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To the shock and awe of absolutely no one, Kanye West has taken another step in his "I Am God" campaign. During a radio interview with SaturdayNightOnline.com, NY Daily News reports that West compared his job as an artist and entertainer to that of a cop or soldier. "I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally," he said, citing his daring performance moves during songs like "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Coldest Winter." For these numbers, the Grammy winner stands on top of a moving mountain.
"That mountain goes really, really high, [...] and if I slipped…You never know, he explained. "And, I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like ‘Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.’" We're sure West is in a war of some kind, though it's not the genre of battle we'd call perilous.
In response to West's comments, Brimfield, OH, police chief — and local Internet sensation — David Oliver wrote a Facebook post that highlights exactly why the artist's statements were so out of control — and it's nearly as emotionally charged as Kanye's claims. In fairness, Oliver does acknowledge the difficult feat of becoming a successful hip hop artist, albeit with just a tinge of sarcasm.
"I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every day," he writes. "I know that being a rapper is tough work. I have tried to rap, and it is very difficult to keep up with the pulse of the rhyme flow…although when Ice Ice Baby comes on the radio, I can usually keep up with ol’ Vanilla. Anywho, your job is just some very dangerous work. Most people don't consider...if you rap really fast, without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit your head."
Oliver continues with the suggestion that West ought to put his military prowess to more practical use: "Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon [your] career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men [and] women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. It could be something like 'I’m Kanye West, wearing a flak vest.' I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck."
Oliver may have a point. If West was a member of the military or a police force, he'd actually be moving mountains, instead of moving on mountains. (ABC)