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Nothing inspires Kanye West more than Kanye West. But the man behind Yeezus and The College Dropout is reportedly drawing inspiration from his late mother for an upcoming project. He's producing a video game based on his recent single, "Only One."
Last Friday, West gave an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club. Most of the discussion was dedicated to Kanye's Adidas fashion line and Kim Kardashian, but he revealed something interesting before signing off. He's currently making a video game that was inspired by a single he produced with Paul McCartney .
This is the song in question. I hope you like auto tuneage:
The story behind "Only One" is either thought-provoking or insane, depending on your opinion of Kanye and your stance on metaphysics. According to a statement from West's management, Kanye doesn't actually remember writing "Only One." He believes that his late mother, Dr. Donda West, was speaking through him during the writing process.
Here's Kim Kardashian's perspective:
Right now, we know very little about how Kanye is planning to transform the song into a video game. During the interview, he indicated that he's been working on the title for about six months and offered this vague description:
The idea is that it’s my mother going through the gates of heaven, and you’ve got to bring her to the highest gate of heaven by holding her to the light.
Call me crazy, but that doesn't sound terrible. I'm getting a Journey vibe.
Hip-hop artists have been making the transition from music to video games for decades, and it's almost never a good idea. Back in 2005, 50 Cent released a PSP title called 50 Cent: Bulletproof, which spawned 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. Neither game was well received and the rapper mercifully retired from video game development.
Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, and a handful of other artists released Rap Jam: Volume One in 1995. The game was billed as an aggressive version of NBA Jam, starring hip-hop artists instead of basketball players. There was no Rap Jam: Volume Two.
I could also mention Shaq-Fu, but I'm not sure if that counts. Is Shaquille O'Neal a basketball player or a rapper? Maybe he's an actor?
Hopefully Kanye West's game is popular enough to be nominated for a Game Award. It would be funny to see how he behaves if someone else wins.
You can check out West's interview below. The video game comments start around 58:58.