kanye west, nelson mandela, kim kardashian, yeezus

If one thing is true of Kanye West, it’s that the man knows how to command an audience. Whether he’s giving it his all on stage or simply launching into yet another tirade about what makes him such an integral part of our cultural history, Kanye’s a never-ending source of delightful sound bites that keep him one of the most polarizing, and eminently loathsome, rappers in the game.

However, despite his lengthy history of putting his foot squarely in his mouth and refusing to remove it,  reports that Kanye had compared himself to late political icon Nelson Mandela — supposedly saying “I am the next Nelson Mandela”– turn out to be false. They are from a satirical article posted by The Daily Currant. The rapper defended himself against the claims, saying that not even he would stoop that low. Still, the fact that people didn’t necessarily pick up on the satire isn’t only because we need to improve adult literacy (and that public awareness of the Currant isn’t quite up there with The Onion‘s). It’s also due to the rapper’s history of saying totally ridiculous things, which made the Mandela comparison hardly seem out of line for the boastful star.

See for yourself if you can pick out Kanye’s actual quotes from the fake ones we’ve mixed into our Kanye quiz below:

1. “Until the day I get struck by lightning/I am a god.”

2. “There was rap before me, but before me, rap wasn’t art.”

3. “I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”

4. “Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on.”

5. “I could take Jay Z in a fight. I wouldn’t fight him, but if I did, I would win.”

6. “Twitter should be paying me. Who knew about Twitter before I was on it?”

7. “Classical music is tight yo.”

8. “I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.”

9. “How are you going to talk about art in the 21st century and not talk about Kim Kardashian? Like back when Rubens was painting thick girls or Da Vinci was painting Mary, everybody from our time is gonna be drawing chicks that look like Kim.”

10. “I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”

1 – real, 2 – fake, 3 – real, 4 — real, 5 — fake,  6 — fake,  7 — real, 8 — real, 9 — fake, 10 — real

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