Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel may have squashed their little feud Wednesday night when Kimmel gave the "Yeezus" rapper a platform to explain his Twitter rant from last month, among other things. But it was more of the same Kanye, calling himself a genius at least a handful of times and being extra creative when comparing himself to others.
The list of personal comparisons is growing and has become pretty impressive. From obscure playboy billionaires to cartoon characters and technology innovators, West has dropped some of the most iconic personalities of the past 100 years when he decides to explain who he models himself after.
So, here is a breakdown of the best and most unusual people (and things) Kanye has compared himself to in recent interviews.
"I know he the most high, but I am a close high," Kanye raps in his sixth album, "Yeezus," about Jesus Christ. He also calls himself a God on the album. Kanye dressed up as Jesus for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2006, sporting a crown of thorns and all. Another great Kanye line comparing himself to the Almighty is, "The media crucify me like they did Christ."
"No matter how they try to control you, or the m*********** next to you tries to peer pressure you, you can do what you m************. I am Picasso," Kanye said at a concert in Paris in February. He also called himself Walt Disney during one of his live rants. Mickey Mouse would not approve of his language, though.
A new one for Kanye Wednesday night on Kimmel was that all the covers of weekly magazines make him feel like a Zoo Animal. "Everything that people feel is OK to treat celebrities like zoo animals. ... Don't try to antagonize me. Because you know what? It's not safe for you in this zoo."
A somewhat new comparison that has been getting buzz has been the iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs. "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."
Then he compared Jobs to the Notorious B.I.G. as well. "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." Kanye can now become Kanye. But who is the Steve Wozniak of rap?
West is from Chicago, so ..."If Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, 'This is wrong.'" Who are the "refs" though, music critics, haters, paparazzi, Kris Jenner?
Vanellope von Schweetz in "Wreck-It Ralph"
While talking to BBC Radio 1, West compared himself to the main character in a cartoon movie, "Have y'all ever seen 'Wreck-It Ralph'? You remember how that girl in there -- the people that was racing? She was the glitch. You're telling me they don't look at me like the m********** glitch? You're telling me people don't look at Kanye West like the glitch?" Sarah Silverman is the actress who voiced the character to which West is referring and West made sure to voice his admiration for Silverman while ripping Kimmel last month. "SARAH SILVERMAN IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!!!" West tweeted. Guess the man really likes "Wreck-It Ralph."
The Soup Nazi
"Seinfeld" had Kramer, Jerry, George and Elaine, but West decided to compare himself to -- drum role please -- The Soup Nazi. In a June interview-article from W Magazine, Christopher Bagley wrote, "West goes even further, favorably comparing himself to Le Corbusier, the Beatles, Marlon Brando, Tiger Woods, Azzedine Alaïa, Kate Moss, and the Soup Nazi, among others." No soup for us!
Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," but it seems as though West thinks he should have been cast. In another one of his classic list comparisons, West said, "I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern." Still waiting to hear back whether the David Stern to whom he's referring is the German artist or the NBA commissioner.
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