Kanye West Compares Himself To Michelangelo In ‘GQ’ BTS Video

Kanye West isn’t satisfied with perfect, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. In a behind-the-scenes video – which has since been taken offline – from his August GQ Magazine cover shoot, West discussed the utilizing your voice, genius level creativity and Michelangelo.

“If you’re given a voice, if you’re given an opportunity to have a voice, you have to take that seriously out of appreciation for the opportunity given,” he said in the minute-long clip.

West’s desire to constantly destroy creative ceilings found the rapper explaining his dissatisfaction with normal standards of success. Asserting that “perfection is ground zero,” Yeezy described his need to take things to a “genius level.”

“For me, its a fight because most people are just satisfied with ‘it’s good.’ Most people are satisfied at just like a ten or something. It’s not to stop at ten; ten is ground zero. Perfection is ground zero,” he said. “We need to take things to a genius level, that’s when you do stuff that’s perfect, that’s past what’s expected. Well that means it has to have not been done before. But you know what the fuck I’m talking about. I’m talking about Picasso. And this is what we have the opportunity to do.”

Showing little concern for being disliked, West also shared his willingness to be hated for the sake of creativity. Serving as his own stylist for the GQ shoot, he vowed to do what it took to bring forth his best, even re-tailor his pants. The video ended with West comparing himself to Michelangelo.

“Michelangelo decides he wants to sculpt. There could be a bunch of sculptors that are like ‘Oh, no, you’re a painter.’ But he’s Michelangelo. And I am Kanye West.”