The secret to Kanye West’s success? He says it’s being a sex addict


Kanye West used to be one of my favorite people to hate on. His limitless ego drove me insane. I absolutely cannot handle narcissism, and Kanye’s got it in spades. But then I listened to some of his music, and I can’t lie – the man is really talented. And I like his stuff. So I’ll suffer his ego a bit more than I used to, but I still think it’s out of bounds. He talks about himself like he’s the second coming.

Interestingly, Kanye credits his success on being (what he terms) a sex addict from an early age. He tells Details magazine that he channeled that same drive into his music. He also made pervy video games as a kid – with some serious symbolism involved.

What other new tales of grandeur might Kanye have added to his repertoire? Just that a sexual addiction at a young age has somehow fueled his drive for greatness…

“People ask me a lot about my drive,” he says. “I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic…”

That actually sounds more like normal behavior than a full-blown sexual addiction, but if Kanye says he was a sex addict then he was probably the greatest addict to have ever been addicted to sex in the history of sexual studies.

He also notes that he was a highly advanced computer programmer of sexual addiction and produced his first Super Mario Bros.: The Penis Remix in the seventh grade: “My game was very sexual. The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. Mind you, I’m 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You’d have to draw in and program every little step—it literally took me all night to do a step, ’cause the penis, y’know, had little feet and eyes.”

[From E! News]

I guess I can see his logic… a little bit. Kanye’s saying that he put the same energy and focus into his music as he used to put into finding a girl to hook up with. And since he thinks he’s the greatest rapper ever (an example from the Details interview would be when he said, “‘Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world. I’ll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I’ll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn’t have to think of it’”), E’s right, he was obviously the greatest sex addict ever.

I doubt he was the only 12-year-old boy to make up penis-based video games (though I do enjoy the haunting specter of vagina ghosts), but he might have been the most committed. I don’t think most kids would have the patience to spend hours programming a single step. Though I wish I could see a drawing of this – I want to see how the feet worked.

Kanye’s next project is fashion. He’s in the process of moving to Paris so that he can be tutored by Marc Jacobs, who’s his fashion idol. And just to make it clear how serious – and really, the world’s best – he is, Kanye purposely left Jacob’s phone number on the table at the end of the interview.

Here’s Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week on January 28th and 29th. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.

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  1. Dingles says:

    Uuuggghhh just shut UP.

  2. Ash says:

    My IQ just dropped 30 points.

  3. HEB says:

    Funny…that didn’t work out so well for Halle Barre’s ex-husband…

  4. texasmom says:

    I wish he wasn’t so annoying! He’s talented and good-looking and REALLY annoying!

  5. manda says:

    don’t care enough about him to read the whole post, but totally can’t get one of his new songs (not the raps, but the songs) out of my head! There’s something about his stuff that is just so catchy!

    I personally think it’s hilarious he never wins any awards and he gets so mad about it!

  6. what is ever. says:

    He’s a bitchdiva, which is unfortunate, but he’s won many awards because he’s a very talented individual, who IMO has made huge strides for and in the hip-hop community through his innovation of original melodies and style– albeit a massive chode at times, the man has skills that cannot be denied.

    I too would like to see this penis with feet and eyes…hilarious.

  7. pixiegirl says:

    His self-love is LIMITLESS! I find it amazing how great he thinks he is.
    He should totally marry Paris Hilton. They would become the greatest couple of all time. ALL TIME.

  8. Trillion says:

    Sex addict? Hello. It’s called being a dude.

  9. Diva says:

    I don’t WANT to like Kanye. I want to think Kanye is a total douche. But I just have to listen to just about any piece of music he’s done, and can’t hate him.

    In fact, I really like him.

  10. Always .E says:

    Kanye is gay. He’s slowly cumin out of the closet…slowly

  11. eternalcanadian says:

    is he making fun of sex addiction which is no laughing matter? how uncouth. bleh.

  12. gg says:

    gad the photo of those two maroons. They should date.

  13. kiki says:

    he is so crazy yeah totally in the closet

  14. yasmin says:

    I understand what he is saying.
    Ive noticed I get more done when I have sexual tension/energy built up!

    Sure, Kanye is great at music, but I think he might be a little mentally unwell – narcissm and feelings of grandose are not exactly normal. But still, I like him. And I agree that he belongs with Paris Hilton!

  15. judy says:

    What does he want the world to do? Bow down to him? O me, just shut your face and get some humility

  16. Hmmmm says:

    He’s an obnixious, egotistical pain in the ass with a horrible hair cut. Tired of him, nothing original to say and the outsized ego is a turn off. Go away and come back relevant. And get a freakin stylist for your clothes and your hair. Stop trying so damn hard and be real.

  17. ChristinaX says:

    Of course he is.

    Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be pulling the “sex addict” card recently?

  18. Erica says:

    I seriously want to barf when I see kanye’s face – he is fugly. The guy has some serious ego issues going on. How this guy made it in the music industry is a complete mystery – imho, he has no talent whatsoever other than spouting off on how great he is. I thought maybe his mothers death would instill some humility in him. Apparently not.

  19. Trashaddict says:

    Of course being a nonselective sex addict could come in handy if you find yourself in the same position (ahem) that the Backstreet Boys did…..anybody with inside scoops on the casting couch in music these days?

  20. tizzy says:

    u know kanye;i really adore u just like a god but make a concert in my country TOGO west AFRICA.