Last month, TOM CRUISE was accused of claiming that moviemaking was as hard as being a soldier fighting in Afghanistan. But he was taken out of context, and that's not really what he meant.

Well, cue KANYE WEST to make that claim for REAL. During an interview over the weekend, he compared performing on his "Yeezus" tour to being a cop or a soldier. Especially when he's on the fake mountain that takes up a big part of his stage

He said, quote, "That mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped . . . You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like, 'Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.'

"You're literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you."