Also his new album is ridiculously good. (On Kanye)

Does anyone else think Kanye West has his sights set on the wrong rock icon, in his arguable fascination with Michael Jackson? In the era of online distribution and niche marketing, neither Kanye nor anybody else is ever likely to be the new King of Pop—but as a certified hit-maker now entering a sumptuously weird, contentiously independent late period, he could already be the Prince of his generation.

Hell, he’s even worked out how to use his vocoder to chop & screw himself a pretty fair guitar solo: