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No stranger to controversy and dividing people with his words via song lyrics, Twitter rants, concert intermissions, Hurricane charity shows, award shows and now even on the walls of 66 buildings across 10 cities, the man who impregnated the Nets Kris Humphries’ wife and made the ridiculous threat that he was going to have Jay-Z and his less than 1% of ownership, drop Kris from the team, made an equally ridiculous quotable this week by proclaiming himself ‘the Michael Jordan of” something. That something in this case is “Music!” Even if he just stuck with Hip Hop, by calling himself the GOAT of the music genre, the 36 year old super producer from Chicago that Obama called a “jackass” is saying he’s better or more influential than Biggie, Pac, Nas and his big brother and throne sharer Jay-Z.
Although Kanye has been my favorite producer of the the past decade and the only hip hop artist besides Kendrick Lamar that makes concept albums that I actually look forward to, not only can I not call him the MJ of hip-hop, I can’t even call him the MJ of hip hop producers. Timbaland? Pharrell of the Neptunes? His influence and hit making ability doesn’t top Dr Dre’s legacy and Ye’s exceptional ability to cross genres doesn’t match that of Rick Rubin who served as Kanye’s mentor on the upcoming Yeezus record coming out this month on the 18th (despite reports that he is in the studio rerecording tracks that will delay the release).
Like the bearded, spiritual, Def Jam pioneer and producer of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” Kanye’s growth over the years into becoming something bigger and more Godly has gone from audible to visual. Kanye went from making a song called “Jesus Walks” to wearing thorns on his head like a crucified Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stones to calling his new much darker album Yeezus to saying he is the Michael Jordan of hip hop in an interview with the NY Times and releasing a video teaser for the song “I am God” on his website.
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From the NY Times interview it sounds like the gifted God at rocking a mic and producing hits for the Roc in the production booth was just as gifted at an early age with a rock in his hands on the basketball court.
I think you got to make your case. Seventh grade, I wanted to be on the basketball team. I didn’t get on the team, so that summer I practiced. I was on the summer league. My team won the championship; I was the point guard. And then when I went for eighth grade, I practiced and I hit every free throw, every layup, and the next day I looked on this chart, and my name wasn’t on it. I asked the coach what’s up, and they were like, “You’re just not on it.” I was like, “But I hit every shot.” The next year — I was on the junior team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach. Where I didn’t feel that I had a position in eighth grade to scream and say, “Because I hit every one of my shots, I deserve to be on this team!” I’m letting it out on everybody who doesn’t want to give me my credit.
NYTimes: And you know you hit your shots.
Yeah — you put me on the team. So I’m going to use my platform to tell people that they’re not being fair. Anytime I’ve had a big thing that’s ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice. Justice. And when you say justice, it doesn’t have to be war. Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly. It could be clearing a path to make it fair within the arena that I play. You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, “This is wrong.”
No comment about him hitting every shot in practice but I get what Kanye is saying and for the most part and I agree with a lot of what he is saying but as somebody that has been watching Michael Jordan scream at refs since the pre championship days on WGN in 89 and watching Kanye scream on stages that he wasn’t invited on since the underrated Goodie Mob cut “Rebuilding” in 99, I’m just not comfortable with his comparison.
Kanye may mean “the only one” in Swahili and it’s true there is only one Kanye out there but that Kanye is no MJ. I think he needs a few more hours studying the Kobe System.
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Note: Kanye has always been known as a big basketball fan but not much has been said about his history playing sports until this interview but back in 2005 while promoting his late mother’s charity foundation he said,
“During my high school years, it’s the music that I really felt saved me, It kept me out of the streets, it kept me from getting into trouble, it gave me something to do when I got kicked off the basketball team. You just get lost in the music. That’s what I did.”
I wonder why he was kicked off…\
Author Trivia: I named my first daughter Alexis because of the line “She’s so precious with the peer pressure
Couldn’t afford a car so she named her daughter a Lexus”
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