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Kanye West Calls Himself The #1 Rock Star On The Planet

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Kanye West (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)
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Kanye West had a field day on a recent radio appearance, busting out the old Yeezy we so know and love by calling himself the "number one rock star on the planet," according to Us Weekly.

West made the comments during an interview with the BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. He also commented that rap is taking over another genre, reports Slate:

Rap the new rock and roll. We culture. Rap is the new rock and roll. We the rock stars...It’s been like that now for a minute, Hedi Slimane! It’s been like that now for a minute. We the rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them.

West also waxed poetic about how he makes music that reaches outside the typical boundaries of what everyone else is doing:

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I was able to start just making what was exactly on my mind again, and not having to speak with the textures of the time...Everybody is bound to these, no pun intended, they're bound to 16 bars, eight bars, and the normal radio thing.

Kanye has been in the news recently for what might be some egregious offenses. He was charged with battery and grand theft after lashing out at a photographer at LAX, and he was roundly panned for performing at the wedding of a Kazakh dictator's grandson's wedding.