“My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake,” Kanye tells the October issue of XXL magazine. “He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level - black radio, white radio. If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on”. “We push each other,” says West. “I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.” Kanye drops a hint, and adds: "…When people come up to you like, ‘That was really good,’ you’re supposed to play stupid, like, ‘Wow, you really think so?’ Because people can’t really handle the truth,” he continues. “But I am the truth. I’d rather be hated for what I am than loved for what I’m not.”
That's right, Kanye! You are our hero!