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Kanye West Compares Himself to Steve Jobs in New York Times Interview

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Kanye West’s “no press” policy has allowed for each interview or television appearance he does choose to make to become a huge spectacle. His recent interview with the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica is no exception to this rule.

Added to the exclusivity of the moment is Kanye’s audacious, confident personality that makes every interview he does a quotable moment. At one point he compares himself to Michael Jordan, justifying his need to call out people who judge his music with the fact that Jordan was allowed to scream at the officials during a game.

Other noteworthy facts:

  • He does not regret the infamous Taylor Swift incident. Actually, he does not regret anything.
  • To Kanye, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a “backhanded apology” to the public in order to allow for him to put out something as bold as Yeezus.
  • His label wanted him to put out 808s & Heartbreak under a different moniker.
  • He knew he was destined for superstardom while writing his verse for Twista’s “Slow Jamz.”
  • He learned how to find his rapping style and identity from Dead Prez.
  • Kanye does not want to speak on his family life. “This isn’t America’s baby.”
  • “Tipsy” by J-Kwon is one of his favorite songs.
  • He feels that he belongs in an upper echelon of people that includes “Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, [and] David Stern.”

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