Kanye West Talks God and Family Before Engagement To Kim Kardashian

(Radio.com) "A lot of people have an opinion, but I've been building a perspective." This is just one of the many quotes from Kanye West's revealing, insightful and personal interview Monday night, just hours before Kanye proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

Kanye sat down with San Francisco radio station 99.7 NOW (a Radio.com station) to talk about the importance of family and God, his perception in the media, how fashion design can save the world, and how he's just like a video game character with one important difference: You can't control him.

As a divisive figure in pop culture, Kanye has always been the subject of ridicule, from low tabloids to high culture publications. He's watched his public persona become narrower and narrower, from the guy who interrupts people on TV to the guy who abuses the paparazzi. For Kanye, it's been hard to draw the focus back to what he cares about above all: his art.

"What I think I've done up to now by having this 'in-question perception' I've allowed myself a clean slate to go anywhere. If I hadn't made "New Slaves," then I couldn't have had that portrayal of Jesus [on stage]. And then I would be on a slippery slope of 'control of perception,' as opposed to just being extremely creative and expressing exactly what I wanted to do, whether people took it as a mistake or not."

As always, he effusively continued. "A lot of times people look at celebrities like a video game character or an avatar. And I'm gonna tell you what up with me: My joystick is all the way out the plug. You ain't controlling this avatar in any way. There's only one person that walks this earth, or one level of greatness that can control me, and that's God." He had a lot more to say.

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