Said Kanye: "For me, I felt like the main character [Solomon Northup] in what I'm dealing with, even as a mega-popular-rich-celebrity-f***-you-who-do-you-think-you-are-to-complain-about-anything situation that I'm in. Or, in the past, when I've dealt with attempting to create in other fields [such as] clothing. I was sitting in Paris and dealing with all of these companies that I promoted, and...my friends promoted, and the reason literally why they would sell on Barney's floors, is because me and Jay Z wore it." He continued: "It will be something that I sort of discovered maybe four years before...and then you say, 'Hey, I want to be part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that,' — and they stop you right there.I kind of saw that...as the parallel of the main character in 12 Years A Slave."
Some of you may be thinking, "wait, Kanye West's life is nothing like former slave Solomon Northup, a man who was kidnapped and sold into the slave trade against his will." But you could NOT BE MORE WRONG! Kanye's life is pretty much exactly like Solomon's. Seriously. They're like totally, exactly the same.