At this point in 2013, a Kanye West interview is no longer a Jon Caramanica-captured unicorn, as the rapper has appeared on the series finale of his future mother-in-law’s daytime talk show Kris, on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe to espouse pop culture politics, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live to air out his grievances with Kimmel himself. But a stop-by at The JV Show on San Francisco radio station Wild 94 this morning was probably his first most conventional press appearance in the Yeezus promo cycle, but, as is always with Kanye, there’s nothing particularly ordinary about the interview.
Kanye explains why he’s “brought” Jesus on tour with him and Christ iconography is both allowed and common within art:
“I had a friend of mine that’s a pastor that was there when we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it. My girl [Kim Kardashian] even asked afterward, ‘Hmmm, is it weird if Jesus comes on stage?’… [The pastor said], ‘No, we do plays all the time [where] people play Jesus.’ You know what’s awesome about Christianity is that we’re allowed to portray God. We’re allowed to draw [an] image of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him… Michelangelo did it.”
He also continues discusses notions of classism, particularly in regard to the voice change he’s used in certain interviews recently, citing that it’s a response to potential mockery:
“Even when you get invited to certain dinner parties or even when you’re in certain magazines, it’s still like a Dinner For [Schmucks] situation. Are they inviting you to be a part of what they’re doing or inviting you to laugh at your teeth and ask you a million questions like, ‘Oh, those are cool teeth. What’s that?’ And we have our thing, that every time we do it, we give them the white voice. It goes both ways.”
Watch the interview clips below.