Kayne West Calls Himself 'Voice of This Generation
Posted on Fri Nov 14, 2008 01:09 PM PDT

Kanye West WestVoice200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - In a new interview, Kanye West calls himself "the voice of this generation."

"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice ... It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan," the Grammy-Award winning singer said.

But while he congratulated himself, he seemingly insulted Justin Timberlake by saying the former *Nsync frontman had a chance at being "the voice" but that he missed his chance:

"There were people who had the potential to do it but they went on vacation, so when Justin went on vacation I made albums, " West said. " And it just came out to be that."

West also spoke about his late mother, Donda who died from complications following plastic surgery.

"I'm just going through balancing that. And I always used to have that support system, you know. My mom would be there; no matter what, she was there before everything. We were together for like 30 years. And you know now when I'm on that stage and I look out and I say, 'What am I going to do with the rest of my life?' Like when does a real life start?' Because I have sacrificed real life to be a celebrity and to give this art to people, which is great. It is great that I was able to do that, I'm not trying to shun that in any way, but it's definitely a Catch-22 and it's bittersweet," said West.