IS KANYE WEST TAKING THE YEEZUS ALTER EGO TOO FAR
With the recent birth of little North and his pending nuptials to Kim Kardashian, you would think that Kanye West would tone it down a little right? No, me neither! Instead, our eccentric and unpredictable friend Mr. West has decided to reinvent himself as the black Jesus of rap. This isn’t the first time that Kanye has made references to Jesus in his music but is he injecting his audiences with occult symbolism, innuendo and blasphemy in the name of art and music?
Kanye’s sixth studio album, Yeezus is littered with controversial lyrics and symbols in related artwork. To some, its creative expression, to others its outright blasphemy as he continues to compare himself to someone who is extremely important to the Christian faith. We all know John Lennon’s infamous quote that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus, but in 2006 Kanye took this a bit further and posed as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The story, entitled The Passion of Kanye West ran not long after he won a 2005 Grammy Award for the song Jesus Walks. At this point, Kanye tried to defend his inflated ego by saying, “You want me to be great but you don’t ever want me to say I’m great?” Now, I can’t deny that at the beginning of his career, Kanye West was indeed great, a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Although he is still a notable figure along with hip hop powerhouse Jay Z, the reason for his greatness has altered. The music isn’t the same. This is not necessarily a bad thing for some people, but the work we grew to love such as Through the Wire and All Falls Down isn’t being produced anymore. Instead we now have an album dedicated to preaching about himself and his greatness and how this greatness has seemingly made him God like.
With an album track entitled I Am God feat. God, Kanye couldn’t make it any clearer how special he thinks he is. With lyrics like, “I just talked to Jesus/He said, “What up Yeezus?”/I said, “Shit I’m chilling/Trying to stack these millions”/I know he the most high/But I am a close high/Mi casa, su casa/That’s that cosa nostra/I am a god/I am a god/I am a god” Kanye couldn’t be more clear. The guy just isn’t humble. Your listeners are supposed to let you know how much they appreciate your work and let you know its great. You’re not supposed to tell them that it already is! Claiming to be Jesus or like Jesus or God is insolent and just plain crazy. For people who believe in him, Jesus is the pinnacle of love and sacrifice. To taint his image literally and figuratively is levels of disrespect that I can’t even begin to understand. Whether you are interested in symbolism and other forms of spiritualism or not, Kanye’s distortion of a Jesus piece on the original Yeezus album artwork that was never released, shows where he honestly believes he can go with his eccentricities.
Now, we’ve all played at being conspiracy theorists before and we all know the significance of the number 666. The study of numerology is popular amongst secret societies and there is a lot of numerology around this album. As mentioned, Yeezus is Kanye’s sixth album. It was released on 18/6/2013, which in Kaballistic numerology is 6+6+6/6/6, and the word Yeezus has six letters in it. While promoting the album, Kanye had the New Slaves video projected on 66 buildings across 6 countries. Whether you believe in these things or not, they are needless to say major coincidences. Of all the things they could add up to, why the number six? Why does he have the Eye of Horus in a triangle on his Air Yeezy II trainers, a popular symbol for Illuminati conspiracy theorists? Yes, this is all just speculation but why does he do this if there isn’t something going on? Is it merely to create controversy and sensationalise himself? Why does Kanye have this innate need to be spoken about and then say he doesn’t like it? The answer is simple. He is crazy!
True, there are tracks on the album where Kanye seems to be speaking out about the problems that face society on a political and economical level, but none of it matters as his own extremities drown it out. Whatever message he was trying to give is no longer relevant because of his peculiarities. In 2004 at the American Music Awards, he walked out because he lost the Best New Artist award. Two years later he stage crashed the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards with a profanity-laced rant after losing the Best Hip Hop Artist award. And of course, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Video. What is wrong with this guy? He really needs to hold a seat.
While Kanye has admittedly been a welcome addition to music and contributed to it with amazing work, his use of this new alter ego relating so closely to Jesus Christ is disrespectful, attention seeking and I think rather pathetic. He has taken it too far and too many people buy into it so easily. He appears to be speaking out and being rebellious but he’s just as much a slave to the occult elite and music industry powerhouses that he claims he isn’t.