Kanye West is My “King”

Welcome to Kanye Week at Negro Please… Maybe.

“It’s our responsibility as musicians to keep pushing each other… We will be the new Beatles, the new [Jimi] Hendrix. They say in every other industry, you’re supposed to do better than the past. Like, computers should get smaller and faster. But whenever you say, ‘I want to be Elvis [Presley],’ they say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ But I want to be Elvis.” -Kanye West, American Music Awards

Here I am thinking niggas was trying to be taller, better, faster, stronger–like in the NBA.

As y’all already know, I’m from the Chuck D school of Elvis praise and the Silky Johnson school of Kanye bashing. From both vantage points, I can’t believe what I’m reading.

So, you want musicians to push each other, Yeezy? You also want to be Elvis? You can’t be no Elvis AND want to push other artists to the brink of greatness. That’s like wanting to be Clayton Bigsby. Please be advised that Elvis Presley wouldn’t push Jimi Hendrix’s black ass into a swimming pool if he were on fire, let alone intentionally inspire him to do well.

I thought Kanye wasn’t coming back to the AMA scene anyway. I remember a few years ago he tried to snatch the Best New Artist award out of Gretchen Wilson’s mouth. Now he’s talking all this Love, Peace and Nappiness shit.

Maybe Kanye feels the need to reinvent his public image as his entire album might as well be called T-Pain izz My New Boyfriend.

If Yeezy Bear were to be an artist from the 60s, he’s definitely chosen the most appropriate. When I think of Elvis Presley I think of a megalomaniac more beloved than his actual level of talent warrants. He’s also already taken all the liberties associated with being “The King.” Hip-Hop’s Nap-pole-Leon Bonerparts has already dictated everyone’s role like that annoying kid on the playground who never wants to be “it.”

“Beyonce can be Diana Ross. John Legend can be Bill Withers. Wyclef is my Hendrix. Coldplay can be Led Zeppelin. Umm… Err… Day 26 can be The Temptations. Justin Timberlake can be Michael MacDonald. Ya Mo B Elvis!”

With that said, I hope the Kanye/Elvis parallel ends there. I don’t want any blood on my hands if Kanye dies on the toilet with a peanut butter and banana sandwich in his throat. I don’t wish that sort of ill will on anyone, even if they spit in my soda.

Eh, not that such a death would even be likely. Mr. West would first have to remove the plastic dick before trying to fit anything else in that blasphemous mouth of his.

In creative efforts I think it’s more important that artists are more concerned with shit like… Umm… being the best they can be as opposed to comparing themselves to others. I leave the Billy > Ronnie > Bol > Billy > Ronnie shit to the readers. None of it affects my waking up early in the evening to shit on your favorite so-called rapster. If I lose focus, my shit’s back on the cutting room floor. I don’t get bonuses or demerits by comparison.

I competes with myself. I’m in a class by myself. I am the voice of this current blog generation and I accept my place atop the hip-hop journalism world. If I don’t get any Negro Weblog Awards or one of them SOHH-hosted jawns they keep giving to their own bloggers then I’m gonna question the nomination process and the integrity of the academy of monkeys that determines the outcome.

Wait. What was I saying?

Oh, yeah. Right. Umm… I’d be more concerned with dropping a Late Registration-esque blog on Monday then following it up with a Graduation and an 808s and Heartbreak Hotel as everything on that record sounds like the junglebunny vocoder version of Pleeeeease Love Me Tender.”

Questions? Comments? Requests? I’m Gumby, dammit! ron@ronmexicocity.com

Vote for Ronnie. I don’t know where… but just write my name in because I’m the best evarr.

[Trying to see if what works for the rapsters will work for the blogsters.]

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  • te noh

    Motherfuck Kanye and John Wayne.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      +2 points.

      *denzel washington voice*

      myyyyyyyyy nigga.

