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The Biggest Egos In The Music Industry

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Kanye West
West claims he’s the voice of his generation. He compares himself to Michael Jordan. He bitches loudly and publicly when he doesn’t win awards. He’s not afraid to use his real name. Whether or not he is his generation’s defining voice, it’s clear that he definitely has its biggest ego.

Me: Kanye has an ego because he’s so short. Little man syndrome. Like those guys in the gym who are midgets but work out sooo much because they think it will make them look ~taller~ … lol I think Kanye’s “ego” is actually a combination of insecurity and being a serious perfectionist.


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Any dude who can meet with world leaders one weekend and then have two 19-year olds sit on his lap the next has a BIG ego. Bono’s life is dedicated to bigness. He sings big anthems, not songs. He’s out to save rock ’n’ roll and the world. He’s not just a rock star; he’s a messiah, at least to himself. And, yes, I’m a little jealous.

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John Lennon
How huge was John Lennon’s ego? He said his band was bigger than Jesus. What more proof do you need? Even Kanye hasn’t gone that far. By the way, this week the Vatican finally forgave Lennon for his 1966 dis. Those guys can hold a grudge.

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Noel and Liam Gallagher
Oasis’ brothers spent most of the ’90s claiming they were the best band in the world and boasting how they saved British rock from ruin. They also spent a lot of time writing songs “inspired” by a lot of other British rock. It takes a big ego to remake Beatles songs and call them your own.

ME: I don’t care that oasis are full of themselves, they make me laugh with the ridiculous things they say.

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Madonna’s ego is so big she believes that she can actually stop time. The Material Girl is on a never-ending quest to be forever twenty-something. Her bionic limbs are the first step toward immortality. Her insistence on pretending to be the teen pop star of the moment is the second step. The third? It probably will have something to do with her next boy toy.

Me: Madonna, act your age. No botox can fix those varicose veins of yours.

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Terence Trent D’Arby
You might not remember this late-’80s nouveau RNB artist. He made a debut album in 1987 that many thought was brilliant, especially him. D’Arby liked it so much he announced that he was going to be bigger than the Beatles. That’s why you don’t remember him. The Beatles saying they’re bigger than Jesus? OK. Emerging R&B star saying he’s bigger than the Beatles? Not OK.

Me: Who this?