Kanye West Thinks He’s A Civil Rights Movement

After going after Chris Brown for comparing himself to Trayvon Martin yesterday and Kanye West today, I’m starting to feel like Stormfront over here. Although judging by the comments on the George Zimmerman posts, some of you probably couldn’t be happier with that. The important thing is I don’t think anyone regardless of race, religion or creed doesn’t think the following words coming out of Kanye’s mouth are fucking ridiculous. Here are excerpts from his interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe via HuffPost:

On why he’s focusing on fashion more than clothing now: “It’s not illegal to not listen to music. It’s illegal to walk around naked.” [Ed. Note: Or not.]
On providing inspiration: “If you’re a Kanye fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself. I’m just the espresso. I’m just the shot in the morning.”
On his “rants”: “They classify my motivational speeches as rants… I have reached the point where my ‘Truman Show’ boat has crashed into the painting.”
On “Yeezus”: “This is what frustration f–king sounds like.”
On being in a peerless place: “I look around and I say, ‘Wait a second, there’s no one around me in this space that looks like me. And if they are, they’re quiet as f–k. So that means, wait a second — we are seriously in a civil rights movement.”
On rap going mainstream: “Where is the culture at?”
And, perhaps most impressive, on fashion and Hedi Slimane (currently of Saint Laurent): “Whether I’m at a dinner with Anna Wintour, or a listening party with Pusha-T or in Rome with Virgil [Abloh, West’s creative director], giving Fendi our designs and getting them knocked down… [We] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many motherf—kers you done seen with a leather jogging pant? So when I see Hedi Slimane, and it’s like, ‘OK, this is my take on the world,’ yeah, he’s got some nice $5,000 jeans in there, it’s some nice ones here and there, some good sh-t here and there, but we are culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We are culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We are the rockstars. It’s been like that for a minute, Hedi Slimane. It’s been like that for a minute. We the biggest rockstars, and I’m the biggest of all of them.”

Just so we’re all clear, the most prominent civil rights movement this country has ever seen saw people hosed, beaten to within an inch of their life by the police, lynched and systematically separated from any chance at a decent life because of the color of their skin, and Kanye West just equated that with fashion designers in Rome not liking his idea for leather jogging pants. “What do you mean people won’t pay $5,000 to jog in these? It’s made from cows! Oh, we gonna march on this shit. We gonna march ALL NIGHT. Swing loowwwwww, sweet chariot, swing loowwwwww…”

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