Kanye West compares himself to Da Vinci and… a chair

Kanye West is trying to clear up a few misconceptions about himself ahead of his headline set at Glastonbury this weekend.

The rapper is known for making comparisons between himself and other iconic figures, and in a new interview with the Sunday Times’ Culture Magazine, he has likened himself to Leonardo Da Vinci… and a chair.

“There’s things that I think have come off wrong over the past 12 years in how I have resisted the constant being boxed, the constant being put in my place,” he said. “I’ve scrammed my way out of it, I’ve run my way out of it, I’ve fought my way out of it and I’ve spit my way into it.”

Discussing his forays into other fields outside of music, such as fashion, he continued: “Imagine if Da Vinci or Michelangelo or Galileo were asked not to think of anything except for the one thing they first became famous for. So da Vinci could only have one idea. For all haters, I’m not saying I’m Da Vinci, but I feel it’s right for any human being to compare themselves to anything.”

“I could compare myself to this chair, I’m saying, ‘I’ve got all this on my back, so I’m a chair.’ People get really uptight about my comparisons, but I’m an extreme speaker, and I speak through comparisons”.

“If you want to put a box and a title on me, box me and title me as a servant. I don’t want people to look at me as a god, I don’t want people to look at me as a king, I don’t want people to look at me in terms of how many Grammys I have. I want you to look at me like the driver – not even a car service, or a cab driver. I want you to look at me like the maid, you know, that cleans your house. And I might be a tough maid, but if I come to you and say ‘Termites’, you better fucking believe me. Because I saw the termites.” Fair enough.

West headlines the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury next Saturday.


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