Who is this person and what has he down to the old Kanye West?
The rapper with the insanely large ego wrote an idolizing song about Jay-Z on his new album and now he's saying really nice things about Justin Timberlake.
"My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake," Kanye tells the October issue of XXL magazine. "He's the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level - black radio, white radio. If Justin hadn't come out and killed the game, I can't say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they're on."
How magnanimous of him!
"We push each other," says West. "I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day."
Oh, there he goes! That's the Kanye we know and
Pumping his own ego, West boasts…
"I feel like my lyrics are, if not THE, then equal to, the realest lyrics out," he says. "I connected with so many people without talkin' about guns and drugs. … It's harder to go to work 365 days than shoot a person in one day."
And, just to add some whipped cream on his humble pie, he says, "… When people come up to you like, 'That was really good,' you're supposed to play stupid, like, 'Wow, you really think so?' Because people can't really handle the truth," he continues. "But I am the truth. I'd rather be hated for what I am than loved for what I'm not."
We can handle the truth Kanyeizzle. But not YOUR truth!