Kanye West Causes a Stir When he Poses As Jesus
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Rap star's Jesus pose

The outspoken rapper defends his brash attitude inside the magazine's pages, on newsstands in the US on Friday.

He is also pictured posing as Muhammad Ali.

"In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts," he says.

"You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?"

West also says his hit song Gold Digger was the best song last year and that it should have been nominated for the Grammy's best rap song category: "That's a gimme Grammy."

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old is nominated for eight awards, including album of the year for his album Late Registration.

The Grammys will be presented on February 8.

West has always been forthright in saying what he feels, most famously when he said: "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims."

"If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained," he says.

"My misery is your pleasure."

The strangest tangent of the Rolling Stone story, however, is when West says he's addicted to pornography.

He remembers first seeing his father's Playboy magazine when he was five years old.

"Right then," West says, laughing, "it was like, 'Houston, we have a problem."'