"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is similar to what Steve Jobs means," the US star predicts.
Speaking in an interview with The New York Times, the vastly talented but rarely self-deprecating American musician Kanye West has talked about his ambition to be remembered in a similar way to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, and claimed he is already "Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture".
The interview actually says a lot for Jobs' status as a modern American icon, because West is not known for playing down his own importance. Just look at the list of artists and creative figures he brackets himself with: "Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern".
Asked about compromise - after suggesting that his album 'Dark Fantasy' had been written as an apology to his fans - West brought up the subject of Jobs and his professional choices.
"I would hear stories about Steve Jobs and feel like he was at 100 percent exactly what he wanted to do, but I’m sure even a Steve Jobs has compromised," West said. "Even a Rick Owens has compromised. You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes you don’t even know when you’re being compromised till after the fact, and that’s what you regret."
West returned to the subject later in the interview, and seemed preoccupied with his legacy. At one point, in fact, it sounded like he felt that Steve's Jobs' death in 2011 he was able to take his place in the spotlight.
"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means," he said. "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.
"I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern."
"I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: 'This is the level that things could be at.'”
'I am Steve Jobs'
It's not the first time West has compared himself to Jobs, bizarrely enough. Back in February he told a concert crowd that he was Steve Jobs.
West told his audience: "No matter how they try to control you, or the ***** next to you tries to peer pressure you, you can do what you ***** want.
"I am Picasso. I am Michelangelo. I am Basquiat. I am Walt Disney. I am Steve Jobs."
We're not sure what Picasso and Michelangelo did to get themselves dropped from the Kanye list of greatness, but it's good to see that Steve Jobs - and Walt Disney - have kept their places.