When it comes to his standing in the rap world, Kanye West couldn't help but sound off.
The Watch the Throne rapper called into New York's Hot 97 radio station Tuesday night to dispute his No. 7 ranking on MTV's "Hottest MCs" list, coming in behind artists Big Sean at No. 6 and Drake at No. 5.
And per MTV, unlike his recent outbursts at his European concerts, West kept his cool on this occasion and attributed his lower position to the fact that his new compilation, Cruel Summer, was greeted with tepid reviews at best.
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"I feel like for them to put me at No. 7, they had to bring up things they didn't like, like they didn't like Cruel Summer album. And I'm, like, 'That's a compilation. It's not all rappers on [it]," he said.
Kanye then name-checked all the CD's hits--"Mercy," "Cold," "New God Flow" and "Clique"--as proof of its power, adding, "You can't name five records like that on an album."
While praising Big Sean, Kim Kardashian's beau claimed that the media's been against him these days because he's not playing the part of the clean-cut rapper anymore.
"What happens with these type of things and the people that review it, when I come in and I have the pink polo and the backpack, I'm checking all the boxes of that A Tribe Called Quest era and all that, so they want to champion it," he said. "They don't like Givenchy Kanye. They don't like Kanye in a kilt, they don't like Kanye in a relationship."
The G.O.O.D. Music CEO also asserted that his lyrical diss in "Cold" supposedly aimed at Kardashian's estranged hubby, Kris Humphries, was easily the best bar of the year.
"Ain't no bar of the past 12 months that's hotter than that bar," he said.
Of course, West is referring to the rhyme in which he said he could have had pal Jay-Z, a part owner of the New Jersey Nets, fire the NBA star at will ("Lucky I ain't have Jay drop him from the team").