Kanye West: I'm the No. 1 rock star - on the planet
September 24th, 2013
04:25 PM ET

Kanye West: I'm the No. 1 rock star - on the planet

Lately, Kanye West has been frustrated.

As he told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe in a wide-ranging, hour-long interview this week, "I've reached a point in my life where my 'Truman Show' boat has hit the painting ... I've reached the glass ceiling as a creative person, as a celebrity."

In his view, Kanye West isn't just a rapper but a producer of product - and "not just clothing," he clarified, "but water bottle design, architecture, everything you could think about."

The source of his frustration, though, is that with him being a celebrity and a rap artist, the presumption is that he's limited in his abilities to stretch out into other arenas.

"I showed people that I understand how to make perfect - '(My Beautiful) Dark (Twisted) Fantasy' could be considered to be perfect. I know how to make perfect, but that's not what I'm here to do," he said. "I'm here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically and in society, culturally. ... I shouldn't be limited to only one place of creativity. ... I want to be the anchor of the first trillion dollar company."

Upon hearing that, listeners will inevitably surmise that's the old sizable West ego rearing its head again, the kind of response that seems to have left the 36-year-old artist genuinely confused.

Referring to his song "I Am A God" on "Yeezus," he wondered why "everybody says, 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was: a god!" West exclaimed in exasperation. "Would it have been better if I had a song that said, 'I am a n****r?' Or if I had a song that says 'I'm a gangster,' or, 'I am a pimp?' All those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a god ... especially when you got shipped over to the country that you're in, and your last name is a slave owner's ... how could you have that mentality?"

And yet, despite his irritation at the limitations he's found, West hasn't lost perspective. Nor does he doubt that he'll accomplish his mission.

"For me, in my life and creativity, it's been challenging, but I was able to ascend to massive levels and never stop because of the foundation that my mother and my father and my grandfather laid through civil rights," he told Lowe. "What Michael Jackson did with music videos, and the ground he broke, there would be no Kanye West without Michael Jackson."

Now, rappers are "the rock stars," West said, "and I'm the biggest of all of them. I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet."

If he's successful, the next ten years will also include big paydays for his daughter with Kim Kardashian, North. The artist, who's by now also famous for his tussles with paparazzi, envisions a time when his daughter will get paid for all of the pictures photographers will undoubtedly angle to take.

"I'm going to tell my daughter, ... 'Me and your mother were in a completely different situation than you're in ... all these checks you're getting at age six because people are taking your picture ... I made that happen, Nori.'"

His family, West noted, is where he finds space to be himself.

"Family time, it's what Kim gave me," he said. "She gave me everything. She gave me a family, she gave me a support system. She was in a powerful enough situation where she could love me without asking me for money - which is really hard for me to find."

So for those aching for the "Watch the Throne" or "Bound 2" Kanye, rather than the "Yeezus" that was introduced this summer, rest assured that version of the artist hasn't disappeared. He's just aiming higher.

"I always felt like I could do anything. That's the main thing people are controlled by - their perception of themselves. They're slowed down by their perception of themselves," he said. "Go listen to all my music, it's the codes of self-esteem. If you're a Kanye West fan, you're not a fan of me, you're a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself - I'm just the espresso. I'm just the shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe that you can overcome that situation that you're dealing with all the time."

West, you see, was taught that he can "do everything," as the rapper told Lowe. "And I'm Kanye West at age 36. So just watch the next 10 years."



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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Fred

    You lemmings made him rich .... NOW KNEEL BEFOE YOUR GOD ! !

    December 10, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Honorable66

    Kane must be related to Obama. Maybe they are brothers. With the parents Obama had, you never know.

    October 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AuntySocial

    Kanye is no more a rock star than I am. At least I know what rock is and appreciate it greatly. He could never hold a candle to true rock stars like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, or Iron Maiden.

    October 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. glenda

    Leave this clown at the circus! By the way, your name will never be as great or in the same league as Elvis, Bruce, Bon Jovi, or any of the really true talents. It's a toss up, which one of you is the biggest loser, you or your pathetic white trash girlfriend.

    October 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KanyeLoveLife

    I do agree with the others its time too see other women .... this Kim thing has been going on for 13 years and its the same whining day in and day out.

    September 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the encouraging words are all delays and from the same people. with 9 million user names.

    its a fake like she is

    September 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The websites basically delays people from moving forward

    have your read some of the garbage....most of the 40,000 is her

    September 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. She was not molooosted..she's a liar--got the story

    wake up peopl;e

    September 27, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. hacking updates as follows

    Camera Post Its nailed like 100 times
    Mafalda call Mafalda reported her also for hacking into the call-
    UT is U Bimbo
    Uses Experience project for hacking purposes...(whiich we knew already)
    The website is used for hacking into what i am doing

    We nailed her at 2:30pm

    September 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HappyCow Photos

    we agree the person is garbage-

    September 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. moose breath

    Kanye, you are the number one piece of trash on the face of the planet! Followed, in order, by your main trash-squeeze, Kim Kartrashian and your bottom of the barrel trashy "zebra kid", South East!!! Garbage is as garbage does!!!

