Kanye West: ‘I Am The Next Nelson Mandela’

Kanye West is again under attack, and today –
for claiming that he will soon be a bigger
cultural and civil rights icon than Nelson
In an interview with WGCI radio in Chicago, the
American rapper 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
When Kanye was asked who, in his opinion, could
possibly replace Nelson Mandela in terms of
leadership, he responded,
“I am the next Nelson Mandela. 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.”
West claims he liberates minds with his music. To his
mind, that’s more important than liberating “a few
people from apartheid or whatever”.
West continues that even though he has huge respect
for Mandela, anyone can be replaced. The rapper says
that he is already worshiped in the whole world and
expects, noting,
“And there’s more to come.”
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Nelson Mandela, renowned South African icon of
freedom and liberation, died yesterday at the age of
95, leaving the whole world mourning over his
Meanwhile Kanye West is famous for attracting
people’s attention to his personality. His reaction
today was so unusual, however, that host Adrian
Cronauer decided to challenge his assertions.
“What have you actually done for civil rights?” he
attacked the self-confident celebrity. “Have you been
involved in any campaigns? Any political activities? It
seems to me comparing yourself to Mandela is a bit of
a stretch.”
West answered,
“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



3 thoughts on “Kanye West: ‘I Am The Next Nelson Mandela’

  1. This seems so outrageous I’m not sure I will believe it to be true unless I see an actual recording of him saying such things. Even then I’d be suspicious about whether or not it was some kind of sophisticated manipulation.

    Seriously, Modest Much? *blank stares*


  2. Kanye west how can he undermine the
    concept of what apartheid did and
    even claim he will achieve more than
    what Mandela ever did in his life time,
    apartheid was one of the most
    structured segregated racial seperation
    of black,white and coloured
    how dare he say and i qoute “liberating
    a few people of apartheid”
    im glad you expressed your narrow
    minded view of reconciliation and
    liberation i even doubt that you would
    ever know the true meaning of
    Apartheid and not knowing your
    history never the less; it was an ideal
    that liberated a generation of mindset
    liberation that is not doomed but
    engraved on the constitution of great
    South-Africa, we may not have the
    spoils and delicacy of living large and
    curving the course of the music world.
    But what we do have is moral law
    freedom of a nation strike force and
    power in the hands of the people
    culture and national pride on what we
    can achieve not on past achievements
    nor on our victory to freedom but who
    we are as a people defined in the
    deeds of Nelson Mandela an ideal
    longer than you have taken steps on


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