Kanye West has made some pretty outlandish claims in his career - from being 'a God' to being 'the biggest rock star in the world' - but now he's really upped the ante with reports suggesting that he believes he is somewhat of a successor to the late David Bowie.

Kanye WestIs Kanye West the second coming of David Bowie?

According to reports in the Daily Star, West is planning to do a David Bowie tribute album featuring both covers and original pieces with a Bowie twist (either that or Bowie originals with a Kanye twist). Among those covers have been listed 'Changes', 'Heroes' and 'Rebel, Rebel'.

'Some are straightforward cover versions with Kanye actually singing', a source told the Star, undoubtedly causing many readers to wince - whilst he's arguably a rap genius, the same hasn't always been said for his singing. 'On others he is rapping with his own lyrics over Bowie's music.'

Reports also suggest that he believes himself to be the rightful air to the throne of Bowie. 'He is determined to carry on David's work as a musical innovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him', the source revealed.

More: Read our review of 'Blackstar'

Could West be taking recent 'Blackstar' conspiracies seriously? Threads on Reddit have unveiled some startling coincidences, such as the 1972 album cover for 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars' featuring Bowie standing under a sign reading 'K. West'. Also, the album talks about Earth having just 'Five Years' left unless a 'Starman' can come down and save it. Almost five years to the day of the album's release, West was born. And he subsequently became a huge 'star'. And not just a star, but a 'Black Star'. 

Then there's parallels like the third track from 'Blackstar' is biblically entitled 'Lazarus', while the third track from West's Jesus-inspired 'Yeezus' is entitled 'I Am a God'. Mind blown.

Of course, Kanye West is still promoting the upcoming release of his latest album 'SWISH', out February 11th 2016, so we'll probably have a while to wait before any sort of Bowie record is confirmed. While many readers will be outraged that West could be thinking of continuing such a legacy, it has to be said that that the guy has talent - whether or not it was prophecised by Bowie remains to be seen, but his craftsmanship when it comes to sampling selection and techniques can't be denied.