Social media practically imploded when Yeezus‘ tracklisting was revealed, thanks in large part to “I Am a God.” Kanye West ruffling feathers through self-indulgence and arrogance? Impossible!
In a recent interview with W Magazine, the song came about because of series of fashion shows in Paris, born out of frustration because apparently he was only allowed to attend one fashion event. SILLY FRENCHMEN, YOU CAN’T CONTAIN YEEZY. NOBODY CAN CONTAIN YEEZY.
“So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’Sh”… 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.
“I made that song because I am a god,” said Kanye. “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?”
Not exactly shocking news, I know.
At this point, there are two kinds of people: the “yeah, he’s a jerk, but he’s made some undeniable classics” camp, and the “f*ck his arrogant ass with a bunch of broken copies of Yeezus” camp. I definitely find myself in the first, but I was a bit let down by Yeezus. I don’t care what he says in interviews or how he comes off in public, but if the best material in his catalog came when he was hungry (College Dropout through Graduation) or heartbroken (808s), maybe a little bit of humble pie is in order some way, somehow.