Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Kanye West has never been shy about comparing himself to the world’s most successful people.
Earlier this summer, in a notorious New York Times interview to promote his most recent album, Yeezus, the rapper aligned himself with such luminaries as Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Anna Wintour and even exiting NBA commissioner David Stern. He went so far as to call himself the “Steve [Jobs] of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period,” adding, “I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”
During negotiations with HBO producer Larry Charles for an untitled improv comedy show the pair worked on back in 2008, West proclaimed himself “the black Larry David.” Charles revealed this to comingsoon.net during an interview from that same year that addressed the pilot episode of the show.
“So it’s like a Kanye and Curb show, it’s kind of improvised about the situations and stuff,” Charles said, comparing the show to Larry David’s popular HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm (Charles is a longtime Larry David associate who worked on Seinfeld and Curb). “It was really good, but again I think it was too hardcore for HBO. Also, HBO’s management shifted, but HBO doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to black shows and I felt like that may have had something to do with it also.”
The show never made it to air, but thanks to actress Alison Quinn–who worked on the pilot episode of West’s show–the world can now get a taste of what the rapper had in store after she posted a skit she was featured in from the unaired pilot.
In the skit, West meets a young fan from the Make A Wish Foundation, only to learn that he the kid would have been more interesting in meeting Lil Wayne or R. Kelly. Quinn’s character spends her time repeatedly calling Kanye West “Kenny.” Watch below.
West has had more success in the world of fashion than in comedy, with a new line of clothing designed in conjunction with French ready-to-wear company A.P.C. selling out in less than 24 hours. According to People, demand for the “nine-piece capsule collection” crashed the A.P.C. website despite an exorbitant price point that finds jeans going for $265 a pair, hooded sweatshirts for $250 each and even plain white and navy blue t-shirts (tagged “Hip Hop T-Shirt”) listed for a cool $120 apiece.
While the collection is sold out, A.P.C. will continue to accept pre-orders for the next batch of pieces until 1 p.m. this Wednesday (July 17), Paris time.