup Nazi, among others.

He Wants To Redesign The World: He’s plotting to create operas, stores, films, product packaging, amusement parks, and, possibly, entire cities.

He Made A Track With The Weeknd: The R&B star hailing from Toronto was a part of a song he describes as “reckless.”

He Calls ‘Yeezus’: A “one-man gangbang.”

“I Am A God” Was Inspired By A Diss From A Major Designer: West was informed that he’d be invited to a widely anticipated runway show only on the condition that he agree not to attend any other shows. “So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ ” West says. “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.”

He Played New Music For Kris Jenner, Who Simply Said, “Great Job”: He raises his eyebrows. “Great job?” he says and sets off on a comic riff that cracks up everyone in the room. Toasting with his champagne glass, he says, “Great job, Baccarat, for making a glass that can hold liquid!” He looks down at his waist. “Great job, belt loops, for keeping my pants up!”

On His Appearance On Keeping Up With The Kardashians: “Oh, that’s just all for love. It’s simply that. At a certain point, or always, love is more important than any branding, or any set of cool people, or attempting to impress anyone. Because true love is just the way you feel.”

Read the rest of the story here.

[via W Magazine]

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