Kanye West calls himself 'biggest' rock star, talks Michael Jackson
Rapper Kanye West opened up to the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 about different aspects of his career and compared his career to the late Michael Jackson's.
West, who recently welcomed a daughter with girlfriend Kim Kardashian and released the No. 1 album "Yeezus" over the summer, made his comments to host Zane Lowe in an exclusive sit down. (Warning: West's full interview with BBC Radio 1 contains numerous expletives throughout.)
"I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson," West said. "I was with Quincy Jones the other day at John Legend's wedding. Quincy was telling me it wasn't just Mike, but these guys broke down the barriers.
"Of course, you know, Michael Jackson had to fight to get his video played because he was black, this is Michael Jackson," West continued. "Michael Jackson's not even black -- he's Michael Jackson, you know what I mean? It's like saying, he's so crazy, how could he even be just classified as this black artist. For me, in my life and creativity, it's been challenging and everything, but I was able to ascend to massive levels of heights."
West continued on comparing his career to Jackson's, telling Lowe he feels he reached a peak in his career that Jackson was never able to achieve himself.
"I've got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down," West said. "I have reached the glass ceiling, as a creative person, as a celebrity. I want to do product. I am a product person. Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture, everything that you can think about and I've been at it for 10 years."
"I look around and I say, 'Wait a minute. There's no one around here in this space that looks like me. And if they are, they're quiet as [expletive],'" he added. "So that means, wait a second, now we're seriously like, in a civil rights movement."
The "Blood on the Leaves" singer concluded the interview with the proclamation that he along with his fellow rap comrades were in new stars of "rock 'n' roll" and that he was number one among the pack.
"We couture, rap the new rock 'n' roll," West said. "We couture. Rap is the new rock 'n' roll. We the rock stars. It's been like that for a minute. We the real rock stars and I'm the biggest of all of them."