kanye & carson

*Egomaniacal rapper Kanye West is known for being generous with compliments—on himself.

A few years ago, he announced to the world that he was changing his name to “Yeezus.” This decision was most likely made without the consent of the man “up there.”

In any event, during a recent interview with Vanity Fair, West uncharacteristically heaped praise on someone other than himself: Republican front runner and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Apparently, West has a giant man crush on Dr. Carson, so much so that he spent three weeks trying to reach Carson over the telephone, he said. Perhaps West was calling to bum a few pointers for his presidential campaign in 2020, an announcement he made last month during his VMA’s acceptance speech.

“I want everyone to win. When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” West said during the interview. “I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.

“ As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy.”

Although West seems hyped about Carson possibly becoming America’s second Black president in under a decade, the feeling isn’t mutual, reports TMZ. Surrounded by security detail and flashing cameras, Carson was recently caught on camera rushing to enter a black SUV when he was asked about his thoughts of West’s political aspirations.

“Kanye’s good at selling shoes, but not for president,” Carson said quickly.

Ouch! Looks like Kanye will have to look for a new mentor

Check out how Ben hedges: