It’s clear by now that Kanye West has a severe, possibly incurable, case of foot-in-mouth disease, with all the comparisons he’s drawn between himself and great artists, romantic heroes, and Jesus himself, but at least he’s never compared singing for millions of dollars to risking life and limb for peanuts to keep others safe.
In a new interview, Kanye reveals that when he’s on stage, the fear of tripping grips him so hard, it’s pretty much the same as being on the ground in Kandahar. “I’m just giving my body on the stage and putting my life at risk,” Kanye explains of his nightly dance with death.
“This is like being a police officer, or something, or like war or something. You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing something could happen to you.”
So what kind of things could happen to Kanye that have him feeling like an army of one?
“Something could happen to you verbally, from the press bashing you; something could happen to you from people not liking you anymore … we’re walking this tightrope and fighting for creativity and fighting for ideas and fighting for thought. I’ll explain to my daughter one day that me and her mother had to fight for this position.”
Ah, yes — it is just like war — those wars where people tease each other into submission and stop buying each others’ records.