“Kanye West is humble,” said no one ever. The rap star is now claiming he is the Steve Jobs of the Internet, fashion and culture -- looks like having a child on the way with Kim Kardashian hasn’t helped him get grounded.
The Hip-hop mogul reflected on his career during an interview with the New York Times and wasn’t shy when it came to his accomplishments. The most astounding part of the interview comes toward the end when the 38-year-old begins to talk about his “trendsetting” abilities and then says that now that Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, has past he can take his place.
“Yeah, respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins. The world wins; fresh kids win; creatives win; the company wins.
“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.
“I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.
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“I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: “This is the level that things could be at.” So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”
Twitter has naturally had a strong reaction to the interview, generally commenting on how he isn’t like the late Steve Jobs in any way.
If Kanye West is the Steve Jobs of the internet then I'm at least the Steve Jobs of twitter.
— Betch (@totalbetchmove) June 12, 2013
I gotta agree, Kanye West is totally the Steve Jobs of not improving anyone's life in any material, meaningful way.
— Lux Alptraum (@luxnightmare) June 12, 2013
Kanye West believes that he is the reincarnation of Steve Jobs. That is all.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) June 12, 2013
Kanye West: "I think Kanye West is similar to what Steve Jobs means." No. Referring to yourself in the 3rd person is what crazy man means.
— Cindy Begel (@CindyBegel) June 13, 2013
His new album “Yeezus” is set to his stores June 18.