Kanye West: “Thom Yorke is the New Roger Waters”

    Kanye West clearly likes to think of himself as a tastemaker. Just check out the amount of gadgets, musicians and fashion lines his minions profile on his blog. West occasionally uses the blog to provide the world with rambling insight into his mind, and has recently typed out a strange entry regarding a paparazzi photograph of Rihanna.


    “Yo why can’t all paparazzi photos be this good?” asks West, in his usual headache inducing all-caps style. He then proceeds to deliver a critique of common techniques used by paparazzi photographers (“sometimes the paps overexpose the lens or have the flash too high”) before delivering a comparison between our current crop of biggest stars and figures from music history.

    This is how West sees the current music world shaping up:

    • Justin Timberlake is the new Michael Jackson
    • Beyonce is the new Tina Turner
    • Lady Gaga is Madonna
    • Jay-Z is Frank Sinatra
    • Lil Wayne is Jimi Hendrix
    • Thom Yorke is Roger Waters

    Timberlake/Jackson is a good (if somewhat obvious) call, and Gaga needs to make a few more albums before reaching Madonna’s stature. Jay-Z as Frank Sinatra is an interesting choice, with West clearly alluding to the “Rap Pack” performance at the Grammy’s earlier this year. Lil Wayne as Jimi Hendrix is the strangest choice, but perhaps West is just trying to give Weezy a boost after the delays that have beset his rock album, Rebirth. And Thom Yorke as Roger Waters? Yorke might not like the comparison, but it’s not the first time parallels between Radiohead and Pink Floyd have been drawn.