Kanye: "Justin Is My Biggest Inspiration"

Published: Wednesday 22nd Aug 2007 by Sam
Having got caught up in this whole ‘Kanye vs 50 Cent’ hype, I kinda forgot that Kanye can say some dumb sh*t sometimes. Check out extracts of his interview in the latest issue of XXL magazine:

NEW YORK — Kanye West considers a certain “SexyBack” singer his biggest rival.

“My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake,” the 29-year-old rapper tells XXL magazine in its October issue, on newsstands Sept. 11. “He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level — black radio, white radio.”

“If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on,” he says. “We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.” {Source}

Up until that last part, I was like ‘ok, you may have a point’; but after that I was lost. Put simply, Michael Jackson and Prince they are not. Yes Justin has been successful, but neither of them are at that level of superstardom.

What do you think of Kanye’s comments?

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  1. Anonymous August 22, 2007

    Kanye you had me at Hello…then you dropped it. Oh hell to the Naw! NO! Kanye now here I was ready to buy his album, ready to destroy Nickel cents career. And you go open your mouth about you and Justin like Prince and Micheal?!!

    U know what 45 Cent you now have my nickel that I will be spending on your album to upload your status to 50 Cent again. Kanye has been drinking too much of that EGO juice again. He done lost his damn mind! But I will admit Kanye do be dressing in those colorful outfits like Prince. Maybe he is talking about fashion sense.

  2. Anonymous August 22, 2007

    I’m not being funny! But u are a bit late with this story I read it on UK Rep’s Blog of all lblogs yesterday!!! How bout some new news ay?

  3. DMS August 22, 2007

    That’s hilarious.

  4. Anonymous August 22, 2007

    If I recall, Usher’s ‘Confessions’ sold more than 9 million in the US alone. Justin’s latest hasn’t sold that worldwide yet.

  5. Anonymous August 27, 2007

    to the dumb person whos clearly in ushers ass you cant compare sales anymore because of internet. cuz I aint the biggest Justin fan but im sorry usher didnt take risk like Justin to come with new sounds

  6. Anonymous August 28, 2007

    Was it not Timberland’s beats that came with a new sound or Justin alone? And I could have sworn that the song “Yeah” was a totally different sound that took over the whole world. Had 1 million people singing “Yeah” within the first weeks of sales. Usher not taking risk? The hell you talking about fool?! Should you not be saying that Justin was taking quite a risk by biting Usher’s style a little too much. We all know the video with TI in it was just a cop out to get ATL in the mix like Ludicrous and Usher. The f*** are u talking about internet? Yeah mothef**ker Usher actually sold 9 million albums. Not internet, not ringtones, not downloads, but actual CDzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! You mad cuz Anonymous at 10:34 p.m. is right. Timberfake is not on Usher level in any way shape or form. Stop Tripping!!

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