When famous people liken themselves to other famous people, Hitler usually doesn't come to mind. But not so with Kanye West, who during a headlining appearance at the U.K.'s Big Chill Music Festival couldn't help but compare himself to the Führer as he self-pityingly talked about all the haters who just can't stand the sight of him.
"I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm f--king insane, like I'm Hitler" the rapper told the crowd toward the end of a six-minute impromptu monologue. "But one day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did."
Like invade England with his ego. Predictably, West was greeted with boos for the remark.
The MC got on his high horse after lashing out at critics of his "Monster" music video, which was criticized for violent imagery showing a slew of dead girls hanging from nooses and vampires gorging on their flesh.
"Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women's groups starting saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?" asked West, referring to the 2007 death of mom Donda West .
Justifying his innovator's license, Kanye noted the photos were inspired by Helmut Newton among others, adding that his aim was purely artistic.
"There's very few hip-hop videos that have ever had any energy of that sort," he said. "[The video] was really artistic but once again it was thrown in the misogynistic box because they couldn't understand how a rapper could have the taste and sensibility high enough to do something like that without it being misogynistic. And once again, I wake up and I'm a monster."
But West didn't stop there. The self-proclaimed savior of hip-hop (and gay fish) also compared his genius to an icon of a different sort.
"Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball. He took his power to make a difference and so much bulls--t going on in music right now and somebody has to make a f--kin' difference. On with the show," he added.
By the end of the set, West redeemed himself with the audience somewhat when he paid tribute to the "beautiful" and "amazing" Amy Winehouse and played samples from such hits as "Tears Dry on Their Own" and "Back to Black." He also gave a shout-out to the late fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen.
We're pretty sure though that Hitler won't react too kindly to West's comparison considering how upset he was two years ago after the VMAs.