Kanye West: Ready to Inherit the Sequined Glove?

By: Betsy Waldman / July 30, 2009

Is Kanye West ready to snatch the King of Pop mantle from deceased singer Michael Jackson?

If a recent report is to be believed—and that’s a massive “if”—it is so.

Ace Showbiz claims that the 808s & Heartbreak rapper took to something called Scrape TV to lay claim to Jackson’s legacy in his usual humble manner.

“You know everyone loves and respects Michael but times change,” West supposedly said. “It’s so sad to see Michael gone but it makes a path for a new King of Pop and I’m willing to take that on.”

So why does West reportedly think he’s worthy of the task?

“There’s nobody who can match me in sales and in respect so it only makes sense for me to take over Michael’s crown and become the new King.” The rapper then added, “First there was Elvis [Presley], then there was Michael, now in the 21st century it’s Kanye’s time to rule.”

The report goes on to claim that West has reached out to the Jackson family for their blessing, but has so far not heard back.

Hmm. Kanye has never suffered from an ego deficiency, but this seems a bit much.

Readers, let us know in the comments section: Do you think Kanye West really wants to inherit the King of Pop title from Michael Jackson? And if he doesn’t deserve the King of Pop title, who does?