Chicago rapper Kanye West was one of a handful or artists to show up at the Odd Future Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival earlier in the month, and during a recent interview with Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9, the G.O.O.D. Music emcee expressed his admiration for one of the Los Angeles-based crew’s members.
When asked about Tyler, The Creator, Kanye commended the Odd Future lyricist for being able to get his point across “clearly” and “concisely.” He also gave props to Harlem rapper-turned-pastor Mase who he feels boasts a similar trait.
“When he has an idea it just—exactly what’s in his head comes out,” said ‘Ye. “He can say it really clearly, concisely. It’s one of the reasons why I used to love Mase as—or I still love Mase as a rapper. Because he got to the point. I always thought he’d make an amazing pastor. He got to the point so quick and sometimes I’m talking and I’m thinking out loud and I’m not getting to the point as quick and I like how that man can just get his point across and how he has that skill set. He knows what he wants to do and that’s the reason why the universe responds to him like that. He just threw a carnival in L.A. where 10,000 people came out.”
In a handful of interviews, Kanye has compared his mindset when crafting his tour and other ventures to that of a three-year-old. And during this week’s radio interview, the rapper went on to break down that comparison as he spoke on incorporating a man dressed as Jesus into his tour performances and not allowing society to dictate his choices.
“That’s what I wanted to do. It’s just simple as that,” said the rapper. “Like so many people in culture and society let society dictate what it is. And you know people are so afraid of the idea of backlash and this and that. But for me, I have this opportunity and I think responsibility now to like live in the backlash. To show you you can do what you want in this world. You are limitless. Like can’t nobody stop you. Like perceptions and opinions do not matter. They’re not stronger than what you want to do for yourself. So, that’s why I just go and just do exactly what I feel.”
Before comparing himself to the likes of Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and a handful of other entrepreneurs, the Windy City wordsmith revealed that it’s nearly impossible to not compare himself to someone else.
“It’s not a matter of topping Glow In The Dark,” he said. “Of course I like production. I’m mentally like Walt Disney. And I know you’re not supposed to say—compare yourself to other people. That’s the only way I can describe it. Like when I first [took] my record deal, I was like ‘It’s sort of like A Tribe Called Quest meets Jay-Z.’ And they’re like ‘What is that? What do you mean by—?’ So, now when I say where I’m at in my life and what I want to do I’m like it’s sort of like Ralph Lauren meets Howard Hughes meets David Stern meets Walt Disney meets Steve Jobs meets Kanye West.”
In his interview with Philly’s Morning Show, Kanye also addressed the use of the Confederate flag on his tour merchandise, criticism from President Barack Obama, and more.
Despite a number of setbacks, primarily due to damaged tour gear, Kanye West’s Yeezus tour resumed over the weekend in Philadelphia and is currently scheduled to make stops in Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and Manhattan this week.