For those who haven’t paid attention to this year’s list, Kanye placed at No. 7 behind Big Sean and Drake (Nos. 1 through 5 will be revealed in the coming days.)
Tuesday, West called in to Hot 97′s DJ Enuff to talk about the list. The brief conversation began with West admitting that “Lil Wayne is the No. 1 rapper in the world. Him and Jay and Em are the greatest rappers of all time,” West said.
However, when it came to his spot on the list, he said, “I feel like in order for them to put me at No. 7, they had to bring up things they didn’t like — like the Cruel Summer album.” He then suggested that his critics prefer the backpack and polo-era Kanye over his current career choices. “They don’t like Givenchy Kanye. They don’t like Kanye in a kilt. They don’t like Kanye in a relationship.”
West also boasted about the bar in “Cold” in which he raps about Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries. “I said, ‘Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team’ — ain’t no bar of the entire past 12 months hotter than that one bar.”
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