The divisive rapper took to Twitter yesterday to address a fake story that claimed he told a radio station “I am the next Nelson Mandela.” The original story was posted by the satirical website The Daily Currant, but was picked up by a variety of media outlets as authentic.
The tweets, taken together, read:
"I'd like to address the false stories and noise that have been engineered by the media. Despite recent media reports, I've never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders. At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind. Thank you, Mandela, for your life's work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future."
In the fake Daily Currant story, West told the radio station WGCI, among other things:
“Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don't get me wrong. But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.
"Not to say Mandela wasn't for real. I have mad respect. I just think we need to keep things in perspective here. Anyone can be replaced. And I think I'm well on my way towards being the next great black leader. I'm already worshiped around the world. And there's more to come."
His hubris and boastfulness, even by hip-hop standards, has become one of Kanye’s most frequently mocked characteristics, leading many to believe the story was real. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time this year that he’s had the audacity to compare himself to other beloved icons.