Kanye did an interview with the New York Times to promote his upcoming album, and it continued a long line of the most narcissistic crazy shit we've collectively heard from someone we all (supposedly) look up to for a while. Here are a few choice selections...1. On basketball…

The next year — I was on the junior team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach.

2. On being like Mike…

You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, “This is wrong.”

3. On the Grammys…

[My BeautifulDark [TwistedFantasy and Watch the Throne: neither was nominated for Album of the Year, and I made both of those in one year. I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.

4. On his cultural impact…

I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.

5. On being awesome…

It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.

6. On being a great artist…

I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.

7. On setting trends…

Yeah, respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins. The world wins; fresh kids win; creatives win; the company wins.

8. On Steve Jobs…

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.I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.

Honestly, my biggest problem with it?"The Michael Jordan of music".Of MUSIC?ALL MUSIC?You have to know that your crazy to believe that. You have to. You (yup, now im speaking directly to Kanye. Cause im sure he reads this) have literally NEVER, EVER produced a great song without a sample BY YOURSELF. Your one attempt to stray from samples ( 808s and heartbreak) was, lets be honest, shit. Now its not complete shit as a no-name's album, but for the Michael Jordan of music? I don't remember Michael coming in with a 10 ppg season midway through his career, but what do I know, I was still but a young pup.And the songs on your albums that don't contain samples? All done with at least two other producers, if not completely taken from existing works of other producers (see: I Cant Stop, Flux pavillion... how does he not even get a credit on wiki for that?)Point being, Kanye, I lie to myself and tell myself that you don't believe it. Your just saying shit to be controversial. But at this point, even my self lies are starting to fade. The Hype Machine creates what it creates if you don't see it coming. And somehow you didn't see it coming, or never wanted to.You know, somewhere deep down, that in any other genre you couldn't keep up. Sure, you'd sell records. Your kanye! Hype, motherfucker! But you don't actually have the musical chops to say, make a great classical piece, or even a good one. I'd love it if you would prove me wrong. I really would. It would make me so happy to have you produce something, all on your own, all without samples, that made me think you were really the "Michael Jordan of Music".But you are more like "The Kobe Bryant of Hip Hop".A champion, for sure! And an asshole. Someone who's ego will always get in the way of not being a total prick. And when you think of him, what do you think of first? Champion or dickbag?And if you're the Kobe of Hip Hop, what would that make you for all of music? Of all time?Jarrett Jack?Ill let you decide.Just a thought.Disclaimer: No offense to Jarrett Jack. Well... some. Jarrett Jack on the Blazers fucked up more times then I have ever seen. And in the worst situations. I dont have the stats, but he has to have the most turnovers per minutes played in the last 6 minutes of games. AKA, fucks up in crunch time. I know he's doing much better now with the Warriors, but fuck. Portland Jarrett sucked.