I’mma Let You Finish, But Kanye West Is The Next Best Steve Jobs Of All Time

(Credit: Steven Klein/Interview magazine)

(Credit: Steven Klein/Interview magazine)

Way back in early 2012, Cult of Mac reported on the way that genius artist rap singer Kanye West had raised the ire of Apple fans by claiming that he was “[picking] up where Steve Jobs left off.”

Since then he has repeated the statement on several occasions — telling the New York Times in 2013 that, “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means,” and describing himself as, “undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump.”

Well, the subject came up again in a recent interview (currently doing teh interwebz rounds) with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Trying to explain the situation, the self-described Yeezus notes that,

“[I] think that when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, or whoever, it’s because I’m trying to give people a little bit of context to the possibilities that are in front of me, as opposed to putting me in the rap category that the Grammys has put me in. In no way do I want to be the next any one of them. But I am the first me. So I only mention those other names to try to give people a little bit of context.”

It is worth noting that Kanye’s words, though undeniably egotistical and bizarre, aren’t entirely unwarranted. Like the late Apple co-founder, Kanye appears to enjoy a friendship with Steve Wozniak: who actually visited Kanye and Kim Kardashian in hospital shortly after the birth of baby North West.

It’s also not entirely beyond comprehension to imagine Steve Jobs yelling for waiters to “hurry up with my damn croissants!”

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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