Did Kanye West Say "I Am The Next Nelson Mandela"? Delusional Quotes Attributed To Yeezy Has Social Media In An Uproar [VIDEO]

By Cammy Harbison December 6, 2013 5:16 PM EST
Did Kayne West really say
Did Kanye West really say "I am the next Nelson Mandela?" (Photo: Reuters)

Did Kanye West really say he was the next Nelson Mandela? Just how far will Yeezy's delusional statements go? Although we've heard the hip-hop artist make a lot of lofty statements and go on a number of crazed rants over the last couple of years, the rumor that Kanye West said in an interview "I am the next Nelson Mandela" is actually not true. However, it is possible that he did compare himself to the recently deceased Nelson Mandela after some mishaps occurred at a recent Tampa concert. To learn more about the alleged claims, keep reading. 

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An article published in the Daily Currant, a satirical publication that mimics The Onion, claims that Kanye West was getting a lot of heat after a radio interview he held with WGCI radio in Chicago. In the fictional interview, the husband of Kim Kardashian allegedly claimed to be a bigger cultural and civil rights icon than Nelson Mandela.

Civil rights leader and African political Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Now a rumour about Kayne West comparing himself to the man, is flooding social media. But did he actually say it? (Photo: Reuters)
Civil rights leader and African political Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Now a rumour about Kanye West comparing himself to the man, is flooding social media. But did he actually say it? (Photo: Reuters)

Here is an excerpt from the Daily Currant's post:

"The notoriously self-promoting rapper [Kanye West] said that yesterday's death of the 95-year-old South African leader will finally allow people to focus more of their attention on West's own accomplishments ... West was asked who he thought on the world stage today could possibly replace Nelson Mandela in terms of leadership, and his unconventional answer left heads spinning.

'I am the next Nelson Mandela,' West responded. 'I'm only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I've accomplished, it's the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I'm 95, I'm going to be a bigger hero than he ever was. 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.

The post goes on to use a number of Kanye West's well-known catch phrases, including the fact that he has "mad respect" for Mandela and he considered the deceased politician to be "for real", but that in his eyes, "anyone can be replaced."

"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," the article continues.

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The satirical publication then adds that Kanye West was questioned about what he had done for civil rights and politics to bring validity his claims. To this the Bound 2 creator allegedly replied,

"I've blazed a trail with my career ... I faced mad racism when I entered this profession. I mean how many black rappers can you name that came before me? I was a pioneer. And now I'm doing the same thing in the fashion world ... Not to mention I have a bigger market than he ever did. Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global. Worldwide baby. I just want everyone out there to know. I see y'all crying on the TV. Being all sad. Just know that Kanye's gonna carry on Mandela's legacy. There's nothing to worry about. I got this."

Almost as soon as the "Kanye thinks he's the next Nelson Mandela" article was posted it began getting an insane number of shares on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately, though, the article is entirely fake. What is likely making the hoax even worse, however, is that just moments ago, Perez Hilton was found tweeting quotes from the Daily Currant piece. We don't know if Perez Hilton tweeted this as a joke or what exactly but this is sure to confuse even more haters, er, followers of the Yeezus artist.

(UPDATE: Perez Hilton has since removed the Kayne West tweets, which indicates he was unaware the report was false)

In light of the many outrageous and, in some cases, downright delusional claims Kanye West has made in the past, it's really not surprising people are reading and believing the Daily Currant's "Kanye West: 'I Am The Next Nelson Mandela'" article. Just last month he was found getting into some heated battles with radio hosts over the success (or lack of success) of his various fashion and music ventures. In addition, Kanye West has made himself notable for claims of being bigger than Michael Jackson and Jesus. He has named himself the current King of Pop and said he was the Steve Jobs of internet, culture and fashion. If anyone dare defy him on these points, watch out! Kanye West is prepared to begin angry rants that are as humorous as they are outraged, complete with nonsensical and delusional comparisons.

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Kanye West's inflated sense of importance, however, doesn't stop with him. He's also claimed any number of times that his "girl" Kim Kardashian is bigger than big too, calling her more influential than Michelle Obama, deserving of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and definitely the best choice for a Vogue magazine cover.

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Yes, we who have watched and shook our incredulous heads at the one and only Kaye West might certainly believe the rapper could compare himself to the Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, but, for the present, that hasn't been the case — well, at least not the way the Daily Currant is telling it. 

Allegedly, the singer did go on another of his classic rants after some technical difficulties at a recent Tampa concert. According to EntertainmentWise, "Kanye West threw somewhat of a tantrum during his concert in Florida last night with reports that the 'Blood on the Leaves' rapper stormed off stage when problems arose with the sound and lighting not long after the show had started and proceeded to launch into yet another rant in which he reportedly compared himself to Nelson Mandela."

If you see anyone commenting on or sharing the Daily Currant's "Kayne West: 'I am the next Nelson Mandela'" article perhaps share this post with them so they can get the facts straight.

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