Say what you will about Kanye West (and many people, including all of Twitter and President Obama, will join you), but the man loves himself.
Here are some highlights from his, um, very confident recent interview with the New York Times. Look in the mirror and repeat some variations of these as affirmations if you’re ever having a bad day:
It‘s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It‘s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That‘s all it is.
I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I‘m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis — you know, that liked nice things also.
I don‘t know if this is statistically right, but I‘m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven‘t won one against a white person.
The longer your ‘gevity is, the more confidence you build. The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous.
I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz”] I was going to be a big star.”
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 am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.