Kanye West Compares Himself to a Slave

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Kanye West says some crazy stuff sometimes.

He believes he's the Michael Jordan of music. He thinks he's treated like Hitler. And now he's compared himself to a slave.

On a podcast with Bret Easton Ellis this week, Kanye went off on a rant about how his creative freedom has been taken away from the haters.

"I felt like the main character [in Twelve Years a Slave]," the rapper said of the Oscar-contending film. "And what I'm dealing with even as a mega-popular rich celebrity, you know, 'Fuck you, who do you think you are to complain about anything?' situation that I'm in."

So it sounds like West feels shackled (like a slave!) because he isn't free to express himself (like a slave!) without someone giving him his comeuppance (JUST like a slave!).

"You start doing more research and say, 'Hey, I want to be a part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that also.' They stop you right there and say, 'You can't be a part of that conversation,' or they'll give you a one-off," Kanye added.

"At Louis Vuitton I did one shoe. At Nike I did two shoes but they spread them apart over four years and they had the most impact possible. I kind of saw that side of what it was, as a creative, to be free, the parallel to the main character in Twelve Years a Slave. When it was taken away from me, it felt like what it felt like as a creative to be enslaved."

Good luck following West's logic on this one, folks.

This is the same podcast, by the way, in which Kanye insulted Zappos and Zappos responded with the ultimate retort.

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