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Kanye West Says Taylor Swift Apology Was Result of Peer Pressure, Compares His Legacy to Steve Jobs

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Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy. Will you ever learn?

At this point, Kanye West‘s hubris has climbed to staggering levels, so much so that we can’t tell if he’s serious, if he’s trolling us or if he actually believes what he says. In a lengthy New York Times profile, the rapper, who named his new album ‘Yeezus’ in a further demonstration of ego, says apologizing to Taylor Swift for crashing her 2009 VMAs speech was forced and the result of peer pressure. He also compares his legacy to that of late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Oh, yes he did.

After saying that his instincts have lead him to “complete awesomness,” West was asked about the Swift incident, which she used as motivation, and the concept of regret. He states he does not have a single regret, adding, “If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now.”

When the interviewer reminds Yeezy that he did apologize to T. Swizzle, he answers, “Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.” He then adds that he did cave to the peer pressure when he apologized.

The writer prodded further, asking, “So if you had a choice between taking back the original action or taking back the apology, you’d take back the apology?”

‘Ye’s circular reply? “You know what? I can answer that, but I’m — I’m just — not afraid, but I know that would be such a distraction,” he says. “It’s such a strong thing, and people have such a strong feeling about it. ‘Dark Fantasy’ was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like, ‘Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.’

Huh? That doesn’t make much sense, but it sounds like his apology to T. Swiz was insincere, and therefore null and void, in our opinion.

West also asks that his trendsetting abilities be respected, declaring “Once that happens, everyone wins. The world wins; fresh kids win; creatives win; the company wins.”

Then he launches into third person references, aligning himself with Jobs, saying, “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”

Clearly, someone thinks highly of himself.

Yeezy also points out that he has friends in high places, from music to fashion, namedropping industry bigwigs and stating, “I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.”

Now might be a good time to point out that he is also having a baby with Kim Kardashian, whose claim to fame is a sex tape, so we’re not sure that accolade measures up to the cultural relevance he is seeking. Just sayin’.

We’re also thinking that Obama called it when he referred to West as a “jacka—” a few years ago.

Next: Read Our Review About the 'Yeezus' Listening Party

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