Over at DIME, I wrote about Kanye’s recent interview with GQ in which he compared himself and Kim Kardashian to “two LeBrons”, and looked at how his affinity for number ones in every industry explains why he’s constantly comparing himself to The King.
Kanye’s respect and acknowledgment of LeBron’s career arc goes beyond just the GQ interview quote. In an original version of “Black Skinhead” that he performed on “Saturday Night Live” last year, he included the line, “my homey was number one draft pick, they still burned his jersey in Akron.” In the retail version of the song, he excluded those lyrics.
On “New God Flow”, he rapped, “went from most hated to the champion god flow, I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know.” It’s clear Kanye has kept close tabs on LeBron’s narrative shift in recent years, and his respect for the four-time MVP makes sense when you consider Kanye’s elitist approach while acknowledging people in different fields.
Earlier this year, he told an interviewer that he married Kim K because she was the “number one woman” in the world. He further elaborated on the idea of number ones, saying he can’t work with anyone but Jay-Z because he’s reached the peak of his craft.