    September 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Was not home last night...


    September 26, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marketta

    Come back when you can beat her a the drums

    September 26, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    This story is very amusing, especially when Kanye claims he is the no. 1 rock star. He has no concept of rock, only rap and don't ask him to sing, he can't carry a tune. I am eagerly awaiting his departure from the scene. His biggest successes in music are when he collaborates with other artists (who have real talent). When he does solo performances, he sucks! As for the water bottles, I think momma Kris got him that gig!

    September 26, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I agree, I downloaded Yeezus and I like the MUSIC, it was written, produced and recorded by other people! The worst part of that record is when this self centered loser starts rapping. I bet he just rocked up to the studio and laid his vocals tracks all over someone elses hard work. I doubt he would spend much of his precious time working on the production qualities – that's what he pays other people to do. I would call him a poet – not a musician. And not a good poet. Courtney Love is a good poet.

      September 26, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      how's the resume going?

      September 26, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I don't need a resume. People look at my face and hire me instantly.

      September 27, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rock

    Come back and talk to me when you have a record on the charts for 715 weeks like PF did, sweetcheeks

    September 26, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  16. Your not a rock star...

    and never will be....your a bimbo

    September 26, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  17. timr

    lol hahaha Kayne a rock star? the noise he makes aint rock music if he was the biggest then how come his name isnt up there with big names like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc.? I've never heard of this clown til he jumped the stage and grabbed Taylor Swift's mic and shot his mouth off.. i listened to like 2 minutes of his work and its pure rubbish.. ya aint got what it takes to be a rock star Mr Kayne ya cant sing a single note and you don't even play a musical instrument at all.. your just a big mouthed wannabe that's all

    September 26, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  18. Your eeee crap is stupid.

    and immature.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The eeeee means she thinks she got us...

    the beep means we got the bug bimbo......you get and eee we get a beep.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Reblogged too: Moving

    yea that's what i saw in the paper

    September 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. wssnewsblog

    Reblogged this on Why So Serious News and commented:
    Well Kanye's never been the most modest person in the world....

    September 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Win 50

    Now Shminglewood knows you too....robot in bed.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Robot in Bed

    our tomzie nailed her at 5pm....you see how stupid you are-and we told Brian

    September 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Robot in Bed

    We nailed her at 5pm....our T has his own computer company. You see how connected we are in this basement?

    September 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bimbo44

    100 bucks says she hacked into my call 20 min ago. Report the bimbo..I never gave her authority too bug my phone...bimbo

    September 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Boo

    If I didn't know better, I'd swear this idiot is a conservative....he certainly is a moron.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Don't worry about kanye's wife

    worry about yours

    September 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mr. Crass

    Hey, Kanye.... I saw some your wife making a porn movie with some dude, on the internet.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bigv

    He's not even the biggest rock star at his house!

    I gave Kanye West $120 and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt 🙁

    September 25, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. M.A.P.

    water bottle design. water bottle design. water bottle design. water bottle design.

    Am I the only one who found this hilarious!?

    September 25, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  32. WVLady63

    He's a legend in his own mind...........but no where else. He is nothing but a thug who sells his "music" to people that he flim flams with his poser talent.

    September 25, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  33. Khloe

    Kanye, can you share some of your stash with Odom? Promise to pay you back later! XOXO!

    September 25, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. Maggie

    Completely conceited narcissist. It turns my stomach to look at this PoS.

    September 25, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  35. Meh


    "Kanye West: I'm the No. 1 rock star – on the planet"

    September 25, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  36. Judy T

    Ya know, there is a town outside New Orleans by the name of Westwego. Wonder if he came from there and just forgot the second w?

    September 25, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      That was a good one. Someone should tell him that "pride goeth before a fall" He's in for a big fall if it's going to match his incredibly HUGE ego. The only thing you can do about this grease stain is to ignore him and not buy what he thinks is "music". If he only knew what a JOKE he is and how the whole country is laughing at this fool maybe he would keep his mouth shut. I don't care how much money these two have, they are the best example that money does NOT BUY CLASS.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. JellyBean

    More like number one jackazz.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You're up early, JB!

      No1 Jackazz!? Have you not yet seen his bottled water designs!?!?!

      September 25, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@M.A.P.

