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Kanye West's God complex
Is Kanye West's braggadocio blasphemy or just showmanship?
June 20th, 2013
04:56 PM ET

Kanye West's God complex

(CNN) Kanye West wants his listeners to know that he is “a close high” to God.

His latest album, “Yeezus,” released Tuesday, offered several controversial track titles, including “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead” and the most audacious, “I Am a God.” The track’s credit says “featuring God,” as if He’s just another artist – a Rick Ross or Pharrell Williams – stepping into the studio to spit a couple of verses.

The song closes with the verses, “I just talked to Jesus/he said, ‘What up, Yeezus?’/I said “S*** I’m chilling/trying to stack these millions'/I know he’s the most high, but I am a close high.”

So, does Kanye really think he's God's match?

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Filed under: Belief • Celebrity • Faith • Media

soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Reality

    God complex? Most rational humans give that up after they learn their is no Santa Claus or Easter or Easter Bunny.

    June 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Reality

      Oops, make that "there is no Santa Claus".

      June 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      In a soft consoling tone: Their they're; they're their..

      June 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Alias

      There is so a Santa Clause!
      I have proof.
      Those presents around the tree grow as my checking account shrinks every year.
      You believe in your way and I'll believe in mine.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  2. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Kanye West is completely irrelevant. NEXT!

    June 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      In modern culture, he unfortunately isn't.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Word modern is based on mod, an adjective, subject to scrutiny, truth or hinduism, illegality by hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism, his is nothing else but to be classified, none other than to be hinduism, illegality.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Hugs are nice, try them sometime.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • sew watt

      Origin of MODERN

      Late Latin modernus, from Latin modo just now, from modus measure — more at mete
      First Known Use: 1585

      June 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Mod is an action by a person in an environment, depending on legality or hinduism, illegality by hindu atheism, criminal self center ism, it has nothing to do with environment at large, as it is used today to define matters, because actions of a person are subject to scrutiny individually, not collectively, bases for call to treat individual acts as individually not collectively. foundation of law to protect innocent, than to impose punishment collectively on a family or a society for hinduism, illegality of one.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Pete

      Can anyone translate this jumble of words from crazy into English?

      June 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Athy

      Ignore it. It means nothing.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      It does mean something. He's lonely and just wants a hug.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Please don't feed the trolls.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Or will have to face the truth.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      I eat Honey Badgers in my breakfast with camel milk

      June 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  3. Knights Who Say...

    Scene 2

    MORTICIAN: Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
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    Bring out your dead!
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    Bring out your dead!
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    Bring out your dead!
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    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    [clang]
    Bring out your dead!
    CUSTOMER: Here's one - nine pence.
    DEAD PERSON: I'm not dead!
    MORTICIAN: What?
    CUSTOMER: Nothing - here's your nine pence.
    DEAD PERSON: I'm not dead!
    MORTICIAN: Here - he says he's not dead!
    CUSTOMER: Yes, he is.
    DEAD PERSON: I'm not!
    MORTICIAN: He isn't.
    CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
    DEAD PERSON: I'm getting better!
    CUSTOMER: No, you're not - you'll be stone dead in a moment.
    MORTICIAN: Oh, I can't take him like that - it's against regulations.
    DEAD PERSON: I don't want to go in the cart!
    CUSTOMER: Oh, don't be such a baby.
    MORTICIAN: I can't take him...
    DEAD PERSON: I feel fine!
    CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor...
    MORTICIAN: I can't.
    CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't
    be long.
    MORTICIAN: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson's - they've lost nine
    today.
    CUSTOMER: Well, when is your next round?
    MORTICIAN: Thursday.
    DEAD PERSON: I think I'll go for a walk.
    CUSTOMER: You're not fooling anyone y'know. Look, isn't there
    something you can do?
    DEAD PERSON: I feel happy... I feel happy.
    [whop]
    CUSTOMER: Ah, thanks very much.
    MORTICIAN: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
    CUSTOMER: Right.
    [clop clop]
    MORTICIAN: Who's that then?
    CUSTOMER: I don't know.
    MORTICIAN: Must be a king.
    CUSTOMER: Why?
    MORTICIAN: He hasn't got shit all over him.

    June 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    lyrics without any meanings, high on pot of a hindu sanatan, denier of truth GOD by deeds, singing not of truth absolute, but just to please his hindu soul, filthy desire. It is not what he witness with his words, but what counts are his deeds, they are none other than of a hindu shaman, crook goon to hind fool humanity.

    June 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Want a hug?

      June 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Hug the truth, because peace of heart is domain of truth absolute GOD, why seek hug from another human in hinduism, desperation, if one has truth absolute GOD on his side to hug. A friend like none other.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Hugs are nice, aren't they?

      June 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      @ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION – You can hug God? Getting close to sounding like Linus' blanket.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • STFU

      still better than those middle eastern noisy mullahs waking up the entire town in the morning, like f king roosters.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      am I allowed to grab ass too!!!

