There's a conspiracy theory that the late David Bowie predicted the coming of Kanye West. The evidence is short, concise, and ridiculously compelling. It's actually a bit spooky when you see it, coupled with the fact that David Bowie sang about space dimensions, and Kanye always claims to be a second coming and a gift to humanity.
On the cover of Bowie's 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Bowie is seen standing underneath a sigh that says "K.West." It's the name of a furrier in London that has since closed. Coincidence? Yes, but still crazy.
The first song on that album is "Five Years," which tells of an Earth doomed to destruction. It is a song predicting the end of the world, and it announces that there are five years left until the apocalypse begins. The lyric "We've got five years, that's all we've got," is a clear warning.
Five years and two days after the album came out, a young man Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
Later in the album on the track "Starman," Bowie predicts that "There's a starman waiting in the sky. He'd like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds." So perhaps Kanye is the savior and Starman predicted by Bowie to arrive and save the world.
The final coincidence occurred on Bowie's final album, Blackstar, which was released just days before his death. On the title track, "Blackstar," Bowie may have suggested that someone will take his place: "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!'"
Kanye could be the black star that was called from the cosmos to replace Bowie, redeeming the world just in time before its destruction. Or, it was more likely just Bowie contemplating his mortality as he left the world with one last gorgeous album before he passed away. Either way, it's fun for fans to somehow find more mesmerizing enigmas in Bowie's lyrics and legacy.