      Sarcasm, I hope. He has a following and is rich but that doesn't make him a designer, no matter how badly he wants it.

      September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • @M.A.P. & Big Shiz

      Actually, there is a tie for Number One Jackazz between M.A.P. & Big Shiz. Kanye has always been number 2. (As in a big steaming pile)

      September 25, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      @JellyBean – No sarcasm. His water bottle designs saved my life. I am currently studying water bottle design at the Humboldt University and plan to have a masters degree in bottled water design before im 40! Bottled water is the new architechture.

      September 25, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. M.A.P.

    Yes Kanye, your inspirational bottled water designs have certainly enriched my life. I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on an exclusive Kanye West water bottle design, it was so sleek, so perfectly shaped and designed, I nearly died right there in the store. I knew straight away that this innovative water in a clear, smooth, plastic bottle was all the world needed to see to realise the true potential of Mr West and his obvious fantasticness.

    Thank you, Kanye, for this gift to humanity. The gift of an exclusive Kanye West bottle of water.

    September 25, 2013 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  39. tom

    this guy is a *complete* d0uche lord....

    September 25, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  40. MN

    Kanye is sick.....and so is his lover, Kim.....Poor little girl to have 2 egotistical parents. Both need psychiatric help!!

    September 25, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  41. Eric

    Kayne – #1 Rock star EVER....PLEASE dude you don't even add up to a one hit wonder in Rock N Roll...so you better "check yourself before you wreck yourself"...lmao

    September 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. architrace

    Kanye isnt the most intelligent musician out there but no one can deny that his music has changed rap significantly in the last 10 to 15 years. For all those always bashing on him, they are quite don't get celebrities. Celebrities are 'PRODUCTS' and we judge and value them as that. Kanye candidly admits to this and cares less if you like his music or not. As a product, his role is to service a visual/image based society with images and sounds that cater to its demands. Society demands simulations and effects and celebrities deliver them quite well. We like and even worship celebrities because they take on the burden of our self-image which is; detached, enstranged, indifferent, virtual and fragmented. So rather than hating on Kanye, we should be appreciative of his sacfrice for us...In many ways, he indeed is a god!

    September 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dave

    Am I the only one that ran to the bathroom to throw up after I read this. He makes me sick I feel bad for their kid south east west coast, south of the border what ever her name is she has two parents that are totally in love with themselves .I could go on and on he just a stuck up nobody who came into a lot of money and thinks he's god no pun intended .
    for listening

    September 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Dirge

    What an egotistical load of sh!t. Someone needs to let the air out of that blowhard.

    September 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Obviously you have yet to see his vision of hip-hop inspired water bottle designs. They really are revolutionary.

      September 25, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  45. Lori

    He better hire a publicist. This is really scary.

    September 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. viranka

    he is so full of crap...

    September 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Donlizard

    Kanye no .... no your not. You're not even in the same league as ACTUAL rock stars Robert Plant or Paul Stanley. You don't have anything to do with ROCK. Here's a reality check for you, you are the biggest entertainment joke there is, and having a baby with Kim K. (one of the biggest non-talent media w*ore there are) just emphasizes that fact. Please stop, we're all getting bored with your self-promoting crap. Next ....

    September 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • KartrashianTalkin

      Enough said - he's too stupid to know when he's being laughed at.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. lulz

    i bet he actually doesn't get the fishtick joke

    September 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Just Askin

    Is he auditioning for a new comedy sketch?

    September 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  50. KartrashianTalkin

    Ohhh . . . I thought he didn't want to EXPLOIT the little rug rat by having her photo taken? Now he's giving her checks. What a wacko. His so called music is a joke. If he's got any goal setting - he'll learn how to speak English first. Rock Star, my a s s !

    September 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. KartrashianTalkin

    Kartrashian must have fallen for his bs too - he's delusional. He's got such a HUGE chip on his shoulder, he's so jealous, such a temper, and it's obvious that when things don't go his way, he pouts and kicks and screams. I don't trust people with his temperament. Just go away, you talentless hack, and take the oinker with you.

    September 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  52. rp

    dude is soo full of himself, what a joke

    September 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      That isn't all he's full of...

      September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • do not call anyone full of anything

      she is not the jerk above and stop listening too another brainwash of she being full of herself...your bimbo started this game

      we did not....no go look at your mess for no s-x for 13 years and stop looking at other....

      September 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Teri

    I bet every mirror in his house has kiss marks on it.

    September 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • KartrashianTalkin

      LOL - good one – and he's probably wearing HER lipstick!!

      September 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • THe lipstick only gets darker and darker and the heels get higher and higher

      you like your plain jane s-xless marriage stay with it.....

      September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The Truth Leopard

    What an idiot.... He is Manic without the fall.

    September 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

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