Kanye West is explaining comparing his line of work to that of police officers and military soldiers - comments that many deemed offensive.
West, the 36-year-old rap mogul, has spoken about the dangers of performing on high moving objects during his "Yeezus" tour recently. However, his decision to compare the dangers to those who protect and serve their community has outraged people like David Oliver, the Brimfield, Ohio chief of police.
However, West recently appeared in his hometown of Chicago for the "Yeezus" tour where he spoke to B96's Stylz and Roman about the comments.
"In all the interviews that I've been doing recently, there's so much motivation, inspiration, and insight," Kanye said. "And what they'll do is just take this one sound bite that sounds the most, you know, awkward in a way…I think that yeah, we can compare ourselves to whoever we want to compare ourselves."
Oliver took to his police department's Facebook page to speak about West being "as misguided as they come."
"I know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get economics," Oliver wrote. "What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm's way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves."
However, West spoke about his reasoning for making the comparisons that he did.
"So, when I do the comparison of soldiers or police officers or on a different side, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. What I'm saying is to not look at it like I'm some celebrity that's just sitting back and not working and not fighting and not contributing something to society," West said on the Chicago radio show. "Like no, this is a contribution. Even just my messaging I put myself at risk [in a way]…So, when I say a soldier or police officer what I'm saying is that I look at that as the highest form of contribution to society."