A satirical news website said the rapper claimed to be "the next Nelson Mandela"
Kanye West has publicly dismissed a spoof online news story which satirically suggested that the rapper had claimed he was the “next Nelson Mandela”.
West took to Twitter to slam the piece by The Daily Currant.
“Despite recent media reports, I’ve never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders,” wrote the rapper. “I’d like to address the false stories and noise that have been engineered by the media… At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind.” He added:
Thank you, Mandela, for your life’s work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 9, 2013
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 last week in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa. The 1984 song ‘Nelson Mandela’ was written by Jerry Dammers and performed by The Special AKA to protest against Mandela’s imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid government. An anti-apartheid activist, he was jailed from 1962 until 1990 for sabotage, becoming the world’s most famous political prisoner. Amy Winehouse performed ‘Nelson Mandela’ at Mandela’s 90th birthday concert at London’s Hyde Park in 2008.
The music world reacted to the death of Nelson Mandela, with artists such as Beyonce, Dizzee Rascal, Chuck D, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar all posting tributes online via Twitter and various other forms of social media. Beyonce shared her grief via Instagram, posting a picture of herself and Mandela embracing at a 2003 concert staged to raise awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. “For all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings,” she wrote alongside the image.
Meanwhile, Bono penned an emotional essay about the South African figurehead, describing him as a “forceful presence” in his life. Dizzee Rascal took to Twitter to write: “He fought the good fight. RIP Nelson Mandela #welostagoodone”. Public Enemy‘s Chuck D posted a series of tweets about Mandela, writing: “The mission to FREE Mandela was woven into the blueprint of PublicEnemy using RAP & Hip Hop to recognize THIS MAN RIP… To recognize what NelsonMandela DID for our RIGHTS to FIGHT wrong simply means building a human bridge across EARTH..”.