Kanye West Compares Himself to ‘12 Years a Slave’

November 22, 2013 By:
Kanye West Compares Himself to ‘12 Years a Slave’
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Kanye West made another questionable statement. This time comparing his fight in fashion to the slavery depicted in the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, which tells the story of a free man sold into servitude.

On writer Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast, Kanye drew a parallel between his struggles to that of the real-life Solomon.

It’s another one of those somewhat disjointed rants, so we’ll just reprint some excerpts for you to unscramble:

“For me, I felt like the main character [Solomon Northup] in what I’m dealing with, even as a mega-popular-rich-celebrity-f*ck-you-who-do-you-think-you-are-to-complain-about-anything situation that I’m in. Or, in the past, when I’ve dealt with attempting to create in other fields [such as] clothing. I was sitting in Paris and dealing with all of these companies that I promoted, and…my friends promoted, and the reason literally why they would sell on Barney’s floors, is because me and Jay Z wore it.”

“It will be something that I sort of discovered maybe four years before...and then you say, 'Hey, I want to be part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that’—and they stop you right there."

“I kind of saw that...as the parallel of the main character in 12 Years a Slave. When it was taken away from me, it felt like as a creative to be enslaved, to have all of these ideas for product, things you were talking about earlier.”

“So me having like a world view of just being super dedicated to awesomeness, and making things better, because particularly in clothing…I can do this parallel.”