Kanye West claims Lakers legend Kobe Bryant inspired him

Kobe Bryant
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In his recent interview with Will Welch of GQ, rapper Kanye West talked about how important the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was for him on a personal level:

“This is a game-changer for me. He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts! We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together.

And now it’s like, yeah, I might have had a reputation for screaming about things – but I’m not taking any mess for an answer now. We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity. We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies,” Kanye said.