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Kanye West Explains The Cruel Irony Of Not Being Able To Spell 'Creative Genius' To Bret Easton Ellis

Kanye West was the first guest on Bret Easton Ellis' inaugural podcast episode (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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As the saying goes, "go big or go home," and in Bret Easton Ellis' case, he knows how to kickstart off his debut podcast episode with a bang. His BFF Kanye West was the first guest on the "Bret Easton Ellis Podcast," which launched on Monday. Through their hour-long conversation (the first of a two-parter!), we get to hear the Yeezus rapper divulge on how his music compares to 12 Years A Slave and what he thinks about Breaking Bad with the American Psycho author.

Of course, true to West form, he gifted his listeners with some gems of wisdom. He told Ellis that he's watched There Will Be Blood 30 to 40 times, and that he can't spell "genius." "If I were to write my title, like, going through the airport and you have to put down what you do, I would literally write 'Creative Genius,' except for two reasons: sometimes it takes too long to write that and sometimes I spell the word 'genius' wrong," he said. "The irony."

In addition, him and his wifey Kim Kardashian are just like us—they watch Breaking Bad too! "Me and my girl sat up in a hotel [when] we had some days off," said West. "And we said, 'Look, let's just go ahead and watch this so we could just be like normal human beings.'"

As for comparing his work to Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, West felt his skillset wasn't high enough (especially since he doesn't know how to play the piano) to "sonically create" something on the same level as the the film.

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This isn't the first collaboration for the two, as they joined forces for Kanye's American Psycho spoof for his Yeezus promo and the rapper's DONDA company made a trailer for Ellis' film The Canyons.