By Greg Street

If last night’s Kanye West concert at Philips Arena was the movie Greg Street described it to be, then today was a riveting peek into the 21-time Grammy Award-winning “actor’s,” studio.

The scene: Actually, the V-103 studio.

The character: None other than Atlanta’s own Kanye Omari West. Or the future “[Barack] Obama of clothing!” “The [Michael] Jordan of this!” “Steve [Jobs] of culture!” “A trillionaire in relevancy!”

And that was just what the superstar hip-hop mogul declared himself to be in the course of his 30 minute-plus interview with Street.

(And yes, he is a native; and as he sheepishly pointed out on stage Sunday, this is where his onetime Clark Atlanta University professor dad courted his late mother, then a student).

The script: As scattered and at the same time as riveting as one has come to expect from witnessing West in front of an open mic during his decade-long career. (See The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards before Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech – which West was still apparently reflecting on years later).

“Y’all need to realize just for half a second what y’all dealing with in this lifetime when y’all dealing with me,” West insisted. “I’m gon’ turn up in any situation I get in. Any situation I get in I’ma make it better. I’ma make it doper.

“And it ain’t about me; I’ll put myself at risk for it. The times I’ve most got in trouble I was jumping at the aid of someone else…Everybody think I’m so narcissistic. I’m not narcissistic. I’m just [turned up] mentally and creatively; and I can help!”

The bonus material: A surprise appearance and freestyle from Cyhi The Prynce (of West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint); one of a whole section of artists in attendance for the Atlanta show, including Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chainz, Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow, Monica and Keri Hilson.

– Sonia Murray, CBS Local

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