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Kanye calls Timberlake his "only competition," cartoon steam blows out 50 Cent's ears

In an interview for XXL magazine, Kanye West claims that pop princess, er, superstar Justin Timberlake is his "biggest inspiration and biggest competition." In the magazine's October issue (on newsstands September 11) West says: "He'''s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level '' black radio, white radio ... If Justin hadn'''t come out and killed the game, I can'''t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they'''re on. We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.''" OK, nice try Kanye; you really had us going up until the end there. Prince and Michael, no, but I will accept Steve Urkel and Samuel "Screech" Powers circa 1991.
It's difficult not to read the leak of this comment as a deft riposte to 50 Cent's goading of West and anyone associated with him in, ostensibly, an ever more desperate attempt to affect first week sales of 50's new album, Curtis, which will be pitted against Kanye's new disc Graduation when both are released on September 11.
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I've grown to like the craziness that comes out of Kanye's mouth. I picture Curtis throwing punches at a heavy bag with Kanye's face glued on it at this moment.

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