Kanye West Calls Lil Wayne 'Number One Rapper,' Talks Being 'Givenchy Kanye'
The hip-hop star called into Hot 97 for a rare interview after landing at No. 7 on a Hottest MCs list.
"I'm happy for [Big] Sean," he told DJ Enuff on "The Angie Martinez Show." "But I feel like he should be on top 5. He's bodying records, like the way he started off that 'Mercy.'"
But he was less than pleased with his No. 7 ranking, criticizing the list creators' biases.
"What happens with them… I had like the pink polo and the backpack and I'm checkin' all the boxes of that Tribe Called Quest era and J. Dilla and all that, so they wanna champion it. They don't like Givenchy Kanye. They don't like Kanye in a kilt. They don't like Kanye in a relationship," he said.
Not that he was expecting the top spot: In West's opinion, the world's No. 1 rapper is Lil Wayne.
"Yeah, I just think... him and [Jay-Z] and [Eminem] and certain people are just the greatest rappers of all time," he said.
He finished with a call for the network's Sway to remember his roots.
"I was living in Newark doing beats for Jay and Beans and all them and I was getting a new TV and I gave Sway his first TV," West said. "And really I didn’t wanna even call to talk about the No. 7 list, I just wanna tell everybody that I gave Sway his first TV. And he need to remember that."
West will have the chance to reclaim his throne soon enough: he's promised new solo material in the next few months.