If Elvis were alive today, would he be snatching mics and awards out of other peoples’ hands, blogging about his latest sequined stage outfit, or recording albums with every vocal filtered through a vocoder? No, he wouldn’t.
Somebody call me once Kanye West has taken over Celine Dion’s permanent Las Vegas show. Then we can start talking about Elvis comparisons.
But despite his delusions of grandeur, the fact remains that Kanye will never be The King.
As you may have heard, Kanye West announced at the American Music Awards that he wants to be the next Elvis. Then West had to take it even further.
“When I said the statement, ‘I want to be Elvis,’ I really should have thought that out more because that statement was actually really incorrect,” West told E! News’ Ryan Seacrest Tuesday. “Actually, the true statement was ‘I want to be better than Elvis.’ “
So does West have what it takes to get anywhere near Elvis’ stratosphere? We talked to some industry insiders to find out…
“Kanye is one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the world right now,” says Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of urban lifestyle magazine Giant. “But I do believe he has delusions of grandeur.”