While Kanye West is seen as something of a holy figure in the world of music, he now has his own scripture to go along with his obsession with deification â€” The Book Of Yeezus.
The book is based on The Book of Genesis and the word â€œGodâ€ has been replaced with â€œKanyeâ€ or â€œYeezusâ€. As blasphemous and offensive this book may appear to be, the creators argue that itâ€™s only an â€œeditorial art piece.â€
Other big-name artists mentioned in the same capacity as Yeezy include Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson.
Here is how the author describes it:
Each generation champions a superstar, so consistently relevant that they come to accompany that generation through itâ€™s evolution, being a part of and ultimately shaping its identity. Such past icons have been the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, or Michael Jackson. For this generation, Generation Y, Kanye West is not only its greatest spectacle, but in some senses, a spiritual figure.
We are here to spread a doctrine. Well, a pseudo-doctrine. We ask you to use your pulpit for Good.
A few months ago, my brothers and I embarked on a creative journey that began with a â€œWhat If?â€:
What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.
At itâ€™s simplest, it is the book of Genesis, modified to feature â€œKanyeâ€ or â€œYeezusâ€ in the place of God or Yâ€”A. â€œIn the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earthâ€¦ And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.â€
In a sense, Kanyeâ€™s awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience. In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives. All of this, bound in a black, hard-cover gold-leaf imprinted book.