Visiting Dignitaries

Kanye West Seems Pretty Sure He’s the Successor to Steve Jobs

The Jesus Christ to Jobs' John the Baptist, if you will. (I won't.)
If this is a sample of his trendspotting skills, we've got our doubts. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)

If this is a sample of his trendspotting skills, we’ve got our doubts. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)

What’s the difference between Jesus and Kanye West? Jesus doesn’t think he’s Kanye West.

In advance of his upcoming album, ‘Ye sat down with the New York Times for a brief Q&A. Naturally, Mr. West took the opportunity to paint himself as a trendsetting genius the likes of which the world rarely sees.

Let’s just say he doesn’t fret about whether he should learn Ruby on Rails to realize his full entrepreneurial potential:

“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.”

Mr. West concluded with a prediction: “I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”

Hell, he’s probably got a better shot than some of the bozos who want to be startup founders these days.

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