The rapper talks ahead of this weekend's Glastonbury headline set
Kanye West has spoken in a new interview ahead of his upcoming headline appearance at Glastonbury Festival this weekend.
The US rapper will headline the Saturday leg (June 27) of the Worthy Farm event, with organiser Emily Eavis recently describing West’s plans as“big” and “exciting”.
With some festival-goers left angered by West’s booking earlier this year, with an online petition calling for the star to be replaced by a rock band attracting more than 133,000 signatures, West has attempted to dispel a few misconceptions in an interview with The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine.
“There’s things that I think have come off wrong over the past 12 years in how I have resisted the constant being boxed, the constant being put in my place,” he says. “I’ve scrammed my way out of it, I’ve run my way out of it, I’ve fought my way out of it and I’ve spit my way into it.”
Outlining his ambitions to venture into the field of fashion, and other mediums, West adds: “Imagine if Da Vinci or Michelangelo or Galileo were asked not to think of anything except for the one thing they first became famous for. So da Vinci could only have one idea. For all haters, I’m not saying I’m Da Vinci, but I feel it’s right for any human being to compare themselves to anything.”
He continues: “I could compare myself to this chair, I’m saying, ‘I’ve got all this on my back, so I’m a chair.’ People get really uptight about my comparisons, but I’m an extreme speaker, and I speak through comparisons”.
“If you want to put a box and a title on me, box me and title me as a servant. I don’t want people to look at me as a god, I don’t want people to look at me as a king, I don’t want people to look at me in terms of how many Grammys I have. I want you to look at me like the driver – not even a car service, or a cab driver. I want you to look at me like the maid, you know, that cleans your house. And I might be a tough maid, but if I come to you and say ‘Termites’, you better fucking believe me. Because I saw the termites.”
Meanwhile, West also addressed the recent racially-motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina during a special guest performance at 107.9’s Birthday Bash in Atlanta over the weekend (June 20).
Accompanied by just a piano, the star freestyled about racism in America, rapping “See that’s the magic of racism, it works on itself / We hate each other, screw each other, kill each other / When we can’t kill nobody else”. Watch here. The MC and producer also surprised the crowd by bringing out 2 Chainz during a rendition of ‘Mercy’.