KANYE West's career has been a "giant art project".
The rapper - who was originally interested in "fine art" - said he often forgets about his background and described his music as a "trick" he's pulled on the world.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: "My original creative background was fine art.
"By the time I was 14, I was in national competitions for art, and I actually went to school for art. Sometimes I actually forget that.
"Except for when I tour and I look back at the stage and say, 'Wait a second, I forgot this was the whole trick I pulled on everyone to make them think I was a rapper, a musician or celebrity when the entire time it's all been a giant art project.' "
The star noted he made the switch to music because he thought he could get his "opinion" across in a much "stronger" and more convincing manner.
He explained: "I thought my opinion wasn't strong enough with what I was painting.
"When I would see my own work, I never thought I would visually be able to become one of the masters -- I thought I had a stronger opinion when I worked on music. I got a stronger response."
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