my favorite lyric in Yeezus is “as soon as they like you make ‘em unlike you/cause kissing people’s ass is so unlike you.” from “I Am a God.”
i think what’s important about that line is the second-person. the second person makes it into a semi-sarcastic, semi-mocking question. a person who has to make the people who like him unlike him is a person who does, actually, kiss ass sometimes. or finds themselves liked for the wrong reasons and, why?
(he does this a few times in this album, switching to second person - like in “Can’t Hold My Liquor,” when he gets so deep into the “skinny bitch with no shoulders” monologue that he is actually identifying with the aunt who hates him. i feel like if i was going to point to an example of EMPATHY in any song, this is the one that comes to mind).
i think “I Am a God” is clearly the album’s thesis. it’s also a hilarious joke that it’s the one song you actually have to make an annoying effort to listen to on your iPod in the context of the whole album, since it’s “featuring God” (not of the other features on the album attach to “Kanye West” on the playlist). but this line in particular…because i think the whole album explores the utterly monstrous emotions that arise from this personality feature, this combo placating/”fuck you” thing. the monstrous conflations of the personal and political, that are right *in a way,* but in a distorted way.
something that makes me sad about just watching Kanye…like i’m 100% done trying to admire celebrities for their “politics,” but my role model celebrities are really the people who can stand in an unfriendly place and say something that’s the truth. and he also wants people to like him! sometimes he gets really emphatic and almost cries, like if he *could just explain* it to people, they would understand…