'It's definitely not based on a body of work,' snipes hip-hop star
In a rare interview with US radio station Hot 97, the hip-hop superstar said that he felt the decision had been made on other criteria rather than his body of work and that his public persona counted against him.
“Yeah, number seven bothers me,” he said when asked about the list. “To me, I feel like in order for them to put me as number seven, they had to bring up things they didn’t like. They didn’t like the ‘Cruel Summer’ album, and I’m like, ‘That’s just [a] compilation.’
“I don’t know, it’s definitely not based on a body of work,” he continued. “It possibly could just be like overall rap MC swag. What happens is, with these type of things… they don’t like ‘Givenchy’ Kanye, they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship.”
However, West did say that he didn’t think he deserved the top spot – instead, he insisted that the honour should go to Lil Wayne, who he called “the number one rapper in the world”. Other rappers who have made MTV’s list so far include Meek Mill, Future, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and Drake.
The ever-humble Kanye compared himself to Picasso, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney during another expletive-ridden rant in Paris last month (February 26), which you can watch below. The tirade came shortly after he had embarked on another lengthy speech from the stage at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, when he covered everything from corporate sponsorship, the Grammy Awards and Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z’s ‘Suit & Tie’.