“[The cartoon] is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys.””

–Sharpton on the New York Post‘s cartoon comparing President Barack Obama to the chimp that was shot dead by police on Tuesday. Post Editor-in-Chief responded, “Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”

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Producer turned rapper turned fashion designer turned (insert what’s to come) Kanye West is covering the March 2009 issue of men’s style magazine Details–and as always, he’s not holding his tongue.

Here’s some of Blindie’s favorite quotes from Mr. West:

“Put this in the magazine: There’s nothing more to be said about music. I’m the f–king end-all, be-all of music.”

“People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic…”

“Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world. I’ll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I’ll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn’t have to think of it.”

“I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.”

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With the recent news about Chris Brown and Rihanna‘s domestic abuse drama, Kanye West spoke out in support of his former tour mate.

Not only did he call Rihanna “my baby sis,” but the Grammy-winning rapper and producer went as far as calling her “the most important artist in music.”

And while we’re on West’s loose flattery, Blindie compiled a list of his prior hyperbole relating to his musical peers:


Kanye West on Beyoncé in December 2008: “Nobody really wants to recognize that Beyoncé is a f***ing living legend and that she is just as great, if not greater, than the artists that we had in the past…that she’s probably greater than Tina Turner.”


Kanye West on Justin Timberlake in August 2007: “My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake. He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level — black radio, white radio…We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.”


Kanye West on frenemy 50 Cent in January 2009: “50 is one of those rappers that I said was the end all be all of what rap what supposed to be. Like a true iconic rapper.”


Kanye West on Rihanna in February 2009: “Rihanna is so important to our culture, to pop music. I feel like she is the most important artist in music and has the most potential. Her taste level and her age … she has the potential to be the greatest artist of all time.”


Kanye West on Kanye West in November 2008: “I want to be Elvis,” he said during an acceptance speech at the American Music Awards. But days later he clarified, “I really should have thought that out more because that statement was actually really incorrect. Actually, the true statement was ‘I want to be better than Elvis.'”

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