Kanye West Wants To Be Elvis, Wins First American Music Awards

Elvis may not have meant much to Chuck D, but Kanye West is apparently pretty fond of him. Yeezy revealed he wanted to be “the king” during his acceptance speech at the American Music Awards last night (11/23). West took home trophies for favorite male rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop album for Graduation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who accepted me trying to break new boundaries in music,” West said during his speech. “It’s our responsibility as musicians to keep pushing each other. … We will be the new Beatles, the new (Jimi) Hendrix. I want to be Elvis.”

Though thankful, the Louis Vutton Don shared his plans to hand his awards to Lil Wayne, stating he felt it was Weezy’s year, not his. The Awards marked West’s first wins at the AMAs. The Chicago rapper/producer vowed to never return to the AMAs after Gretchen Wilson beat him for best new artist back in 2004. -Marvin Brandon

  • JAY STONE

    Elvis is the most overrated artist in history.

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      How the fucc this coon KanGay wan to be a racist ass white man who hated Black people? Not to mention he stole ALL Little Richard songs and portrayed them as his own? He was basically like a 60′s Suge. See that’s why I can’t fuck w/ KanGay you can tell this dumb ass nigga was a college drop out he doesn’t even know his history of his own fuccin people get an education before you want to be compared to bigots & thieves like Elvis

      • 619

        You forgot to put the k in fuck.

        • G-UNOT KILLA

          Listen Piru Fucc Toy, Don’t you know I had some of my Steelers down in San Diego write your name on the wall on South Side San Diego!!! You better run for your life nigga !

        • 619

          Southside’s not Dieru it’s Brim turf. Geography lesson mafucker, you don’t know shit about any sets, you was still claimin’ Snoovas as crip and they’re not even crip no more, they’re Hoover Criminals. Get your shit right and stop gettin’ your outdated information off of the History channel bitchmade off brand.

        • 619

          And in case you didn’t know Steelers don’t come down here, since Snoop got shot at. HAHAHA! Ask your fuzzin Spider Joke, he was runnin’ for his life down here too, Game mentioned that shit at the end of ’240 bars’. That also goes for twinkies and cheese toast. Southeast and Southside are Damu controlled, Eastside is the only spot where crips are, and they’re so weak over there that they have competition from Asian gangs. HAHAHA!

  • oliver

    Really? hard to believe.i heard this news times from many friends playing on a tall dating site ___Tallmingle.c o m___,i did not believe, i think that they are know nothing but dating and love.
    i am wrong.

  • http://xxlmag.com Shawty Reg

    Elvis???? Try The Beetles Ye….

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    Be Eazy,

    Shawty Reg

  • Avenger XL

    Kanye is walking a thin line between super producer genuis level and social celebrity purgatory. His whole say the first thing that comes to my mind because that is what artists do stick is getting kinda flimsy. Things like this is only good a few times here and there when you can can go into more detail on your thought but when you are just giving sound bytes you look like a bratty jerk (which maybe he is) many overly creative cats are kinda jerky so why not Ye. The bottomline is once you start noticing your own bad behavior you need to work on correcting it and talking without thinking is not excusable it is better he says nothing because his rants are not profound or interesting.

  • Avenger XL

    OH yeah Weezy really weezy. Damn dude stop licking his lolipop. The Carter III was a commercial success and critically mmmeeehh. It has several solid cuts on there but it is such a incoherent body of work that the only great thing it does is match the mind of Weezy, i.e. superficial and empty.

  • Manka Cat

    Yo, Before listening to this album, if you haven’t already, get BLAZED. Get high till you feel like you could fall asleep. Maybe take a couple shots too. Make sure the weed got you almost asleep, but you can still walk alright. Then, just get in your whip, crank 808′s and Heartbreaks, and get your wife or boy to drive you around. Nice drive, better on the highway. Fuckin fall into this shit. Let it consume you, nice and loud, and just cruise. Be high enough you don’t know where your going. Just focus on the album, with an open mind, and then see how you like it. Get some bonus points by taking 30-40MG of codeine the next morning and take two shots of vodka, ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. Start the opening track in your crip while you get ready for your day.

