One-upping John Lennon, Kanye West didn't just liken himself to Jesus he posed as him. And unlike the Beatle's oft misunderstood remark, this comparison had no larger context to be taken out of: Kanye appeared on a 2006 Rolling Stone cover in a crown of thorns. In the story which ran not long after the rapper's 2005 Grammy win for "Jesus Walks" West defended his healthy ego. "You want me to be great," he said, "but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?"
Top 10 Outrageous Kanye West Moments
Interrupting country star Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards was just what you might have expected from Kanye West. TIME looks back at the famously cocky rapper's most out-there stunts