Don’t you just love when Kanye is able to smile?
He has so many things to be happy about now that he’s engaged, and he was grinning ear to ear as he stopped by Bay Area radio station WiLD 94.9 recently to talk about the controversy surrounding his decision to have a man dressed as Jesus out on stage during his concerts. During the brief sit-down, Kanye was grinning ear-to-ear and in a good mood as he talked about the “Yeezus” tour, while saying God knows his heart and his shows are no different than a stage play or piece of artwork. He also talked a little about the Illuminati, while saying that people who are distracted by it are the new slaves of this generation.
Catch the highlights:
On bringing “Jesus” out on stage during his “Yeezus” tour
I had a friend of mine that’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it. My girl even asked afterward, ‘Hmmm, is that weird if he just comes on stage?’ No, we do plays all the time where people play Jesus. What’s awesome about Christianity is that we’re allowed to portray God. We are allowed to draw images of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him. Other religions, you’re not allowed to do that. So that’s what’s really awesome about Christianity. That’s one of the awesome things.[...]Michelangelo did it.
It’s a painting. It’s a sculpture. It’s a moving opera. It’s a play. I’m not even gonna do any comparisons with that because God knows where my heart is at.[...]I’ma tell you one thing. One of the things I wanted to get across with that message is that you can have a relationship with Jesus, that you can talk to Jesus. This is my literal…in the same way as someone can have ‘Jesus is my homeboy,’ that is the way I would express it. In the way I create it is that you can have a relationship with Jesus. You can talk to him.
On being a Christian & wanting to be like Jesus
The reason it was funny to say ‘white Jesus’ is whether it’s a portrayal of what your image of something is. You know, all that matters is what you see and how you believe in you and how you love your family. That’s my opinion. The real opinions are in the Bible. This is my opinion and message for what I’m dealing with right now.[...]It’s funny because you hear the term ‘black Jesus’ all the time, but you never hear the term ‘white Jesus.’ It’s just some Kanye West s–t really. The same way Will Ferrell gets up and he performs his stuff, I’m a performance artist. I’m a believer. Anytime that word ‘Jesus’ can be used more in our lives, I believe it’s a good thing. So even if it’s a title Yeezus…when I say this about my heroes, people wanna be like Mike, I want to be like Christ. I keep it five years old at all times. I think people have had all these boundaries of people’s opinions that hold them back to what they honestly want to create, so the biggest form about me having any form of portrayal of Jesus is I wanted to do it.
On the Illuminati controversy
[Rapping "New Slaves"]See they’ll confuse us with some bulls–t/Like the New World Order/Meanwhile the DEA teamed up with the CCA/They tryna lock n—as up/They tryna make new slaves/See that’s that privately owned prison/Get your piece today/They prolly all in the Hamptons/Bragging ’bout what they made/F–k you and your Hampton house/I’ll f–k your Hampton spouse/Came on her Hampton
[...] What that means is some of the distractions is working. They distractions are working. They distract you talking about some ‘That’s Illuminati!’ Do anybody know what the Illuminati is supposed to be? What are you talking about right now? The word is a sexy word. You can make a cologne out of it or something like that.[...]There’s only two things on my mind when I create: God and Jesus.