      • Pierzy

        Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamp…

    • Valdez

      ^^lol, i was gonna say that’s from “burn hollywood, burn” but that’s actually from “fight the power”

      anyway, i am starting to hate kanye as a person, but 808s has grown on me. it actually is a great album and believe me, i’m far from a kanye lover (i do, however, put late registration up at classic status).

      the raw emotion alone on 808s is very compelling. he shows that he is just a normal human being with feeling like the rest of us, as opposed to his otherwise normal arrogance.

      i personally think 808s is his 2nd best album. there honestly is not a song on there that i don’t like at least a little. i lets the whole disc play straight thru with no skippage & that says a lot.

      but because i actually don’t like the person kanye has become, i downloaded it instead of buying it. but the music is great quality so it will sell an insane amount anyway. and honestly, it deserves to…

  • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

    “I don’t want any blood on my hands if Kanye dies on the toilet with a peanut butter and banana sandwich in his throat”

    more likely scenerio is kanye dying on the toilet with young jeezy’s “peanut butter” and “banana” in his throat. Yes, I went there.

    and way to acknowledge your pwnage at this hip hop blogging shit, mex! You’ve got my vote. But I think you should get a gigantic “NEGRO PLEASE” jacob chain and show taht sohh asshole with the tattoo of a keyboard on him who’s boss!


    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      hahahaha. yo… you are onto something with the mega NP piece!

      i’ll have jacob get right on that when he gets home.


    good shit Ron. I have the same beef to pick. Why do we as black artis always have to be the black version of some old white group. i.e. Run-DMC = the black Beatles or Tupac the white Dylan. it’s always some bullshit like that. like our merits are not enough to stand on. I understand what Kanye is saying, but why cant he set his precident as “Kanye,Im on my own shit” and strive to be bigger than Elvis? And then to be black and even reference Elvis? That’s some slave minded shit. Fa real!
    Shit look at Eminem, no body calls him “the white_______” he’s just Em. and that’s how it should be. Hip Hop changes the world yet we still feel the need to be the black equivalent of some old white rock group who stole from black artist?! Fuck outta here!

    Dude lost cool points for that shit.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      and the church said “amen.”

    • avenger XL

      You have an excellent point and I think EM is never compared because he already considered the white rapper and there can be only one like the highlander. The rest of those dudes don’t get the level of respect as EM even the dope white boys don’t get much attention. That may change going forward but we all know who the considered the king of the white rappers.

      I think nobody calls any of these old white groups the white anything like they call the black groups the black version of some white act is due to the way they treated black music as race music and still treat black artists as demisonal creatures of passion rather than skilled players and thoughtful writers. The fact that not even black folks except thoughtful music heavily now a days don’t help things.

      Oh yeah Kanye is about to lose it

      • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

        first of all, when em first blew, EVERYONE gave him shit and went so far as to compare him to vanilla ice. I’m not knocking him, but like with other rappers, it’s only when they retire or die, that they get praised (and sometimes overrated). Watch him get burned for sucking or something when he comes back outta retirement.

        Secondly, kanye wasn’t going into it as deep as u all have taken it. He was saying “elvis was a highly respected pop musician and sitsi n the history books as the king. I’m going to do better than him.” That’s it. There’s no need to make any more out of it. For blogging purposes? Sure, it’s entertaining. To speculate on his statement’s consequences? Again, why not. But to say he’s a dirtbag and u’ll never buy his album now? Give him AND ME a break!

        • MFKNRMX!

          I think its safe to say that in theory Ye’s comments werent that deep. However, How can the son of a Black Panther say some shit like that in front of millions of people? When you have a forum as big as the AMA’s you need to choose your words wisely. Dude didnt. He’s says bullshit like that like its cute and shocking. i’m not going for it. He coulda say some real shit but he didnt. Granted that has no bearing on his music but it does bearing on my respect for him a man.

          A black man is going to be president in less than 2 mons and niggas are still doing this jiggaboo act. it has to stop. and niggas need to check other niggas when they are out of line. this nigga was out of line.

        • Smel

          Shit Obama wanna be Abe Lincoln & FDR if we’re gonna take it there lol….

      • TEZZY

        avenger xl
        I co-sign that shit to the fullest thats real talk

    • Smel

      Took the words out of my mouth.

