I'm talking about the inventor.

from Kanye West – Barclays Visionary Stream of Consciousness Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nikola Tesla is an interesting character for Kanye to compare himself to. He was famous in his time and made a ton of money though, like Kanye, he also spent prolifically on his own experiments

He had great successes and equally huge failure, and fell into obscurity for decades after his death. His popularity has made a comeback in recent decades

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