Largely out of the spotlight since the MTV Video Music Awards debacle with Taylor Swift and subsequent skewering on Saturday Night Live, Kanye West is back – and so is his ego.
The Grammy-winning rapper took to his blog Monday to announce that he's returned to the recording studio and vowed to "bring you the best I have to offer with the same dedication that Kobe [Bryant] has on the court."
"It's funny how so many rappers get worse as their careers stretch out, but true poets get better," he writes, saying he'll follow in the footsteps of poet Maya Angelou, spoken word soul performer Gil Scott-Heron (whose name West misspells) and jazz musician/civil rights activist Nina Simone.
"Their work improved with time," West writes. "They documented what was happening in culture. That is our responsibility as the modern day artists and poets, to accurately represent what is happening now, so when the powers that be try to rewrite history you can always look at our works and find truth and sincerity in a world of processed information."
Taking a swipe at the media, West urged people to "soak in positive forces" and "look past the headlines and deal with just a bit of reality in this new decade."
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