With such critically applauded albums as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 21 Grammys under his Versace belt, few would dare deny Kanye West is a hip-hop pioneer. But judging by the first utterances from his latest break of silence, that just won't cut it for the historically, um, confident Mr. West.
Axl Rose might be scribbling an outline for his next open letter and Steven Tyler is probably screaming in a cornfield somewhere after watching a preview of West's interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, during which he deems himself "the #1 rockstar on the planet."
The claim shouldn't come as any sort of surprise -- in fact, it's a pretty demure one for a man who's called himself the nucleus. The normally reclusive MC has been pretty vocal this year, and it's all been to remind the world that he is "complete awesomeness at all times." Just in case you've forgotten, we wrapped up some of the best, most self-assured, most Kanye West Kanye West quotes this year.
The Michael Jordan Of Music
In a New York Times interview that will live in infamy, the Chicago-bred goes so far as to compare himself to the Windy City's #23: "You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, 'This is wrong.' "
Likely ostracizing every one of his God-fearing fans, he went there on his Yeezus track "I Am a God."
Picasso and Steve Jobs... And Walt Disney Too
It was perhaps one of his more raucous rants, and apart from the typical anti-corporation tirade, Kanye also took a Paris show in February to equate himself with one of the most celebrated and tortured artists of all time, a late pioneer in technology and the smiley man who brought you Mickey Mouse: "I am Picasso. I'm Walt Disney, I'm Steve Jobs."
The pot of gold at the end of the quotable-laden rainbow that was his Times interview. Magical in every way.
BBC Radio 1's full interview with Kanye airs Monday.