Kanye West seems to have trouble with names. Last week he revealed that he and Kim Kardashian may give their child the ridiculous name North, and now reports have surfaced that the rapper plans to take his megalomania to new heights by naming his next album “I Am God.”
The BBC first reported that West’s latest album would be titled “I Am God” as a minor note in a story about potential baby names for the West-Kardashian offspring. Following the BBC report, other media outlets reported on the news, checking in with sources close to West to confirm that the rapper who once sang “Jesus Walks” really means it.
“Kanye’s ego is something else, so he’s quite serious about the title,” an unnamed insider told Yahoo. “He also has a sense of humor, though, and knows how his self-indulgence is seen by the general public. It’s half tongue-in-cheek, half what Kanye probably feels is true.”
As for West’s real religious beliefs, in a 2009 interview with Bossip (which has since been removed from their website but archived on other sites like the Christian Post), West claimed the he believes in Jesus as “an icon,” showing that there may actually be room for West in the pantheon.
"I believe in Jesus as an icon, but I don’t feel the responsibility to put my life on Jesus. I feel I need to take responsibility for my own successes and failures. … Christianity is embedded in who I am, so I will still say things like this is a blessing, amen, and still say prayers; things that your grandmother embedded in you," West said during a in the interview according to the Christian Post.
In the same interview, West also referred to himself as a similar brand that inspires belief and devotion, so maybe there’s a grain of truth to his “I Am God” title.
"What I have to realize and what shocks people, or polarizes people is that I'm actually a brand," West said. "I'm something that people build up and believe in."
Of course, it’s possible that reporters are simply misunderstanding Kanye’s reasons for naming his next album “I am God.” Has anyone considered that he’s simply a very big fan of Alec Baldwin’s performance in Aaron Sorkin’s 1993 thriller “Malice?” No? Well there you have it. Kanye West isn’t a narcissist – he’s a film buff.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.