"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)