News: Kanye West Reveals 'I Am God' Was Motivated By A Diss: "I'm The No. 1 Living & Breathing Rock Star"
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 12:15PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West takes his fans a bit closer into his personal life in a new W magazine feature where he discusses his love for Paris and where the actual motivation for his "I Am God" Yeezus track stems from.
While Mr. West has traveled across the entire world, he credits France's most iconic city for inspiring his creativity.
His current exile in Paris--a town famously lacking in yes-men, where even a star like West is just another outsider who can't get a table at his favorite restaurant if it happens to be full--seems like his latest exercise in self-abnegation, in the name of self-improvement. "In Paris, you're as far as possible from the land of pleasant smiles," West says. "You can just trip on inspiration--there are so many people here who dedicate their lives to excellence." And inspiration is particularly crucial to West these days, given his ultimate ambition, which goes way beyond making hit records or developing a discerning eye for console tables. He's plotting to create operas, stores, films, product packaging, amusement parks, and, possibly, entire cities. West is essentially out to redesign the world, if the world will let him do it. (W Magazine)
He also coughs up the true reason behind penning his new "I Am God" anthem.
It turns out this song was inspired by a serious diss--not from another rapper but from a major fashion designer. Last fall, a few days before Paris Fashion Week, 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." West is not smiling as he says this, and his voice is getting louder with each sentence. "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." (W Magazine)
In a recent New York Times interview, Ye boasts about his knack for attaching himself to trend and culture-setting movements throughout his career.
"I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern. I think that's a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: "This is the level that things could be at." So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it's supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus." (New York Times)
Earlier this year, Kanye spent ample time in Paris working on the new Yeezus LP.
Kanye West is due back in the States next month, Page Six has exclusively learned, but it's not necessarily to rush to the side of his very pregnant reality star girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. Sources tell us the rapper -- who's been working on a new album in France -- will appear as musical guest on "SNL" on May 18. West's been holed up in a palatial pad ever since Paris fashion week in February, leaving his baby mama alone to brave pregnancy and public scrutiny over her weight, maternity fashions and upcoming divorce trial with Kris Humphries. Sources tell us the rapper's even pondering a permanent move to Paris. An NBC rep would only say the show hasn't announced its lineup. (New York Post)
Check out "I Am God":