Kanye West declares himself the new King of Pop

  • Timbales

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    Jul 28, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    [quote]Los Angeles, CA – With tributes continuing to pour in for Michael Jackson questions about his life, his death, and his legacy also continue to mount. It is unlikely that the first two topics will ever be covered to full satisfaction but the latter is a different story entirely. Though Jackson hadn’t produced much music in the last fifteen years, and his
    most influential for more than twenty, his influence and standing in the musical and cultural world are unmatched. With his death now sinking in as a reality fans and the music industry are looking for a successor to his throne, and one man feels he has found it.

    Since he first burst onto the scene in 2004 Kanye West has been one of the most influential and best-selling music artists in the world. With such smashes as ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘Gold Digger’, and ‘Flashing Lights’, West’s impact on the music scene has been enormous. Though hugely popular, few would compare his success to the success Michael Jackson enjoyed in his early days. Amongst those few is West himself who has declared himself the successor to Jackson’s legacy and the new ‘King of Pop’.

    “You know everyone loves and respects Michael but times change. It’s so sad to see Michael gone but it makes a path for a new King of Pop and I’m willing to take that on. There’s nobody who can match me in sales and in
    respect so it only makes sense for me to take over Michael’s crown and become the new King,” said West. “First there was Elvis, then there was Michael, now in the 21st century its Kanye’s time to rule. I have nothing but respect for Michael but someone needs to pick up where he left off and there’s nobody better than me to do that. I am the new King of Pop.”

    Jackson earned the nickname ‘King of Pop’ after a comment from Elizabeth Taylor. Officially there is no monarchy for music of any kind and hence no line of succession.

    “Monarchies can pass to non-blood relatives but only in very rare circumstances. In the case of musical monarchies it is really just a marketing title and has nothing to do with a ruling class or managing people or organizational structures. There really isn’t a need to declare anyone else the new King because it isn’t a real position but I guess if West wants to claim the title then all power to him,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “It is a little soon to claim that title and that may irritate a few people. It’s not like the people will revolt and the kingdom will collapse if someone isn’t right there to pick up the sceptre and continue the rule. I’m sure the Jackson family won’t be too happy with the news.”

    West has reportedly tried to make contact with members of the Jackson clan to obtain official permission to use the title but has thus far received no response. It is believed the family is mourning the death of their loved one and have given little thought to the line of succession.

    West made his declaration in an all caps statement issued to all major media outlets. [/quote]

    What a douche.
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    Jul 28, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Arrogant self entitled pop stars. His music's cookie cutter, and non-inventive like most music is today. Micheal Jackson had a boldness about him in the way he did his music. Kanye West would rather rap the same old crap and proclaim himself as king. I think the people give a person that title, so until he does something ingenious with his fame (because I'm not sure what he does could even be called talent) he's the king of self entitled douches.
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:01 PM GMT
    I think I just lawled myself.... icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    I do not listen to Rap Musicicon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    UGH
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidWest has reportedly tried to make contact with members of the Jackson clan to obtain official permission to use the title but has thus far received no response.
    Maybe he should get Liz Taylor to coronate him.

    I think I can give him one honor: King of all Douches. Niagara Falls level.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jul 28, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    Kanye West doesnt touch Michael Jackson musically, lyrically and Kanye West has a shitty personality and doesnt care about anyone but himself. Michael had a good personality and cared ALOT about everyone but himself.
    Kanye isnt even using his real voice right now in some of his songs, hes using that fucking auto-tune shit that everyones gettin sick of..
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 28, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    The only throne Kanye West will ever sit on is of "The King of Egos"
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:43 PM GMT


    Talk about ones distorted view of SELF! but I guess if you don't make goal's for yourself it's hard to achieve success on some level... good luck however short you come to fall in the best graces of course
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    I've enjoyed some of Kayne's music...but nothing he's done even comes close to the worst songs on Thriller, Off the Wall or Bad. Hell, his songs would be at best B-sides to the singles from Dangerous.

    This sort of vacuous self-aggrandizing is barf worthy.
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    A talent like Michael Jackson's only comes along about once in a generation. That someone like West would even presume to claim that crown merely proves what a delusional Bozo he is.
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    Kanye West thinks highly of himself??
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    maybe he has the sales but he definitley doens't have the respect from the public... when he gets 20 chart toppers MAYBE he can call himself the king.. but as of now, five years on the scene isn't going to get you anywhere that big.. and isn't he more hip hop??? he RAPS in his songs.. this is not POP. go home and take your ego w you plz.
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    since when did he ever crossed into Pop music? icon_exclaim.gif
    All he did is Rap and maybe did some collaboration R&B songs with Keri Hilson and Beyonce? !! Haha! Did anyone see that clip that he threw a tantrum at the Grammys or something that he didn't win Best New Artist a couple years ago? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jul 28, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Do people still like this fool? I can't believe if they do. If I don't like the singer personally, I wouldn't listen to their music and enjoy them. I know some people can and don't care about the person just the music, but for me it's different. Stop buying his trash people
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    Um, Miss West (who is rumored to like los papicitos/musculocas) isn't even that great lyrically (lacks the punch of Chuck D, the wit of KRS1, the loquaciousness of Gainsbourg, or the effortlessness of Jay Z) and whose credit shold really go to those composers whose music he's sampled from (such as the legendary John Barry, see "Diamonds Are Forever"), music that really makes West's music anything interesting.

