Kanye West was once quoted as saying, “I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before.”
Taking this into consideration, Mr. West could appreciate being compared to arguably one of the most tenacious, badass characters known to imaginative history: Frank Underwood.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with him (as if you could possibly have better things to do than binge watch “House of Cards” on Netflix), Frank Underwood is a ruthless politician whose hunger for power on Capitol Hill is nothing short of ravenous.
His desires for White House domination take him from his honorably elected position as Democratic Majority Whip to President of the United States, without a single vote cast in his favor.
Of course, this has never happened in real political life, but even in the fictitious world of on-demand television, this is an amazing feat.
Of all the enrapturing and edge-of-your-seat drama “House of Cards” provides, any true fan of the show lays in wait for the moment Frank Underwood so eloquently drops mind-combusting life truths in the form of FU-isms.
What is an FU-ism, you ask? Statements like, “Proximity to power deludes some into believing they wield it,” or “You can’t turn a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’ without a ‘maybe’ in between” qualify as FU-isms.
For those of you who would better understand this through an analogy, FU-isms are to Frank Underwood as Yeezyisms are to Kanye West.
Similar to Frank Underwood fans, Yeezy fans are just as enthusiastic about smearing Yeezyisms across every available wall of Facebook and timeline of Instagram as soon as Ye drops a new single. And, rightfully so.
Both of these gentlemen, whether we will admit it or not, have something very powerful to say that rings true for many people across generations, not just the Millennials.
In many ways, Kanye West and Frank Underwood are uncannily similar at their philosophical foundations.
Below are seven Frank Underwood and Kanye West quotes that hint at the fact they might be, fundamentally, the same person:
1. “To use is necessary. And if you can’t be used then you’re useless.” — Kanye West
The most common stereotype for any politician, whether Democrat or Republican, is sea urchin suckers. Well, maybe it’s not the most common stereotype, but you get the picture.
In the world of politics, there will always be someone who has something you need — be it finances or influence. If you have neither of these two resources, you’re essentially useless.
Frank Underwood is the Mac Daddy of hit it and quit it. He used both Zoe Barnes and Peter Russo until he no longer had any use for them. And, we all know what became of their useless remains.
2. “The road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties.” — Frank Underwood
Kanye West once stated, “People say I am a hypocrite. Yes, I am. I am a human being.” Now, this is an interesting statement because it is an admission to flaw.
It’s these down-to-earth moments from Kanye West that allow the general public to tolerate his uncensored outbursts and endear him even more to his loyal fans.
Frank Underwood, too, fully admits to his oversights in judgment. Of course, these admissions are revealed only to the audience in conveniently incorporated asides throughout each episode.
3. “I didn’t come here to be liked. I came here to make a difference.” — Kanye West
As President of the United States, it goes without saying that while maintaining and strengthening allies would be ideal, toes will eventually be stepped on.
Frank is not one for investing in genuine friendships outside of his inner circle anyway. Why? Because it’s easier to throw an acquaintance to the wolves when you’re finished with him or her.
To give a better example, Frank Underwood is not the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you take a bite into a chocolate cookie straight from the oven.
He’s more so the gag that ensues after you take Robitussin. Robitussin is necessary for the improvement of health; cookies just make you fat if you’re not careful.
4. “I pray to myself for myself.” — Frank Underwood
One word: Yeezus. He lives in this wonderful world of gold-plated earl where everything he throws up, blows up. Of course, Kanye West prays to himself for himself. He is a self-proclaimed God after all.
5. “There’s leaders and there’s followers; but I’d rather be a d*ck than a swallower.” — Kanye West
What a double entendre! Yes, we could take this Yeezyism at face value, but dig deeper, people! True, not everyone is meant to be a leader.
But, who honestly prefers running the coffee to running your own mouth filled with your own ideas from your own brain? Frank Underwood wasn’t born with a follower bone in his body, and seems to prefer being a Tom, Dick and Harry to get his goals accomplished.
Needless to say, president or not, Frank has no problem with telling anyone to “assume the position.”
6. “Of all the things I hold in high regard, rules are not one of them.” — Frank Underwood
Yeezy recently admitted during his lecture at Oxford University that, had he decided to do fine art, he would have aspired to be as great if not greater than Picasso.
Why the reference to art?
Because genuine art is just a monosyllabic word for creation. The creation itself is perfect relative to how the creator views it and therefore does not answer to societal preferences.
It’s no secret Ye despises anything that forces the mind into a box. He has spoken on numerous occasions about the “isms” that suppress humanity, like elitism, classism, separatism and racism.
“What good is anything if everyone can’t have it?” Point well made, Ye.
7. “There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.” — Frank Underwood
Kanye West is one of the most discussed and debated celebrities in the world.
Whether you can agree with his unconventional antics or find him to be a complete idiot, one thing on which we can all agree is that he will always be the first to volunteer his naked truth.
From his shocking, racist claims against former President George W. Bush to his infamous shenanigans at the 2009 VMAs, Kanye West has obliterated any trickle of doubt that, when it comes to his God-honest truth, Yeezus is only an interview, award show or university lecture away from going HAM.