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There’s lots of chatter this week about Kanye West’s newly released, Jesus-referenced “Yeezus” album, including his song “I Am a God.” It’s well-known that West thinks highly of himself, (in 2006, a profile in Rolling Stone said “it has become a cliche to call Kanye West arrogant.”) And that was before this week’s extended Q and A in The New York Times in which West compared his cultural influence to that of Steve Jobs’s.
Here as some of the lyrics provoking the most debate this week:
West is far from the only celeb to compare himself to the Almighty. In 1966 John Lennon called the Beatles “more popular than Jesus” and, as Kia Makarechi in in the Huffington Post points out, Madonna, who grew up Catholic but now practices a mystical form of Judaism, often and controversially draws on religious themes, including mock crucifying herself during concerts.
But artists have always used religious themes to tell their own stories. And many writers have praised West’s use of religious imagery in ‘I am a God,’ endorsing the theological concept that all are created in the image and likeness of God.
West sees himself as a cultural icon, inspiring the music and fashion worlds through his provocation.
West’s religion? May we all be in the image and likeness of Kanye.
Image courtesy of Jason Persse.