Kanye West, surprising no one, exhibited the size of his ego once again when he ranted on SNL that he was more influential than many artists, including Stanley Kubrick, whom he has also said has influenced him. As far as current artistry goes, he’s probably not wrong, but if we’re looking more historically, Kanye should probably wait to take the tally of influence.
His rant, however, offered inspiration to one of my favorite video essayists, Nelson Carvajal, who has edited together both Kanye and Kubrick to deliberately explore their relationship. However, Carvajal leaves any evaluation of what that relationship is up to the viewer. For my money, it largely seems to come down to self-importance and the objectification of the female body.
Warning, this video is NSFW.