(AllHipHop News) Kanye West was so "delusional" about his rapping skills early in his career he decided not to offer up his hit song "Jesus Walks" to Jay-Z.
Looking back, the outspoken rap star admits some of his early work wasn't as good as he thought it was at the time.
In a new interview with David Letterman for the second season of Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," Kanye recalled: "Before we brought back this Renaissance era, it was like, 'You're a producer... this is all you can do' and my raps weren't as good as the 'rapper rappers' and my back story wasn't as gangsta as all the rappers, so I understood why the kid with the pink polo's raps were not being accepted as much.
"When I listen back to it I'm like, 'Oh man, I wasn't really as good as I thought I was', but I had this delusional confidence to think that I could rap as good as Jay-Z even to the point of not playing him beats and saving them for myself...
"People think I'm crazy now; they thought I was crazy then... 'You ain't gonna play Jesus Walks for Jay-Z?' I was like, 'No, I'm gonna stash this one'."