Kanye West: Kobe Was the Basketball Version of Me, I Was the Rap Version of Him

Never one to walk in humility, Kanye West tells the world that the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant is the basketball version of him.

In his recent cover feature interview with GQ Magazine, the Chi-Town Hip Hop mogul elaborated on his exaggerated comparison, saying, “He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts! We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together. And now it’s like, yeah, I might have had a reputation for screaming about things—but I’m not taking any mess for an answer now. We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity. We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies.”

West continued in the interview speaking about the 2020 Presidential election, the MAGA hat-wearing rapper inevitably chimed in, “we know who I’m voting on.”

He also spoke about his personal vices, labeling himself as a “functioning alcoholic.”

“People have called me a crazy person, people have called me everything, but not a functioning alcoholic. And I would be drinking orange juice and Grey Goose in the morning,” admitted West.

Check out the rest of the Kanye West cover feature in the May 2020 print edition of GQ.