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West: 'I'm The New King of Pop'

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Jul 31, 2009 | 4:27am EDT

Hip-hop star Kanye West has decided he is the right man to take Michael Jackson's crown -- declaring himself "the new King of Pop."

The "Stronger" hitmaker is convinced that he is just as popular as the late "Thriller" singer and deserves to take on the title of music biggest star now that Jackson has passed away.

He tells Scrape TV, "You know everyone loves and respects Michael but times change. It's so sad to see Michael gone but it makes a path for a new King of Pop and I'm willing to take that on. There's nobody who can match me in sales and in respect, so it only makes sense for me to take over Michael's crown and become the new King.

"First there was Elvis, then there was Michael, now in the 21st century it's Kanye's time to rule. I am the new King of Pop."

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