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Kanye West serves up Kanye West realness in civil-suit deposition

'I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever ... dealt with,' Kanye West says in a deposition
Kanye West deposition reveals absolutely no self-esteem issues
Kanye West, like Justin Bieber before him, turns a deposition into a performance

Where Kanye West goes, narcissism is never far behind: Witness his words from a recent deposition.

"I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever ... dealt with," West said in a deposition, according to a legal transcript obtained by TMZ. "I'm not Britney Spears."

Indeed. The pop princess actually wound up on an involuntary psychiatric hold after a 2008 deposition for her custody battle with Kevin Federline. It's unclear if West was referring to that incident or if he was just trotting out Spears' name as a symbol of stupidity; either way, it was kinda mean to ol' Brit-Brit.

West was deposed in connection with civil suit filed by Danny Ramos, the photographer he tangled with outside Los Angeles International Airport in September. In March, a no-contest plea to battery got Mr. Kardashian two years' probation, 24 anger-management sessions and 250 hours of community service in the criminal case, but Ramos has been determined to have his day in court

The depo got a bit personal.

"I'm in the business of trying to make dope [stuff] for the world," West told attorney Nate Goldberg. "You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."

He also lectured the attorney about the impropriety of using the N-word without specific permission while being a white person -- even if the word was used as Goldberg quoted lyrics from a West tune that rails against paparazzi.

Celebrities? They're a "group of minorities here in L.A.," Yeezy said, who have to band together in the fight against aggressive photographers. 

In this incident, West seems to have taken that "fight" notion rather literally.

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