Kanye West is revealing in a new interview with W magazine why he recorded the controversial track, “I Am a God.” Ye says he made the song after being informed at last year’s Paris Fashion Week that he could attend a very high-profile runway show only if he agreed not to attend any others.
“So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ ” West explains. “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.” West is not smiling as he says this, and his voice is getting louder with each sentence. “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.”
West doesn’t stop there, adding, “I made that song because I am a god. 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?”
The song can be heard on the rapper’s Yeezus album which was released last week. For more on the interview, head over to W’s website.