Turns out, Elon Musk and us common, non-millionaire tech CEO-types have something in common. At a panel at SXSW this past weekend, the SpaceX mastermind was prompted about who he gets inspired by, and without a missing beat he replied “Well Kanye West, obviously.” See his comment below.
While the line was delivered with near-perfect deadpan sarcasm, Musk’s response appears to be sincere, having penned a 2015 blurb about Kanye West for TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People:
“Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.
In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): “We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.” But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.”
That wasn’t all Musk got up to at SXSW. He made a surprise appearance at HBO’s Westworld panel, where he and show-creator Jonathan Nolan unveiled a special trailer documenting the launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket. It was, naturally, soundtracked by David Bowie. Watch it below.
In other music news, Drake gave a speech saying that he’s making his new album for Toronto. See what he had to say about the ‘More Life’ follow-up here.
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