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Kanye West and fiancee Alexis Phifer was seen sharing a toast over dinner this weekend. It was announced today that “Graduation” beat out 50’s “Curtis” for the number one spot on the UK charts.

Kanye recently dropped “How To Make A Classic Record 101” on the Herald Sun:

“If you’ve got 16 lines of verse, you need to have every line mean something and have impact. I’ve stepped it up to a whole new poetry level of insight and philosophy.

“I have just enough clever lines, spirituality, curse words for my rhymes to go down smooth. Lyrically, I’m at a whole ‘nother level. It’s a situation where I’m not competing with other hip-hop artists any more. I’m more of a ambassador for hip-hop.”

Ambassador West says hip-hop should be about more than a swagger, baggy jeans and spruiking soft drink.

“A lot of hip-hop artists don’t have the ability to make classic songs because they spend most of their time rapping about themselves rather than what people really care about,” West says.“My songs are songs. They are songs to help in life, to inspire. Let me speak in the third person for a second — a Kanye West album is like a brand, like Louis Vuitton, or Nike, or the latest Jordans. You buy a pair of Jordans, take them to school and everybody goes, `Wow’. Second pair, incredible. Third pair, you don’t even have to say it. It’s like me. People just know. It’s a Kanye West.”

The numbers don’t lie. We’ll let him feel himself this week..

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