Kanye West Compares Himself To 12 Years A Slave’s Solomon Northup

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After performing on stage with Jesus and claiming the Confederate Flag as his own, Kanye West is at it again, comparing himself to Solomon Northrup, the free man sold into slavery whose story is at the center of the acclaimed book and film Twelve Years A Slave.

In an interview with Bret Easton Ellis on his weekly podcast, West likened being stripped of his creativity to being “enslaved.” During one of the rapper’s signature rants, he called out major brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and online shoe giant Zappos for failing to see his creativity or recognize his talents and insights.

He explained to the American Psycho writer,”For me, I felt like the main character [Solomon Northup] in what I’m dealing with, even as a mega-popular-rich-celebrity-f***-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.”

He continued, “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.”

Love him, hate him, or completely confused by him, there’s no denying that Kanye West is truly entertaining.

To listen to the full interview click here.

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