From Zane Lowe to Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye West is the best at making headlines.
This week, the rapper stopped by San Francisco’s Wild 94.9 JV show to talk about bringing Jesus onstage, his own relationship with God, and why he uses his “white voice” with the press.
Addressing his Yeezus meets Jesus collaboration, which served as the intro to “Jesus Walks” during his Seattle tour opener last Saturday, West said, “I had a friend of mine who’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we want to deliver it… My girl even asked afterwards, ‘Hmm, is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?’ No, we do plays all the time. People play Jesus. You know what’s awesome about Christianity is we’re allowed to portray God? We’re allowed to draw image of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him.”
As for bringing Jesus center-stage, Kanye was just relaying a message to his fans about the power of a strong relationship through Christ.
“You can have a relationship with Jesus, you can talk to Jesus,” he said. Anytime the word Jesus can be used more in our lives, it’s a good thing. Even if it’s the title, Yeezus. With my heroes, people want to be like Mike, I want to be like Christ.”
Kanye also addressed the criticism received for the change of tone in his voice in some of his interviews:
“What I didn’t know, and I really didn’t know about until a couple of years go was that it’s not about race, it’s about class,” he said. “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 your situation, or are they inviting you to laugh at your teeth? We have our thing that every time we do it, we give them the ‘white’ voice.”