Kanye West needs to clear the air.
Since the Grammy-winning rapper, 34, was snapped out and about in NYC two weekends ago with Kim Kardashian, much has been said about his relationship with the reality star, 31.
"…of course there are a lot of media inaccuracies surrounding this past couple of weeks, especially the 'She's my Beyonce' quote. I would never compare anyone to my friend's wife," West tells Us Weekly exclusively.
(After a source told Us that the rapper "thinks [Kim] is his Beyonce," a subsequent Saturday Night Live sketch April 14 riffed off that quote, putting the words directly in West's mouth.)
"Come on now, that doesn't even sound like me," says West, who is a longtime pal and collaborator of Beyonce's husband Jay-Z. "If I don't say something in a rap or on Twitter, it's not true," the "Otis" rapper tells Us.
West and Kardashian were photographed together in NYC April 5 — where they grabbed lunch at Serafina's, shopped at FAO Schwarz and luxe department store Jeffrey's, among other excursions.
The rapper seemed to reference Kardashian in his new song "Way Too Cold," (originally entitled "Theraflu"). Rapping about ex-girlfriend Amber Rose's relationship with fiance Wiz Khalifa, West says, "I fell in love with Kim around the same time she fell in love with him."
Indeed, a pal tells Us that West "has been genuinely head over heels for [Kim] for a while."