Rap mogul Jay-Z recently spoke on turning 40 years-old and how he feels to be listed among music icons like the late Elivs Presley.
Aside from citing his The Blueprint III success, Hov also spoke on the importance of friendship.
"I feel fantastic about turning 40, I'm in a great place, got a fantastic album, my eleventh number one which beats Elvis, so I'm feeling like the king of pop," he said in an interview. "When people get success, the often start getting rid of their immediate circle who knew them to surround themselves with yes men and women and they get lost," he said. "I have great friends around to keep me grounded, fame is a drug and your feet can get lifted off the ground but I try to stay centered and whenever I start getting big headed, they stop me." (Showbiz Spy)
Earlier this year, reports suggested Kanye West crowned himself the "King of Pop" shortly after Michael Jackson's death.
Beat it, Kanye! In the wake of Michael Jackson's death, Mr. West has crowned himself the new King of Pop. The notorious egomaniac boasted, "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 added, "First there was Elvis, then there was Michael. Now in the 21st century it's Kanye's time to rule." (New York Daily News)
However, Yeezy later denied these claims on his blog last August.
"I WAS JUST LISTENING TO WENDY WILLIAMS AND HEARD SOME QUOTE ABOUT ME SAYING I'M THE NEW KING OF POP," Yeezy wrote Friday (July 31). "NOT ONLY DID I NOT SAY THAT, I HAVEN'T SAID ANYTHING. IT MAKES ME FEEL BAD THAT OBVIOUSLY I MADE PEOPLE FEEL THAT I WOULD BE CORNY ENOUGH TO SAY SOMETHING SO WHACK AFTER THE PASSING OF AN IDOL, A LEGEND AND MORE THAN THAT A HUMAN BEING WITH FEELINGS AND FAMILY. IT SCARES ME TO THINK WHAT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE, WITHOUT EVEN A SOURCE. ANY RANDOM PERSON CAN TYPE SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET AND THEN THE WORLD BELIEVES IT. I DON'T TALK TO PRESS OR DO TV OR DO PROMOTIONS OF ANY SORT. I'VE STOPPED CHASING AND BUYING INTO FAME. FAME IS LIKE CIGARETTES WITH NO SURGEON GENERAL WARNING. IT DESTROYS MOST PEOPLE AS IT DID TO THE TRUE AND ONLY KING OF POP. WE EXPLOIT OURSELVES AND EAT OUR OWN EGOS 'TILL THERE IS NOTHING LEFT. I HAVE A FEELING THAT THIS WON'T BE THE LAST FALSE STATEMENT WITH MY NAME ON IT, BUT THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME I DEFEND MYSELF. I'M DONE." (Kanye West's Blog)
Memphis Bleek recently spoke on his loyalty and friendship toward Hov.
"Like, let me tell you something that just happened recently, right, you know they just did the tenth anniversary photo shoot for Rocawear?," Bleek asked in an interview. "So they called me to come down there and do the picture or whatever. The Rocawear people tried to pay me, like they had a check for me at the photo shoot. And I'm like, 'Nah, I can't take that check.' I think the check was like for between I think like $7,000 to $10,000. And I'm like, 'I can't take that check.' And the dude he like, 'Yo, why not?' I'm like,'"Nah 'cause this my homie's company. Why my man gotta pay me just to take some pictures? Like, this my n*gga! We from the [same] projects. You don't have to pay me. [Doing] this is nothing.' So then Jay called me the next day like, 'Yo Bleek, why you ain't take the money?' I'm like, 'Yo Hov, that's like me stealing from you, just taking money from you, c'mon. What I did for you yesterday took 15 minutes out my day, you don't have to pay me for that. I'ma get the money some other way.' And that n*gga said to me, 'Yo that's why I love you, you one of the realest n*ggas ever, you would never meet nobody else in the world who would do that.' And I sat back and thought about it, [and] he's right. Who turning down money today? It's just like, that's my homie. That's like if my brother, he like, yo I'm throwing a party, come to my party, and I gotta charge him for a walk-thru. Is you crazy?! C'mon. Karma is everything. You don't have to pay me for no picture, I'm cool. And that's just the loyalty I have to my team. And anybody that ever been close to me, you never gon' meet nobody that tell you yo Bleek is foul, Bleek is this -- I'm always for my team first." (Hip Hop DX)