Kanye West Thinks His Synesthesia Is His Mutant Handicap
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon that takes place when the five senses criss-cross and a person may, for example, be able to taste color. In a new interview with Surface Magazine, Kanye West claims he can visualize sound. He also believes his synesthesia is similar to something you would see in a comic book.
"I have synesthesia—I see sound," he said. "And I actually have paintings and drawings from high school where I was trying to show what the sounds in front of me looked like."
Kanye compares his gift to the mutant powers of the X-Men. He says he didn't even know it was synesthesia until 2012, when he was making the Cruel Summer compilation.
"I think it’s my mutant handicap," he said. "All X-Men have a little handicap that helps them become X-Men. I didn’t know the term synesthesia until I was working on Cruel Summer. Halfway into writing that, I really understood that my entire life I had been trying to describe this condition of mine: through painting, through this seven-screen Surround Vision film we shot in Qatar, through all these things."
You might remember Pharrell having the same thing, hence the N*E*R*D album Seeing Sound.
— Surface Magazine (@SurfaceMag) November 19, 2016
#ThinkLikeYe 🔊 See the full interview with Kanye West on Nov 21. pic.twitter.com/QJ3AiNIehV — Surface Magazine (@SurfaceMag) November 18, 2016
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