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Kanye West recently garnered mixed reactions after openly branding himself a "creative genius" in a number of interviews.
During an appearance on Philadelphia radio station Hot 107.9 on Monday, the "Bound 2" rapper cockily hailed himself a "creative genius" while speaking with co-hosts Shamara and Laiya. West, who has been doing media rounds to promote his "Yeezus" album and tour, has been making headlines for his bizarre rants.
"People get mad at me saying that I am a creative genius, but it's just obvious. It's, like, factual," West told Hot 107.9.
"I would write creative genius when I go through the airport ... I would put that on customs [forms], where you put what your title is, except for two reasons: it takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word genius wrong," he continued.
While haters have had a field day ridiculing West's egotistical rants, fans are urging critics to look beyond the rapper's controversial comments.
"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among many who have weighed in on West's behavior.
Cannon, who describes himself as a "friend" and "fan" of West's, was slightly critical of the rapper, according to GossipCop.com.
"I love @KanyeWest like a brother & been one of his biggest fans & friends since day 1, but Genius is eternal patience," Cannon tweeted on Thanksgiving. "@KanyeWest Real geniuses don't have to tell everyone that they are a genius."
Cannon's candid tweets garnered an overwhelmingly positive response, but West, who has a history of lashing out at critics, remained uncharacteristically silent.
Just one day prior the rapper did speak out on Twitter to thank Simmons, who openly defended him in an open letter.
West has been widely criticized for his recent rants, which include him complaining about not being accepted into the high fashion world. He has also compared his fiancee Kim Kardashian to Marilyn Monroe and even declared their daughter North as being equally as "royal" as Prince George.
"I recently sat down with [Kanye] in New York and got the chance to hear about his hopes and ambitions, his frustrations and contradictions, his happiness and his anger. But through it all, what I felt from Kanye was an artist who desperately wants to leave his imprint in the history books," Simmons wrote in an open letter defending West.
"It is his generation that has this power. He knows it. He feels it. He tastes it. And he so badly wants it like mad," he continued before later adding "It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky."
West later thanked the entrepreneur for coming to his defense.
"Thank you Russel for these kind insightful words, I appreciate your mentorship," West tweeted.