    I was judging this album from the beginning. The singles all seemed to suck except Heartless. But I got the album and followed the instructions above, and I am in love. I will not judge Kanye again. I did the same thing after Stronger about Graduation, And it gets more play in my truck now than any other album from 2007. Kanye knows what he is doing, This album, in a single sitting with no track skipping, is mesmerizing, especially when your on some shit.

    Just fucking try it. Don’t let anyone fuck up the hour this will take. It IS worth it, and I think Kanye deserves a little of our time and money after all he has given us, and after all our hating.

    Hate it or Love it, Heartbreaks is good shit. Just in a differant, new, and exciting way for Hip-Hop.

    Thanks Kanye. Sorry I doubted your talent. Don’t leave us!

  • TheRefriedMexican

    ELVIS WAS A HERO TO MOST/ ELVIS WAS A HERO TO MOST / ELVIS WAS A HERO TO MOST / BUT HE NEVER
    MEANT SHIT TO ME YOU SEE / STRAIGHT UP RACIST THAT SUCKER WAS, SIMPLE AND PLAIN / MOTHER FUCK HIM AND JOHN WAYNE
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  • grant ny

    someone please explain to me “refried mexican” why elvis was reacist you punk motherfucker piece of fucking shit?

    • Rob The Music Ed

      That was Public Enemy line that Refried Mexican quoted. Now go sit in the corner Grant, you’re on punishment!

  • TISHAN

    COSIGN MANKA CAT

  • gkid12345

    kanye is a racist white guy trapped in a black mans body. ENough said.

  • OG Kush

    KayGay aint got shit on Elvis or the Beatles

  • capcobra

    for the first time in a long time…kanye’s speeches made complete sense…i mean why not say you gon be elvis “the king”?…elvis stole alot from black music and now kanye is stealing alot from white music…especially with all that techno pop shit…. then he said weezy deserved that award for hip hop artist of the year cause the dude definitely does…niguz can say the album is a classic or garbage…either way..the award was for hip hop artist of the year..and wayne been doing his thing since the first carter…i mean damn…xxl got a section for the nigga and vibe had a list of 77 songs from 07…wtf!…i’m just happy soulja boy wasn’t nominated at all last night…good looking out AMA’s.

    • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

      wayne’s album was 08, for sure and kanye’s 07. But i’m guessing the award’s time frame was such taht it’s based from a point in 07 til a piont in 08 and therefore kanye’s album is included in the awards

      so u gotta think “did kanye do more in 07 than wayne in 08?” Hell yeah. Without kanye in 07, i don’t even think wayne could’ve sold a milli in the first place. He broke through to both the rap AND pop crowds in a brand new way.

      http://www.prettypancakes.com

      • capcobra

        what you saying is true only to a certain degree amar…cause niguz been crossing over and going pop way before kanye west…i was just happy he saluted weezy…keep in mind..weezy already had a fan base since cash money..not to mention how he owned the streets and radio with remixes.freestyles.collabos.hooks and what have you in 07…so let’s say all the old cash money fans bought the album..that’s still a platinum fan base…now add in all the new fans who like him from being on thier favorite artists songs and add a couple thousand trend followers…now that’s a million or better…so you can’t say kanye opened the door for him…wayne earned his 2 mil…and i’m not the biggest lil wayne fan..but i respect his skill and work ethic tho’…i was just saying that i was happy that kanye did the same cause the kid deserve it…that all.

