By Jane Nambi
New father of now three-month old daughter, North West, Kanye West in an interview with BBC Radio 1 called himself the best rapper in the world, well, not in those very words.
Sitting down with Zane Lowe for an hour-long interview which aired yesterday, Monday, Sept. 23,the 36-year-old rapper pointed out that rap is the new rock ‘n’ roll which makes him the best rock star on earth. “Rap is the new rock ‘n’ roll. We the rock stars…We the new rock stars and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet,” Kanye said.
Kanye compared himself to Micheal Jackson saying, “I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling, as a creative person, as a celebrity…and I’ve been at it for 10 years,” he told Lowe. “I look around and I say, ‘Wait a minute. There’s no one around here in that looks like me. And if they are, they’re quiet as f–k.’ So that means, wait a second — now we’re seriously like, in a civil rights movement.”
He went on to say that he’s had a hard time getting people to see his potential. “I shouldn’t be limited to only one place of creativity,” he lamented. “You guys don’t understand — I did the Air Yeezys and they eBay’d for $90,000…but I didn’t get a call from Nike the next day.” He then compared himself to best friend, Jay Z, “Jay Z is more realized than me. More of his dreams and aspirations have come true. You don’t realize — I am so frustrated. Like, I’ve got so much I want to give…And I’ve got a million people telling me why I can’t do it.”
Also an aspiring fashion designer, Kanye talked about his fashion designing saying, “I’m not trying to regurgitate myself,” he said. “I showed people that I understand how to make perfect. You know, [My Twisted] Dark Fantasy could be considered to be perfect. I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically…and culturally.”
He did not forget to talk about his family saying, “She gave me everything, she gave me family, she gave me a support system. She was in a powerful enough situation where she could love me without asking me for money, which is really hard for me to find.”