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CANNES, France—Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms.
For Jobs, that meant battling the evil mediocrity of Microsoft and producing beautiful tech products that, in his view, raised humanity to a higher level.