It has got to be pretty apparent to everyone by now that Kanye West has got an issue with his ego. In fact we’d go so far as to say the man is one massive ego on two legs. Not even Napoleon Bonaparte had an ego this big, he was a bit too short.
That West is talented, goes without saying. He is that rare combination of ego and talent that never fails to entertain while irritating, almost in equal measure. Listen to any of the 36 year-old performers songs and you will love it. Listen to him talk and he will irritate the heck out of you with his massive ego and tendency to rant.
Well, West has done it again. He’s given an interview to The New York Times to help promote his new Yeezus album due to be released June 18 this year. Mercifully for Kanye, he’s been pretty quiet since his “no-media” rule, one that he started back in 2010. Which does cut down on the amount of times that he can refer to himself in the third person.
Speaking to the New York Times writer Hon Caramanica, West, again using the infuriating third person approach, said, “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period.”
The interview took place at executive producer Rick Rubin’s Shangri-la Studio in Malibu, California.
On June 11, Kanye’s long question and answer session went out to the masses. One day after his album premiere at a Manhattan loading dock that included audience members like Beyoncé, Victor Cruz, and Jay-Z to name but three of the stellar crowd who attended his open air concert. The singer spent most of the interview “talking-up his new album and how producer Rubin helped him to get rid of excess on Yeezus.
With an ego as big as West’s it was surprising to hear him overtly praise someone else for a project of his. He said, “I’m still just a kid learning about minimalism, and he’s a master of it. It’s just really such a blessing, to be able to work with him.”
According to MTV, who refer to West as, “Yeezy,” he has dubbed himself “the Michael Jordan of music” and he goes on to compare his infamous rants to the basketball megastar’s arguments with referees. Because Kanye believes he is so perfect, he is just trying to set things right, he wants to “right the wrongs.”
Kanye, or Yeezy if you prefer, went on to explain, “I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person,” Almost sounding like there might be some sort of racial reason behind the “snub” he went on to say that he doesn’t just want the rap gramophones at the musical award show; which, by the way, he’s gotten 21 times. he added (for those keeping score, he’s won 21).
“But the thing is, I don’t care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate… I don’t want them to rewrite history right in front of us. At least, not on my clock,” he added.
Not surprisingly, for someone with an ego bigger than the state’s of Texas and Alaska combined, West said he has a responsibility to “push possibilities” — it’s a job he takes very seriously and one that he is extremely proud of. He made a name for himself producing the much acclaimed brand of hip-hop soul for the rapper Jay-Z and then released his own rap debut The College Dropout in 2004.
The 36 year-old performer’s career is impressive. It explains why Kanye West is a massive ego on two legs. He has accomplished a great deal in a surprisingly short period of time. West is special and he knows it.
Kanye sees himself as a sort of pioneer for his continual pushing of boundaries in the music world. He hooked up with the celebrated producer Jon Brion on his Late Registration LP and went on to start his own “new wave” period with 2008’s Auto-tuned sing-a-long 808s & Heartbreak. West said, “I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years.”
The ego ridden singer then went on to talk about the 2009 MTV awards and his inexcusable interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech that he was, quite rightly, publicly chastised for. Although, West had previously apologized for his actions, he now seemed to want to withdraw the apology. He said, “If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now,” he said before halting his train of thought to prevent himself from causing a distraction.
In the interview, West spoke openly about everything but the death of his mother Donda in 2007 and the issue of his yet to be born baby daughter. He said, “I just don’t want to talk to America about my family,” he declared. “Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.”
In the entire interview, his two exclusions were perhaps the best and most revealing part of the Q&A. The man who still maintains he is not a celebrity and will not act like one, at least shows with the refusal that he is serious about it.
Of course since this is Kanye West we’re talking about here, The second the interview went out, Twitter reached breaking point with folks defending or vilifying what West had said. As per any Kanye West “event” his followers pointed out his answers and blessed the singer for gifting them with the interview.
One follower tweeted, “This new Kanye interview is making me so happy it’s like Christmas,”
Another agreed and tweeted, “That Kanye interview has me so hyped for Yeezus man it;s unbelievable. I’m like a kid all over again.”
There were some who felt that Kanye was just being his own usual egotistical self and tweeted, “Kanye, please don’t try to act like you’re anti-celebrity. Also, MBDTF is one of your best albums and you know it. Cut the crap.”
One went on to tweet the obvious, “Kanye need anger management he be tripping lol.”
While Kanye West is without a doubt one of the most talented individuals in music today, he also is one of the most ego ridden. For someone who denies that he is a celebrity, he is also full to the brim with his own self importance. He is a massive ego on two legs, no doubt about it. Michael Jordan, to date, has not yet said what he thinks of West’s claim that he is the same as the basketball super star.
By Michael Smith