David Bowie Predicted Rapper Kanye West’s Success, Conspiracy Theory Explained

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David Bowie is known for a lot of things, such as his groundbreaking music, personal and musical reinvention, and amazing stage performances. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Rolling Stone included him in their ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ list as the ‘Greatest Rock Star Ever.’

As he was such an influential figure, his views on various matters have always been of utmost importance. However, this also goes for his music and other endeavors which brings us to the insane conspiracy we’ll try to unravel today considering how David Bowie foresaw the rise of rapper Kanye West and warned the world about it.

Did David Bowie Predict His Death And Kanye West’s Birth?

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Album Cover of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ (1972)

The origins of this theory can be traced back to 2007 when a blog started discussing ‘how David Bowie predicted the coming of Kanye West.’ The first piece of evidence is considered to be the artwork on the album cover of Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ album which was released in 1972.

On the album cover, Bowie can be seen standing under a sign that reads ‘K. West.’ Apparently, the sign belonged to a furrier that was located at 23 Heddon St., London, but fans thought it had a deeper meaning. At this point, it should be mentioned that Kayne didn’t exist as he was born in 1977.

Thus, other theories actually contributed to this conspiracy theory. For instance, some fans have pointed out that the first track on Bowie’s 1972 album is titled ‘Five Years‘ claims that there are five years left to the world’s demise unless a ‘Starman‘ arrives to redeem humanity. Interestingly, exactly five years and two days after the album’s release, Kayne West was born.

Did David Bowie Choose Kanye West As His Successor?

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So, we have covered (most) of the parts about Kanye being born to save the world and this being predicted by David Bowie. However, there’s also the aspect of whether Bowie chose Kanye as his successor. According to some fans, the opening track of Bowie’s last album ‘Blackstar’ tells the story of a leader dying and a Blackstar taking his place.

The lyrics read:

“Something happened on the day he died / Spirit rose a meter and stepped aside/ Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried/ ‘I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar!‘”

The reason why fans think that the word ‘blackstar’ points to Kanye West is pretty obvious. Furthermore, the third track in Bowie’s last album is called ‘Lazarus’ and is named after the biblical character who was resurrected by Jesus Christ. As if that wasn’t enough, the third track on Kanye West’s 2013 album ‘Yeezus,’ is named ‘I Am a God.’

Kanye was also one of the first musicians to pay tribute to the rockstar after his passing by saying that he’s been inspired by him. Bearing all these in mind, it should be clear why there are thousands of people who firmly believe that David Bowie not only foresaw the coming of Kanye West but that he actually tried to show that he chose West as his successor.