Quotes from this article need to be preserved for the court of human failure. All are quotes from Kanye West.
You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, “This is wrong.”
on those racist fucking grammys:
I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person. But the thing is, I don’t care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate.
i wish i could know A. what JT said in response and B. that JT was funny enough to have said “yes”, to the following:
I remember when both Gnarls Barkley and Justin [Timberlake] lost for Album of the Year, and I looked at Justin, and I was like: “Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know, do you want me to fight”
BECAUSE THAT WORKED SO WELL BEFORE.
I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things…. [that instinct has] only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
it’s unfortunate that he may change things, not for these reasons, but because he’s simply the loudest.
Yeah. I love the fact that I’m bad at [things], you know what I’m saying? I’m forever the 35-year-old 5-year-old. I’m forever the 5-year-old of something.
terrible at things like writing lyrics, rapping, etc. go back to just producing. and shutting up.
I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists.
kanye west? cliche? no way.
I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz”] I was going to be a big star.
I mean, I am my father’s son. I’m my mother’s child. That’s how I was raised. I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis — you know, that liked nice things also.
i’m pretty sure, biologically, that’s true of most people. and no, you cannot compare yourself to gil scott-heron and/or miles davis.
Architecture — you know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration…. I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately…. Like I say, I’m a minimalist in a rapper’s body. It’s cool to bring all those vibes and then eventually come back to Rick [Rubin], because I would always think about Def Jam.
please just name your kid North West, girl or boy, it doesn’t matter. this line of thinking really needs to push the universe into more absurd territory.
Yeah, kill self. That’s all I have to say. Kill self. … I feel like I don’t want to be inside anymore. Like, I uninvited myself.
nobody’s stopping you.
The longer your ‘gevity is, the more confidence you build. The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. But I’ve put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn’t put themselves in. Like what’s vanity about wearing a kilt?
the scottish don’t speak in the third person, typically. that’s one distinction.
I’ve had meetings where a guy actually told me, “What we’re trying to figure out is how we can control you.” In the meeting, to me! Why do you want to control me? Like, I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness! Why would you want to control that?
i want to meet that guy and give him a blowjob and tell him america thanks you.
i can’t copy and paste the last three paragraphs of the article, because i think it’ll break my computer. so you’ll have to go to the article and scroll all the way down. it’s not worth it.