Kanye West Compared Himself to 'David Stern' and Jesus on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterOctober 10, 2013

Kanye West wants to be the “David Stern” of music—just not the one that trolls the NBA draft and cancels blockbuster trades every year.

West went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and laid down a towering rant covering everything from basic human decency to Ralph Lauren. Somewhere in the middle, however, the hip hop star managed to compare himself to Leonardo Da Vinci, Jesus and....David Stern.

Here’s the excerpt of Kanye’s quote concerning “David Stern”:

“When I compare myself to Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney...Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus...I’m saying these are my heroes.”

The strange comparison was noted by Chris Littman of SportingNews.com, whom, like many others, wondered how in the good gravy Kanye could put an NBA commissioner in the same sentence as one of the greatest inventors of history and Christ.

We weren’t the only ones who were confused, as many Twitter users wondered why the hip hop artist made the comparison.

How did Kanye slip David Stern in with the likes of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, Michelangelo, da Vinci, & Jesus?

— Joel Thompson (@joel_thompson) October 10, 2013

Kanye West says he looks up to, among others, Michelangelo, Jesus Christ and David Stern. Amazing. You made it, Commish.

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) October 10, 2013

Kanye compared himself to David Stern last night. I think he meant Howard Stern. But maybe not.

— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 10, 2013

As it turns out, Kanye wasn’t comparing himself to NBA commissioner David Stern, rather he was referring to David Stern the painter—a highly lauded German artist.

Well, that’s kind of a bummer. For a moment there, the world thought Kanye West wanted to be this man.

Image via AP

Granted, the two have plenty in common. America might run on Dunkin’, but Kanye West and David Stern are powered by the bald hatred of others and a constant, self-perpetuated sense of personal embattlement. 

They both also say controversial things and then sort of apologize for it. 

Welp, it was good while it lasted, Kanye. For a second there you had us believing your greatest aspiration in this world was to live up to the legacies of Jesus Christ and commissioner Stern.

You've got to think that somewhere up in heaven, a record player skipped when Kanye laid that one down.

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