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    I admire that brother Kanye for sayin all the right shit. No matter what’s goin on in thew world he always comes up with something clever yet relevant to say. If you haven’t altready heard it, his new album is pretty good. Of course if you’re not open to experimentation you won’t appreciate it.

    http://www.rapaveli.com

  • Dee-Nyce

    @ Manka Cat

    any music that I have to be high or drunk to listen to …is garbage music…I bet laffy taffy sound good as shit with those pre-conceived notions you stated..hell anything sounds good when you are fucked up and cant process good from bad..what a fucking lame you are…the album is wack…and gay..electro fag music at its finest

  • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

    hey rob, u know what i found ironic about the whole thing? Kanye says that ppl say its impossible to be elvis but he wants to be elvis.

    What do you know, 30 minutes later mariah carey is honoured for being the first artist to break 2 of elvis’s records LOL

    that was some inspirational shit…kanye tries to hard at these things, but its still entertaining as shit and somewhat meaningful, props to him

    http://www.prettypancakes.com

  • oskamadison

    Kanye is a really talented cat who has a knack for saying shit to push people’s buttons. I believe, on the low, he might be one of the most humble cats when no cameras are around. He says dumb shit because he knows the media will give him the platform to say that dumb shit and give people something to talk about. It’s a double-edged sword because while he gives hip-hop an oversized personality on some WWF shit, it takes away from the fact that dude makes good hip-hop music. That being said, I copped the first 3 joints but I think I’ll sit this one out. A dude is broke, Xmas is around the corner, kids got birthdays and I still haven’t copped Large Pro, GZA, Elzhi or Q-Tip yet.

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  • http://fuck.sohh stnec 05

    KANYE WAS A HERO TO MOST / BUT HE NEVER
    MEANT SHIT TO ME YOU SEE / STRAIGHT UP FAG THAT SUCKER WAS, SIMPLE AND PLAIN / MOTHER FUCK HIM AND LIP RING WAYNE

  • Cinsere

    This negroe has lost all perspective! This dude had a big hand in bringing social consciousness to mainstream hip hop, and now he wants to be…Elvis?!?!! So you’re telling me you wanna take a black artform, and use it to cater only to white folk. Yeah…it seems George Bush ain’t the only one that don’t care about black people anymore.

  • TheRefriedMexican

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  • Trickdd

    Elvis was the fucking real king shit I was raised up listening to Elvis he wasn’t overrated he was really just really popular you can’t be overrated if you really got that many fans and Elvis had a lot to do with rap if you think about it cause he was the first to really work with black people and his music was like rap music back then cause they use to say it was devil music and its doing this and that to the kids/teenagers so he broke a lot of barriers for the music that came out later on plus Elvis had a good voice one of the strongest voices and you wanna talk about style are swag Elvis had more swag then all these rappers nowadays he could get more bitches he had all the jewlery the cars and that was back in the day ELVIS IS THE REAL KING. Kanye West is weird man he’s really starting to scare me wearing them tight pants and the hair cut usally I don’t judge people on how they look but what the fuck is he doing I seen him on 106 today when I was getting my haircut and he don’t seem the same he didn’t seem like he was happy he really just seem different man didn’t seem like he was joking and shit and I have no idea what the fuck he’s thinking about his music I mean you have to be on something to make music like that shits more like techno Kanye will never be close to being Elvis I hope he was joking when he said that.

  • wells

    bullshit deenyce, manka cat is right. if you love it messed up, you appreciate it sober like you wouldn’t have before. I never understood chronic 2001 until i got superfuckedup and ate that shit up, and now i get it. try it on 808s and heartbreak

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/KINSNSPACE KIN CAMELL

    PEACE, FROM THE BAY!

    KANYE=BRILLIANT

    HE MEANT HE WANTED TO BE THE BEST AKA “THE KING”.I’M NOT AN ELVIS FAN, BUT I LOVE MEMPHIS
    EVERYTHING DOES NOT SOUND GOOD WHEN I EXPERIMENT WITH CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (MAYBE I’M DIFFERENT).

    COME VIBE;

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    KIN CAMELL@IMEEM.COM

    KIN CAMELL(GOOGLE THAT)

    PEACE TO YOU & YOURS.

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