      June 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      STFU

      I quite enjoy the call to prayer, it's strangely hypnotic. That being said, I'm not sure if I'd be of the same opinion if I had to hear it every day.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      If you play Jimmy Hendix's 'Vodoo Chile' during the mullahs call to prayer... when they sync up it sounds pretty awesome...

      June 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      *Voodoo*

      June 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      only hindu Haynes , filthy secular s, night predators have problem with call to awake up in the morning to pray to truth absolute and commit to be truth full all day, none other.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Big hugs and kisses.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Pete

      Well folks if anyone was wondering what religion can do to your brain all you need to do is read Islam's posts. They are a perfect example of a brain on religion.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Please improve you knowledge, Islam is not a religion, but way of life in truth absolute, in obedience to truth absolute GOD, foundation of humanity, every thing else and America. I do not practice any religion, but way of truth absolute GOD.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Hug a troll day.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Pete

      You are telling me to improve my knowledge? That is priceless.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • STFU

      Mohammad, if you do not practice any religion then why the hell do you support that denier of sleep noisy roosters?

      June 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH IT

      ISLAM IS BULLSH IT

      THERE'S YOUR 'TRUTH ABSOLUTE' YOU ILLITERATE PAKISTANI AS.SHAT

      June 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • HINDU FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTlTUTION

      One sick hindu using one arm can easily beat up three Muslims.

      June 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Roger that

      Testing

      June 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  5. baby airlines

    Our newest addition to the fleet of 747's we have is a 5 pound baby!

    June 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • baby airlines

      It has the belly of its mommy and the nose and tail like its daddy.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • What is the baby's middle name?

      North Airlines West 🙂

      June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Knights Who Say...

      NEE!NEE!

      June 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • North ByNorth West

      ...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • North Ormaybe West

      ..

      June 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • What is the baby's middle name?

      'baggage lost'

      June 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • ME II

      Fans of Hitcthco.ck are all hoping this kid has a kid and names it North as well.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • North SouthEast West

      ....

      June 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Candiano

      If they have a son next, they should name him Adam.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Delta

      North 'early arrival' West

      June 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • NWA

      'early arrival' ? How 'bout.-North 'swift' West

      June 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  6. Madtown

    Well, his music is God-awful, so there may be a touch of truth to what he says.

    June 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Love it.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Which God?

      That's not music, that's static coming out of his as... er, mouth.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  7. palintwit

    He obviously did not pick up a copy of "The Sarah Palin Book of Baby Name Suggestions". Some of her favorites are ... Spatula, Checkvalve, Pinhead, Bristol, Turdball, Mudflap, Trig, Poopscoop.

    June 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      You are overly obsessed with Palin... why don't you try out WeinerTwit for a while?

      June 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Dan

      I don't know, Spatula West has a nice ring to it...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Or Obamatwit.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • boehnertwit

      please pass the tanning goo...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • santorumtwit

      Please pass the vaseline.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • palintwittwit

      Let's slam someone who hasn't been relevant for years, yeah!

      June 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      palintwittwit

      Good one. She's not the one planning on arming Islamic militants in Syria, is she?

      June 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • palintwittwittwit

      Sarah Palin is back on Fox. She truly is the turd that won't flush.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • palintwittwit

      "...hasn't been relevant for years."

      "Sarah Palin is back on Fox."

      QED

      June 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Pete

      When did fox become relevant?

      June 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • mcconnelltwit

      Fox has never been relevant, they have only been revel-ant.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • palintwit

      We arrive in rusty 1964 motorhomes.
      We bring our bibles and loaded assault weapons.
      We wear ridiculous clothing and have teabags dangling from our earlobes.
      We carry misspelled racist signs as we stomp all over the White House lawn.
      We eat Chick-fil-A and wash it down with Everclear.
      We are Sarah Palin's real Americans.
      We love the baby jesus but we love to boink our cousins even more.
      We believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man walked with the dinosaurs.
      We believe that nascar is a real sport and that Dale Earnhardt was a great American athlete.
      We are the birthers. We are tea party patriots.
      We are bigots and inbreds. We are morons and we are proud.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      And they're still not stupid enough to arm Islamic militants in Syria.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • palintwit

      That's because they're not aware there's a world north of the Mason Dixon line.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Good, so they won't cause WWIII, unlike Obamer and his cronies.

      June 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

      * drool *

      June 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  8. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Black jesus! He has returned as Kanye West! LOL...I didn't know Kanye had a sense of humor. I mean, I already knew he was an idiot and likes fish sticks, but how stupid do you have to be to involve yourself with the armenian white trash family?

    June 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Surely they're brown trash, being ethnically Turkish Armenians.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Con Yeah

      Trying to prove i'm not a gay fish, stickin my little fish stick in dashian, it's like throwing fish sticks down a hallway, but like I said, i'n not a gay fish...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      I see your point... but I wasn't really trying to emphasis or make a point about their ethnic background...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Duly noted.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  9. His panic

    Try walking on water.

