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Grammy-winner and rapper-producer Kanye West has humbly dubbed himself "the voice of this generation," and also managed to simultaneously slam Justin Timberlake in the process.

"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice," he told the Associated Press. "It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan."

But the album-making-machine acknowledged that there were other artists, like Justin Timberlake, who were in the running to go down as music's top dog of the generation, but couldn't pull it off. "There were people who had the potential to do it but they went on vacation, so when Justin went on vacation I made albums," said Kanye who released a CD last year and will be releasing his latest "808s and Heartbreak" on November 24th. 

Do you think the oh-so-humble Kanye is really the "voice of this generation?"

Update: Kanye West was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo  outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, northern England, according to the Associated Press.