Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s second segment of his BBC 1 Radio four-part series has premiered online and showcases Yeezus addressing the controversy he sparked by declaring himself a god on last summer’s Yeezus.
In Ye’s perspective, he questions why people have problems with him declaring himself a religious figure but not a more stereotypical figure.
“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says, ‘Who does he think he is?’ I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you, that’s what I think I am. Would it have been better if I had a song called ‘I am a n*gga?’ Or if I had a song that said ‘I am a gangster?’ Or if I had a song that said ‘I am a pimp.’ All those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a god? Especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in and your last name is a slave owner’s. ‘How could you say that? How could you have that mentality?'” (BBC Radio 1)
Over the summer, religious musician Sonny Sandoval felt Mr. West only caused harm with his latest solo effort’s content.
In the God department … Kanye West is as phony as a $2 bill — according to a very religious lead singer of a very religious nu-metal band. Christian rocker Sonny Sandoval — famous for songs like “Alive” and “Youth of the Nation” — feels Kanye has committed blasphemy for writing and singing “I am a God” on his “Yeezus” album. Sonny says, “Kanye West deceives many and will lead many people astray.” To hammer his point home … Sonny quotes Matthew 7:15-23 — Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (TMZ)
Recently, Kanye revealed the true motivation behind penning his “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)
A few months ago, G.O.O.D Music’s CyHi the Prynce admitted there is much more to the new album’s title than most people think.
“A lot of people don’t know Yeezus if you break it down is: ‘Ye-Is-us,” Cyhi told MTV news via a Skype interview on Tuesday. Cyhi knows that Kanye won’t do a ton of interviews surrounding the new LP, so he decided to deliver the message to the people. “I’ll break it down to you because I don’t care. ‘Ye will let you sit there and beat yourself up about it,” he told us. “He ain’t gonna do no interviews. He gonna be like, ‘Yeah it’s Yeezus and that’s what it’s called and y’all gotta deal with it.'” (MTV)
Check out Kanye West’s interview: