Kanye West ‘I Am The Next Mandela’ Quote Was Just A Hoax

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Satire website Daily Current decided to have a little fun with Kanye West’s in-your-face charisma and posted a fake interview with the rapper where he called himself the “next Nelson Mandela.” The interview was posted by “The Global Satirical Newspaper of Record” on Friday (Dec. 6), only one day after the South African anti-apartheid leader’s death on Dec. 5. Things got more real when South African publication Times Live picked up on the story, and tweeted it, not realizing it was fake. The article has since been removed.

“I am the next Nelson Mandela,” the fake story quotes West. “I’m only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I’ve accomplished, it’s the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I’m 95, I’m going to be a bigger hero than he ever was.” The story, which pissed off several people on Twitter, didn’t stop there. “Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don’t get me wrong,” West was quoted as saying. “But I think I’m on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.” To read the article that fooled several people head here. For the record, there will never be another Nelson Mandela.