In addition to premiering his “Bound 2” music video on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” yesterday (November 18), Kanye West also sat down with Ellen to discuss his daughter North West, fiancée Kim Kardashian, and the men he looks up to as role models.
On a number of occasions, the Chicago rapper has compared himself to the late Steve Jobs and during his interview he explained that the reason why he makes that particular comparison so often is because the entrepreneur and inventor represents his dream and is also one of his idols. Kanye also named his father and Jesus Christ as two of his other idols.
“I think a misconception that people have about the way I create is that it’s an I, I, I thing,” said Ye while speaking on the production behind his Yeezus tour. “And the reason why I created Donda, which is a content experience and product company, was to create a think tank with other amazing artists and let us bounce ideas and no one has reign. It’s just the best idea wins…We all talk about it and come up with the best ideas together. We collect our thoughts and the reason why I think that I can have an opinion [in] another field like film or fashion is because my plan is not to become the best fashion designer or the best filmmaker. It’s just to take a perspective that I have off the energy that we’ve created online, in the streets, through street culture, through clothing, through vibes, swag…and then apply that to create the new Disney. And then I get a lot of backlash for comparing myself to Steve Jobs, but that’s my dream and that’s one of my idols. Like Jesus Christ, my dad, and Steve Jobs, and stuff are like my idols. And I want to be like that one day.”
Kanye also spoke on fiancée Kim Kardashian, who also stars in his “Bound 2” music video. He says the reality star and entrepreneur was able to bring him up from his lowest moments and says Kardashian isn’t someone he has to worry about as far as money is concerned.
“She’s a person that when I was at my lowest moments I could get on the phone with her and she would make me feel like I was here for a reason and I was—I had something to say,” he said. “And just support me through that. And also, I mean it’s incredible to have a woman like that that you know is not using you for money. I just have to word it like that because you know once you become like a multi-millionaire there’s a certain type of woman out there that they go for that and they’ll put on like the whole act and everything. But to have someone that’s—that has their own shit it’s—and her personality is so calming.”
Kanye’s comments on Donda becoming the “new Disney” and the mention of Steve Jobs as his idol comes only a matter of days after the G.O.O.D. Music emcee referred to himself as a combination of Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Ralph Lauren, Howard Hughes, and David Stern during an interview with Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9.
“I know you’re not supposed to say—compare yourself to other people,” said Kanye. “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.”
Video from Kanye’s interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” can be found below (via 2DopeBoyz).