Kanye West Shows Steve Jobs A Lot Of Love In His Recent New York Times Interview
Steve Jobs was an amazing man. How amazing? So amazing that it sounds like Kanye West puts him on a pedestal and looks at him as one of the most important people to walk the earth in the last 100 years. So amazing that Kanye West wants to follow in his footsteps. So amazing that Kanye West is aiming to fill the void that Jobs left when he passed away a few years ago. That amazing.
In a New York Times interview that ‘Ye just did to promote his new album, Yeezus, Mr. West makes a number of different references to Jobs. But the one that stands out the most comes at the end of the interview when he discusses how he feels as though he’s hit a glass ceiling in his career. He’s conquered the music world. But he wants to continue to grow, both personally and professional, and become something even bigger. He wants to be as big as Jobs—and he comes right out and says it.
“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means,” he says. “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.”
And what does he mean by that? It sounds like he means that, like Jobs, he wants to push boundaries and create some sort of company that allows him to change the world. Not just with physical products but also with a new mindset.
“I think that’s a responsibility that I have,” he says, “to push possibilities, to show people: ‘This is the level that things could be at.’ So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”
What do you think about that statement? Does Kanye West have what it takes to be the next Steve Jobs? It sounds like that’s what he’s after. And it sounds like Kanye really admired all of the things that Jobs was able to do during his life.