“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive. ‘I don’t understand this person. So they’re crazy.’ That’s bullshit. These people are not crazy. They strong people. Maybe their environment is a little sick.” — Dave Chappelle
Instead of taking the opportunity to mock him further, which was probably inadvisable with Kanye only about a foot away and boring through him with a chilly glare, Kimmel was surprisingly apologetic (That’s refreshing in itself given the half-hearted apologies that have tumbled out of rappers’ mouths this year). What followed was an energized Kanye, with thoughts on fashion, art, music, celebrity, and being unafraid of one’s own greatness.
At times, his emotion got the better of him causing his commentary to be unfocused, but he shared many real jewels. The most important being the idea of living without fear of reprisal, or detractors, or the idea of being the best ever. Much of the interview will be dismissed as pure ego, and many dime-store psychologists have already declared him crazy. But how crazy are we for limiting what it means to be an artist?
Being considered good at what you do is seen as an acceptable goal for an artist. Greatness is an admirable pursuit that most never reach. Kanye West doesn’t want to be good or great. He wants to be a god. Kanye West means to cement his place in the canon as a designer, producer, rapper, musician, and overall arbiter of awesomeness without peer. Every speech interrupted, every outburst, every interview is, to him, a way of making sure that the historical record accurately reflects his impact and, yes, his genius.
Previously: Kanye And Jimmy Kimmel To Square Off Wednesday Night | Jimmy Kimmel Realizes He’s Got “Rap Beef” With Kanye, Discusses Their “Very Angry Phone Call” | Kanye Rips Jimmy Kimmel On Twitter, It’s Amazing, Naturally
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