    I've always thought he was a bit full of shit, but this confirms it...he's not even the Princess of Pop yet, let alone the Queen/King.
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    I guess in his world of "MAKE BELIEVE" along with being delusional beyond all reason he is the "NEW KING OF POP". He's not even close. poor thing.icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    .....he's the "New" King of Pop? Man please. He must be smoking so new crap. LOL
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    how friggin' arrogant and opportunistic of him! what a creep...
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Runninchlt saidArrogant self entitled pop stars. His music's cookie cutter, and non-inventive like most music is today. Micheal Jackson had a boldness about him in the way he did his music. Kanye West would rather rap the same old crap and proclaim himself as king. I think the people give a person that title, so until he does something ingenious with his fame (because I'm not sure what he does could even be called talent) he's the king of self entitled douches.


    Ok, the fact of the matter is Kanye does have a HUGE ego, which can be annoying!! Also, Michael Jackson will never be replaced or have anyone come close to reaching his iconic stature. Having said that, I will say that based on your comments about Kanye, I can tell you that you have only listened to his radio singles/videos and haven't heard his albums in their entirety. If you did, you'd know that Kanye is NOT cookie cutter by any means of the word. He has set trends in music, fashion, and in fact does contribute substantially to charities that assist with poverty, AIDS, and homelessness.

    Having an opinion is everyone's right, but do your research before jumping on the bandwagon of Michael Jackson. As a fan of both artists, I KNOW that Michael Jackson is a performer, not a writer of (most) of his music (you can check the publishing for verification). Kanye not only writes his own material, but for several pop and hip hop artists.

    It was a retarded thing for Kanye to say -- but let's not throw ignorance on top of ignorance..They are/were both great artists in their own right.
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Dare to DREAM Kanye....DARE TO DREAM!
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    I'm not a big fan of the posthumous deification of Michael Jackson, who, let's face it, as a solo artist had 2 great albums (Off the Wall and Thriller) but then fell into artistic decline and eventually became, at best, a walking punchline and at worst, possibly a monster. I remember how laughable it was when Michael and his publicist declared him to be the King of Pop. At the time, he was struggling to support Dangerous, which while popular, was nothing like the success of his earlier hits. It was sort of a publicity stunt to keep that bizarre, over the top level of hype aura around his career that was rapidly fading in the early 90s. It was a dumb idea for Michael to do it, and it's a dumb idea for Kanye to do it (unless he wants his next album to flop like Invincible).
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    Jul 28, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
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    Ok, the fact of the matter is Kanye does have a HUGE ego, which can be annoying!! Also, Michael Jackson will never be replaced or have anyone come close to reaching his iconic stature. Having said that, I will say that based on your comments about Kanye, I can tell you that you have only listened to his radio singles/videos and haven't heard his albums in their entirety. If you did, you'd know that Kanye is NOT cookie cutter by any means of the word. He has set trends...


    But I think that's the point. I don't think West's music has been anywhere NEAR as far-reaching as Jackson's was with Thriller. That album was inescapable, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing it the year it came out--not just the runaway singles, but even the album tracks, were everywhere. Personally I can really only think of the tune to one Kanye West song off the top of my head... Outside of the US there are other artists who have matched West's success and influence in their markets: Robbie Williams comes to mind in the UK, though at present he's no longer at the top of his game. Jackson was a worldwide phenomenon.
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    Jul 28, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    By the way, where did this article originally appear? Having a "Scrape TV entertainment analyst" explain to us how traditional monarchies work made me laugh out loud. Someone was taking himself WAY too seriously.
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    Jul 28, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    ch76_chi saidI'm not a big fan of the posthumous deification of Michael Jackson, who, let's face it, as a solo artist had 2 great albums (Off the Wall and Thriller) but then fell into artistic decline and eventually became, at best, a walking punchline and at worst, possibly a monster. I remember how laughable it was when Michael and his publicist declared him to be the King of Pop. At the time, he was struggling to support Dangerous, which while popular, was nothing like the success of his earlier hits. It was sort of a publicity stunt to keep that bizarre, over the top level of hype aura around his career that was rapidly fading in the early 90s. It was a dumb idea for Michael to do it, and it's a dumb idea for Kanye to do it (unless he wants his next album to flop like Invincible).




    Michael was, is, and always will be "The King of Pop" who not only has the biggest selling album of all-time, he also co-wrote "We Are The World", one of the biggest selling singles of all-time. He's also in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most charitable celebrity in history. He's never been convicted of any crime. While you may say his star fell and he became insignificant in the 90's and to the present, he recently sold out 50 -- count 'em - 50 concerts. Something few artists, if any, have ever done in a matter of minutes. His death brought record sales (7 out of the top 10 selling albums) and made chart history. In fact, it's still making history. His memorial service was one of the most watched events in TV history. It is estimated that the concert movie they are making using footage from his recent concert rehearsals could gross $500 million when you include record sales, memorabilia, and video sales.

    In Michael Jackson's 40 year career he was never, and will never be insignificant -- not in life or in death. May he RIP.

    For Kanye West to even hint that his career comes anywhere close to the remarkable achievements of Michael Jackson is laughable and an embarrassment.