In many ways, 2013 was a simpler time. A time when a surprising, attention grabbing quote from Kanye West was simply entertaining. A pre-Trump-, pre-MAGA hat Kanye. A Kanye who hadn’t suggested that 400 years of slavery represented “a choice”. All of this is exhausting, and depressing, though at least his recently released eighth album ‘ye’ is pretty damn good (he even almost apologises for the ignorance of the latter comment when he raps, on ‘Wouldn’t Leave’, “I said, ‘Slavery a choice’ — they said, ‘How, ‘Ye?’ / Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day,” and latter implies that he “fucked up“.
As we all decide if we should cancel our favourite musicians and celebrities for idiotic stuff they’ve said and done, let’s rewind the clock and return to the halcyon days of 2013, when Kanye compared himself to a character from the children’s cartoon Wreck-It Ralph. There’s a Wreck-It Ralph sequel coming up, entitled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, and Daft Punk are on the new trailer. The title referencing the cover line from the infamous 2014 Paper magazine cover that starred his wife Kim Kardashian, so it seems like an appropriate time to revisit peak Kanye.
He was talking to Zane Lowe for BBC Radio 1, promoting the near-perfect electro-punk controlled explosion that was his sixth album ‘Yeezus’. The Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph, a tale of a video game villain who decides to turn good, had been released the previous year – and had apparently resonated with ‘Ye. Explaining his controversial nature to Lowe, he compared himself to the character Vanellope von Schweetz, also known as ‘The Glitch’, who repeatedly causes the game the crash because she contains a piece of idiosyncratic, disruptive code.
Kanye told Zane Lowe: “Do you know how many times I sat with people and said, ‘Hey, I wanna make a store’? And they said, ‘How could you make a store!?’ It’s in my code! It’s in my code! Have y’all ever seen Wreck-It Ralph? Remember that girl… she was The Glitch! You tellin’ me they don’t look at me like I’m the motherfuckin’ glitch!? You telin’ me they don’t look at Kanye West like the glitch … It’s in my code! It’s in my code!” Given that the upcoming sequel references Kim K, we’ll be keeping our ears open for a repeat performance.