Kanye West Reveals Inspiration Behind ‘I Am A God’

Kanye West has been a bit more open to the media with the release of his sixth studio effort Yeezus, but not without some opposition to the current state of music and celebrity.

In an interview with W magazine, ‘Ye dishes on the inspiration behind his highly controversial track, “I Am a God.” After a major fashion designer told West he was invited to a highly anticipated runway event on the condition that he would agree not to attend any other shows, he headed to his lab to write the track.

“So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ ” West said. “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 … 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.”

Ultimately, West explains he is not one to be tamed. “I made that song because I am a god,” he says. “I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend shit. That shit is rock ’n’ roll, man. That shit is rap music. I am a god. Now what?”

Read the full profile here. —Alley Olivier

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