By Alice Bradley.
Kanye West and his inflated ego are back in the media limelight.
A skit that appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s talkshow having children depict an interview Kanye did with the Radio 1’s Zane Lowe upset the rap superstar, and he repsonded with a lengthy and erratic Twitter tirade against the talkshow host.
Mr West then appeared on Jimmy Kimmell Live to have it out with Jimmy, or reconcile their differences – it is unclear which one.
During the show the self-proclaimed “Louis Vuitton Don” tried to explain that it was unfair to take his Radio 1 interview out of context because it was conducted at a time when he was trying “to deal with the last 10 years” where he’d been unfairly “put in the classification of ‘just a celebrity’.”
“I’m a creative genius and there is no other way to word it,” he said.
Jeez, it must be hard being referred to as a celebrity when you’re actually a genius.
Later in the interview the man who has made a super-sized career out of rap music expressed his irritation with falling under the label: “rapper.”
“I’m more of a messenger,” Kanye explained.
The interview then descended into deja-vu territory, with Kanye running off again about culture/art/celebrity and how he wants to change the world. He said something about not having Zara and Topshop when he was growing up and I’m sure there was a connection in there somewhere but I think I may have missed it.
Awkward interviews, half-hearted apologies, confusing rants and Twitter wars are nothing new for ‘Ye:
- There was the “George Bush doesn’t care about white people” moment … followed by world’s most awkward (not quite) apology.
- The time where he thought the VMAs was his own personal award show.
- the one where he thought mid-concert was a good time to run-off about how poorly he is treated by the press.
Kanye’s media presence is provocative to say the least but in a pop culture climate dominated by publicity trained sock-puppets like Justin Bieber and One Direction, isn’t it kind of exciting to see what (ridiculous thing) Kanye will do next?
At the beginning of the Kimmell interview Kanye assured the audience that this was not a publicity stunt and he had never done anything even close to a publicity stunt in his life.
Somehow, I believe it.