No, Kanye West may not have called himself “the next Nelson Mandela.” But he would like you to know that entertaining the heaving, unwashed masses (AKA “us”) is more akin to being in a war than being onstage. So spoke the “Tupac of product,” and so it must be done.
In a recent interview with SaturdayNightOnline.com, West compared his profession to that of police officers and soldiers, saying that he’s “giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk” every night on his ‘Yeezus’ tour. And you thought that performing 27 songs you wrote yourself every night was easy:
“When I think about when I’m on the ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing,’ and ‘Coldest Winter’ moment, like that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped… You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”
West’s latest bout of self-aggrandizement comes just days after a Power 105.1 interview that had him claiming “black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.” That remark, of course, resulted in the Anti-Defamation League demanding an apology.
But, please, before you criticize Ye, know this: he’s out there putting his life on the line every night. Can’t somebody just give him a medal?