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11 Times Kanye West Proved His Obsession With Michael Jackson

Think Yeezy loves no one more than Yeezy? This list is proof he idolizes The Gloved One.

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1. "Slow Jamz," The College Dropout


As early as his debut album in 2004, Kanye didn't waste any time name-dropping MJ in his witty lyrics. "She got a light-skinned friend looks like Michael Jackson... Got a dark-skinned friend looks like Michael Jackson." Wait... Oh, that's right, Jacko did have two totally different faces. Gotcha, 'Ye!

2. "Through the Wire," The College Dropout


And he does it AGAIN on his debut LP, this time making fun of his near-fatal 2002 car accident. "There's been an accident like Geico... They thought I was burned up like Pepsi did Michael." Love how Kanye relates MJ's pain with his own. Aww. *vomit*

3. "Hey Mama," Late Registration


Even in a loving homage to his mom Donda West, Yeezy sneaks in a nostalgic mention of his idol. "And you would give anything in this world... Michael Jackson leather and a glove, but didn't give me a curl." Kanye did eventually get the curl, though. Keep reading.

4. "Knock You Down," Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West


Now this one is good. Kanye even throws in a mention of MJ's brutal father. "This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson... Now I'm mad, real mad, Joe Jackson." The deliver was choppy, but we see the love, 'Ye.

5. "Good Life," Graduation


This chart-busting collaboration with rapper T-Pain shamelessly sampled a huge keyboard riff of Michael Jackson's 1983 song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." But don't worry, he gets back to big MJ mentions, seemingly on steroids.

6. "Gold Digger," Late Registration


This is one of Yeezy's wittiest MJ lyrics to date. "She was supposed to buy your shorty Tyco with your money... She went to the doctor, got Lipo with your money... She walk around looking like Michael with your money..." Translation: Dude, your baby mama is using your child support checks for her plastic surgery.

8. "I Am A God," Yeezus


And by now, of course, Kanye is starting to feel like he's MJ. "As soon as they like you, you make 'em unlike you... 'Cause kissing people's ass is so unlike you... The only rapper compared to Michael." Uhh, Kanye, you're a long way from... never mind.

9. "Zane Lowe Interview," BBC Radio

Via BBC Radio

In this interview watched around the world, Kanye just goes totally transparent about his idolization for MJ. "This is what frustration sounds like. For me, as Kanye West, I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson..." Aha, confession!

11. Halloween, 2011, New York City


This is where the obsession just got plain weird. On October, 31, 2011, according to VIBE magazine, Yeezy's good friend Virgil Abloh tweeted this message: "Just walked through Union Square with a good 10k people and no one notices Kanye/Michael Jackson. At all."

Oh, people noticed, Virgil. They were just too freaked out to say anything!

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