Los Angeles, CA – Kanye West is undeniably brilliant creatively speaking but when it comes to outlandish comparisons, he’s on a whole other level. Ye has likened himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Picasso and even Jesus.
As West was interviewing his interior designer Axel Vervoordt for The Hollywood Reporter’s Pret-A-Reporter, Ye said he feels like the late physicist Stephen Hawking, who passed away last month. His colorful comment came while the two were discussing the impermanence of fashion.
“When I talk to people in fashion they say, ‘Fashion is a dream, you’re selling a dream, it’s selling that aspiration,’” West says. “I started to say things to people — now some of these things I could change my opinion two or three times on it depending on the feeling. I feel like Stephen Hawking. He changed his ideas and his theories all the time. After proving something right, he proved something wrong, right? Because there is no wrong or right, it’s bipolarity, it is both sides.”
West also references Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech and explains why he feels like the word “try” can imply failure.
“Fashion says, ‘It’s a dream that they’re selling,’” he says. “Now with Instagram and who you are on the internet versus who you really are; who you are when you’re awake versus who you can be when you go to sleep and you really ‘dream.’ I had this Martin Luther King — he says, ‘I had a dream,’ and I say, ‘No more dreams.’ These are ideas that could be put into action. Sometimes to say something is a dream is almost to say that it isn’t possible, or to say that you’re trying but — It’s like the word try. Sometimes the word try for me it sounds like fail also.”
Along the way, Ye revealed he’s working on a philosophy book called Break The Simulation as well.
“I’ve got this new concept that I’ve been diggin’ into,” he explains. “I’m writing a philosophy book right now called Break the Simulation. And I’ve got this philosophy — or let’s say it’s just a concept because sometimes philosophy sounds too heavy-handed. I’ve got a concept about photographs, and I’m on the fence about photographs — about human beings being obsessed with photographs — because it takes you out of the now and transports you into the past or transports you into the future.
“It can be used to document, but a lot of times it overtakes [people]. People dwell too much in the memories. People always wanna hear the history of something, which is important, but I think it there’s too much of an importance put on history.”
Read West’s full interview with Vervoordt here.