Kanye West opened up about the loss of his close friend Kobe Bryant as part of a wide-ranging new interview.

The “Jesus Is King” singer told GQ that basketball legend’s death had a huge impact on his life, calling Kobe one of his “best friends.”

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Kanye also said that he felt a kinship with Kobe as they had grown up together, and his death would certainly continue to impact Kanye’s life.

“We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity,” Kanye said of his determination to honor his late friend. “We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies.”

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