1. Headline
  1. Headline
PEOPLE KANYE WEST
AP
The photo from Rolling Stone magazine shows outspoken rapper Kanye West, with a crown of thorns atop his head, as Jesus Christ on the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.
updated 1/24/2006 5:20:50 PM ET 2006-01-24T22:20:50

Kanye West, with a crown of thorns atop his head, poses as Jesus Christ on the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.

The outspoken rapper defends his brash attitude inside the magazine’s pages, on newsstands Friday. He is also pictured posing as Muhammad Ali.

“In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts,” he says. “You want me to be great, but you don’t ever want me to say I’m great?”

West also says his hit song “Gold Digger” was the best song last year and that it should have been nominated for the Grammy’s best rap song category: “That’s a gimme Grammy.”

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old is nominated for eight awards, including album of the year for his sophomore album, “Late Registration.” The Grammys will be presented Feb. 8.

West has always been forthright in saying what he feels, most famously when he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn’t be as entertained,” he says. “My misery is your pleasure.”

The strangest tangent of the Rolling Stone story, however, is when West says he’s addicted to pornography. He remembers first seeing his father’s Playboy magazine when he was 5 years old.

“Right then,” West says, laughing, “it was like, ‘Houston, we have a problem.”’

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Courtesy Aldrich Family

    ‘Extraordinary’ 8-year-old boy finishes triathlon with his disabled brother

    7/22/2014 4:35:28 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T16:35:28
  1. Feds ban airlines from flying to Tel Aviv airport

    Federal aviation officials issued an order to airlines prohibiting them from flying to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours after a rocket struck near the airport earlier Tuesday.

    7/22/2014 5:43:01 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T17:43:01
  2. Dutch collect DNA to match with MH17 victims
  1. Pool / Reuters

    Prince George's birthday: The royal tot's 10 cutest moments

    7/22/2014 1:11:51 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T13:11:51
  1. Khakimullin Aleksandr / Shutterstock / Khakimullin Aleks

    The 5 best exercises for tank top-worthy arms

    7/22/2014 8:56:50 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T20:56:50
  1. Coke is a stain remover? 6 surprising cleaners in your home

    From those annoying white deodorant stains on your little black dress to rust stains in the commode, some stains just won't go away — until now. With help from some savvy experts, we put together surprising tips to banish these stains once and for all.

    7/22/2014 4:48:22 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T16:48:22
  1. Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images

    Chris Pratt wows us — and his wife — on 'Guardians' red carpet

    7/22/2014 7:16:22 PM +00:00 2014-07-22T19:16:22