Kanye West has dispelled rumors that hes publicly dubbed himself the King of Pop following the tragic death of Michael Jackson.
The rumor began to gain legs courtesy of media personality Wendy Williams, who lent credence to the supposed statement on her radio show.
According to various news sources, Kanye is reputed to have stated you know everyone loves and respects Michael but times change. Its so sad to see Michael gone but it makes a path for a new King of Pop and Im willing to take that on.
Additionally, the Chicago star was alleged to have detailed his sales as validation that he deserved the title.
First there was Elvis, then there was Michael, now in the 21st century its Kanyes time to rule, read the alleged comments. I have nothing but respect for Michael but someone needs to pick up where he left off and theres nobody better than me to do that. I am the new King of Pop.
While known for his outspoken quotes, West vehemently denied the reports on his website kanyeuniversity.com.
I was just listening to Wendy Williams and heard some quote about me saying Im the new King of Pop. Not only did I not say that, I havent said anything, Kanye explained. It makes me feel bad that obviously I made people feel that I would be corny enough to say something wack after the passing of an idol, a legend and more than that, a human being with feelings and family.
West further argued that actions like this have made him step back from the spotlight, and it would be the final time he addresses false accusations made against him. Additionally, he alluded to media lies as one of main contributing factors to Michael Jacksons passing.
It scares me to think what people will believe, without even a source. Any random person can type something on the internet and then the world believes it, Kanye stated. I dont talk to press or do TV or do promotions of any sort. Ive stopped chasing and buying into fame. Fame is like cigarettes with no surgeon general warning. It destroys most people as it did to the truly and only King of Pop. We exploit ourselves and eat our own egos until there is nothing left. I have a feeling this wont be the last false statement with my name on it, but this will be the last time I defend myself. Im done.
A longtime Jackson fan, Kanye West famously sampled the late King of Pops P.Y.T. on Good Life, the popular single from his multi-platinum LP Graduation.