    June 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Or just use jet-skis.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Peter

      I have walked on water, and iit really wasn't very difficult.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Morgan Freeman and Jim Carrey walked on water... what's your point?

      June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  10. AverageJoe76

    Nothing wrong with being dellusional. Seems to be how humans like to operate. Certainly there are great porptions of the population whom like 'the invisibles'. Let Kanye have his... or be the 'grand invisible'. We can all play....

    June 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The 'invisible' domains of the Godly kingdoms are found inside and upon the atomic cosmos. Celestial Life Forms are but buildings for all the Gods to take up residencies within and upon. Without the Gods there could be no celestial life augmentations. We are all the Gods' husbandries. We are their buildings. The Gods be with us always onto forever.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      @ lionlylamb – Interesting.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
  11. If horses had gods, their gods would be horses

    Just another small move of human culture away from the ancient gods.
    They are fools, but so are religionists.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Give me Yahweh or Jupiter over Kanye any day of the week.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Salero21

      Receive Jesus instead!

      June 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Right in the butt!

      June 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Typical Christian

      I want to get down on my knees and start pleasing Jesus. I want to feel his salvation all over my face.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Good ol' Cartman.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Cartman

      I bet Kanye's first album didn't go double Mir.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Løki

      Who is this jesus? Do not tempt Odin's wrath by mocking him with your impotent god. The Aesir are the only gods worthy of your fear...

      June 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Norse gods kick ass.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  12. Salero21

    He's stupid period.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Alias

      No, this will sell CDs.
      He's brilliant.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Yes, he's brilliant in the sense that he has no discernible talent apart from being able to exploit the fact that he has no discernible talent to make millions of dollars.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Salero21

      Alias,

      A person can be both.

      Intellectually brilliant but their behavior, conduct and lifestyle is stupid. Because they like animals follow instincts instead of reasoning and discern between right and wrong. Therefore he may be brilliant in that type of business but at the same time stupid in his way of thinking and reasoning.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Right and wrong are abstract concepts.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Salero21

      No they're not! If you do what is right you'll be rewarded, if you do wrong you'll be punished. Those are facts of daily life and real.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      No they aren't. Karma is for hippies.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Cartman

      I may not know much about Christianity, but I do know enough to exploit it.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      salero, "if you do wrong you'll be punished"

      I presume you include starving to death as a punishment – what wrong did the thousands of children who dies daily of starvation commit. Let me guess – they chose the wrong parents.

      June 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • Salero21

      Anyone who still trust in Santa Claus is as stupid as an atheist or an idolater. 😀

      June 28, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  13. His panic

    He is in a state of panic or suffering from mass hysteria, which he may have gotten from KK.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Or herpes.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • My name is Bond

      STFU you ar-se bladdered hispanic you have me bloody mad now. I'm on your case now you fool full of wacky backy in Mexico.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • His panic

      😀 😀 😀 ROFLOL

      Bond, I'm not in Mexico neither I'm mexican. Say hi to everyone in MI5, say hi to her majesty the queen. 😀 😀 You are full of wacky backy 😀 😀

      June 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • M & Q

      No, you STHU Bond we have had it with you wan-ker. You are fire!

      June 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Moneypenny

      OMG my dear James, how could you waste yourself like that! 🙁

      June 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • His panic

      😀 😀

      Is pretty evident that "James Bond" is not a real person. 😀 However he appears to be in a state of Panic.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  14. Thought Purification

    if Kanye thinks he is "a close high"; guess what Donald Trump is a "close higher" to the God.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  15. HotAirAce

    Any claims he makes to being a god are at least as valid as everyone else's claims – including some dude named jesus featured in The Babble.

    June 21, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  16. Candiano

    If his version of God is being up close and personal to Kim Kardashian's ginormous ass, then I guess so.
    In reality, he's a talentless hack who has a ginormous ego. Hope the record bombs.

    June 21, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  17. North West

    Apparently the sun sets in the West!

    June 21, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • North East

      😉

      June 21, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Candiano

      What a stupid thing to name his kid. She'll grow up to hate it.

      June 21, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • ME II

      @Candiano,
      But with those two as parents, her name might be the least of her worries.

      June 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  18. marco

    Hey people check out this design i made of Kanye West new song New Slave

    http://youtu.be/ek_ABtCVQN0

    June 21, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      No.

      June 21, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • STFU

      why do the guy looks like a little bat?

      June 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  19. jkb1977

    I hear he likes fish sticks.

    June 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Yeah, I heard he puts fish sticks in his mouth.

      June 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Michael Douglas via his spokesperson Charlie Sheen

      Cancering!!

      June 21, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Pete

      So he is a gay fish?

      June 21, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      Yeah, just don't say it to his face.

      June 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  20. Paper Prince

    Love west' music! NOT!!!

    June 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Jones, NY

      What's up kaniye and complexes? Didn't he have a Swift complex a few years ago?

      June 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • really

      really?

      June 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
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