For children who came into consciousness in the second half of 2013, being told there was a time when Kanye West didn’t give interviews is probably something like hearing that old parental chestnut about walking uphill both ways to get to school — it seems physically impossible, but there’s a lesson in there somewhere. Yes, on June 18, SPIN’s Album of the Year Yeezus arrived, and its author broke his media silence in a very big way. West initially made headlines for declaring that he is a god (see: “I Am a God”) and perhaps he took note of the reaction, because the rapper spent the next six months comparing himself to different people who managed to change the course of the world. ‘Ye has gone to a lot of trouble to fit into some very big shoes, so we thought we’d help him out with the rest of the outfit. Here is Kanye West as 15 of the more outrageous characters he’s likened himself to this year.
Illustrations by Penelope Gazin