      And Beyonce wants to be Barbara Streisand……I’m like are you crazy? You’re BEYONCE. Babs should wanna be YOU.

  • Queens Boy


  • Hate Hate and more Hate

    Kanye is the New Elvis!!!!!

    Elvis stole from his style from Black acts
    Kanye stole his new style from the Blackest nigga in the game, T-Pain

    One of Elvis’ close friends was faggot ass Liberace who just happens to play the Piano
    Kanye is close friends with John Legand who just happens to be gay and play the Piano

    Elvis is famous for wearing that white jump suit
    Kanye is famous for wearing tight ass clothes and for always having white stuff on his face

  • Apollo Moses

    “And as I sip on my soda I’m sure somebody spit in,” Kanye West is one silly negro. I’m starting to think that Michael Jackson syndrome is kicking in and his love white is at a critical level…I think this fool wants to be David Bowie. Peep the other crazy quote from his interview from DJ Semtex.

    “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. I have to be in a way more grimey environment to turn any rap music on”

    Now he come out with an explaination after looking like a herb.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      read my lips.


  • Justice4all

    Who cares about what these artist do?

  • Worley

    “I’m Gumby, dammit!” Classic. My moms took the TV out my room ’cause I was up late watching that sh*t back in the day.

    Apollo, I caught that quote. I can’t imagine listening to a n*gga in a Pee-Wee Herman suit talkin’ that type of sh*t. Kanye been finished in my book.

  • capcobra

    if justin timberlake is the white michael jackson then why can’t kanye west be the black elvis presley?

    • anutha_level


  • giantstepp

    Vote Ron Mex in 09/10 for something, anything!

    Oh, fcuk Kanye. That duche is really starting to irk my nerves. Somebody alert G-Unot Killa that Kanye needs some presure put on that azz.

  • anutha_level

    ya’ll watch and see….when this shit is all said and done, kanye gonna be hip hop’s anti-christ. that nicca got the mark of the beast on his tongue…


    he wants to be elvis? he wants to dress in lycra suits and get fat and die on the toilet. this nigga got problems he dressing like he homeless he got that lauyrn hill syndrome. “So, you want musicians to push each other, Yeezy? You also want to be Elvis? You can’t be no Elvis AND want to push other artists to the brink of greatness. That’s like wanting to be Clayton Bigsby” hahahahahhaha oh man thats to funny

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Ron Mex you a foolio as usual. Since you ain’t winning them free kicks from my football pool I will mail you the world’s greatest blogger gift pack – One(1) gram of mango hydro, two(2) Dutch Masters, 1/5 E & J brandy and the latest issue of Buttman magazine featuring Lauren Phoenix.

    As soon as XXL pays me.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      hell yes!

      shit, that’s better than salary! that there’s the meaning of life.

  • grant ny

    “elvis stole his style from black artists”

    please shut up, elvis was wack but thats just stupid, elvis was original, sometimes black people really need to get over themselves with all this shit, especially kanye.

    • MFKNRMX!

      are you serious? you must be a cracker or a nigga that think he’s a cracker. elvis and meny other white artists in the 50′s and 60′s made no secret of “being influenced” by black musicians. Shit Blue Suade shit was originally performed by a black man. not many people know that.

      if you think elvis was original emagine a world with no Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters or Mississippi Delta. There would be no Rock n Roll. Including elvis. Period.

      Can you dig it?

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Chuck Berry = The King of Rock & Roll
    Rakim = The God of Hip-Hop

    Elvis and Kanye = Wannabes

  • http://xxlmag.com Cal

    Man now i’m starting to understand why Jay didn’t wanna let this dude out into the world coz next thing you know you got a fruit holdin’ up the rock coz he’s the only one there thats deemed relevant.

    • anutha_level


  • henry

    no one white or black will ever surpass the Beatles or elvis in popularity, its not going to happen

    maybe its one big circle since kanye samples(steals basically) alot of old songs, Elvis wanted to sing like the black singers like fats domino.

    Its just shows how the whole country was and is fucked up cuz the black artist had all the talent back then but didnt have the face to go big