I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
Sometimes when I see a bad performance and people still clap... I wonder if they're clapping because they liked what they saw or because they're happy it's over?
Everything in the world is exactly the same.
I think America just needs to get real when it comes to the way our kids speak and communicate. They need to understand what happens in rap.
I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that's living or breathing is number two.
I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.
I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they're looting, if you see a white family it says they're looking for food.
I want to be remembered for making great music and doing great things for people.
I wanna make uniforms for my high school basketball team through brand Yeezy.
I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing. I think the world can be saved through design, because what is the most distasteful thing someone can do? Kill someone. So, good taste is the opposite of that.
This dope money here is Lil Treys scholarship
Cause aint no to tuition for havin no ambition
And aint no loans for sittin your ass at home.
I didn't play the cards I was dealt. I changed the cards.
Cause I want to be on 106 and Park pushing a benz.
All this role model bullshit; you don't have any extra responsibilities because you made some good songs! Your only responsibility is to make good songs.
Creative output, you know, is just pain. I'm going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.
Man, I'm the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.
I'm the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.
I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well.
I was wearing like, a Juicy Couture men's polo shirt. We weren't there, like, ready for war.
I wanna tell the whole world about a friend of mine This little light of mine, I'm feelin' let it shine I'm feelin' take y'all back to them better times I'm feelin' talk about my mama if y'all don't mind.
I got a long road ahead of me to make people believe i'm not actually a huge douche.
I am a God, so hurry up with my damn massage; in a French-ass restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissants.
They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, video tapes, but if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh?
I specifically ordered Persian rugs with cherub imagery! What do I have to do to get a simple Persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh.
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack. And a white man get paid off of all of that.
Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn't perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
Love is cursed by monogamy.
I ain't here to argue about his facial features. Or here to convert atheists into believers. I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way yall need Jesus.
Here's something that's contrary to popular belief: I actually don't like thinking. I think people think I like to think a lot. And I don't. I do not like to think at all.
I'm on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.
I guess every superhero need his theme music.
No one man should have all that power.
I get to represent somebody I don't think is getting represented right now. The regular dude: the guy who believes in God but still likes pussy.
For me, money is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success.
I'm putting my life at risk, literally! And if I slipped... You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.
I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a ‘one size fits all' standard for happiness.
I'm not comfortable with comfort. I'm only comfortable when I'm in a place where I'm constantly learning and growing.
I can sleep. I love sleep; it's my favorite.
They classify my motivational speeches as rants.
One of my biggest Achilles' heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there's hope for everyone.
I will spark a generation of thinkers who will question traditional thought until they find the absolute truth.
I'm a heaven sent instrument. My rhythmatic regimen navigates melodic notes for your soul and your mental. That's why I'm instrumental, vibrations is what I'm into.
I'm a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold's for fried chicken. It's all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything.
I'm a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold's for fried chicken. It's all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything. There's certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, I'ma go get that. Like, on Christmas I don't want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I don't want my credit to look black.
Constantly bringing up the past keeps you stuck there.
All I need is the breakthrough. The joint-venture for my clothing. Same as Stella McCartney has.
I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.
Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed.
Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books ... I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.
Hate and love are very similar emotions. The opposite of love is you don't care.
I am not a fan of books.
If I don't win, the award show loses credibility.
I feel like it's almost a Renaissance thing, a painting, a modern version of a painting. I think it's important for Kim Kardashian to have her figure. To not show it would be like Adele not singing.
Fashion is merely an opinion. And I've got a lot of opinions.
It's not 'can'; it's 'will.' You have to will things into fruition.
But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.
Do you think there'd be a Givenchy in the hood if it wasn't for that South Park photo?
The dinosaurs aren't remembered for much more than their bones. When humanity's gone, what do we give to this little planet that we're on, and what could we do collectively, removing the pride?
Do I worry about being in the public eye and raising kids? Yeah. Any situation you're in, you're gonna worry about raising kids. But it's champagne problems, too. There are people who can't feed their kids.
They say, he must had an angel, cuss look how death missed his ass. Unbreakable, what you thought they'd call me Mr. Glass?
The plan was to drink until the pain is over, But what's worse, the pain or the hangover?
In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts. You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?
I just want people to be the best thems and live the happiest lives possible.
I told God I'd be back in a second. Man it's so hard not to act reckless.
I'm really happy I'm me because if I wasn't I'd be scared. If you want that Number One spot you need to listen to my album and try to beat it.
I used to have insecurity about my finances, then I announced that I had debt, and now I don't have any insecurities.
The amount of people who talk about guns, versus who actually uses them, is not even close in this millennium.
Keep rockin', and keep knockin' Whether you Louis Vuitton it up or Reebokin' You see the hate, that they're servin' on a platter So what we gon' have, dessert or disaster?
It was a strike against me that I didn't wear baggy jeans and jerseys and that I never hustled, never sold drugs.
We gonna touch the sky.
Well, I just don't want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby.
Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It's so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference.
Every time I crash the Internet, it's like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting all of the rest of the time?
I don't know what's better: getting laid or getting paid.
I just know when I'm getting one, the other's getting away.
I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.
Taste and style is beyond clothes. It's in food; it's in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food-they're all part of the same thing.
You're not perfect, but you're not your mistakes.
I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish.
I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it.
You've got to be really dialed into exactly who you are to the one hundredth power or you're just everyone else.
When I was in fourth grade I was drawing Jordans when my mama couldn't afford them.
It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is.
This one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration ... I'm a minimalist in a rapper's body.
If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic.
Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe.
I am a pop artist, so my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas.
My Caps Lock Key Is Loud!
I'm gonna sit here on this runway until I'm at the end of it. Because that's that thing that people slave over. That's that thing that people are slaves to. That's that thing that I'm a slave to.
I feel that I'm very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility.
George Bush doesn't care about black people.
Though it's thousands of miles away
Sierra Leone connect to what we go through today
Over here, its a drug trade, we die from drugs
Over there, they die from what we buy from drugs.
Great art comes from great artists. There's a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn't have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.
Thirty-three-years-old, still creating art. It's rage, it's creativity, it's pain, it's hurt, but it's the opportunity to still have my voice get out there through music.
I've known my mom since I was zero years old. She is quite dope.
If you admire somebody, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.
I hope we don't see no paparazzi today. Because I'm still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, 'That's not my statement!'
For me to say I wasn't a genius I'd just be lying to you and to myself.
I make music as good as possible, but I do reference cultural icons, because I want my music to be a time capsule of 2007.
To be a visionary, all you have to do is make decisions based off of your eyes instead of your ears and your memory.
I make all my own decisions and I take full responsibility.
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.
We all self-conscious. I'm just the first to admit it.
People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She's only doing good if your daughter's doing good. We're all one family.
Know your worth! People always act like they're doing more for you than you're doing for them.
I'm talkin' about us, the new slaves, the people who love fashion. I'm talking about us, you know? 'Cause I'm a slave to it. I love it.
They say your attitude determines your latitude.
I would rather sit in a factory than sit in a Maybach.
If y'all fresh to death, then I'm deceased.
I can't be a slave to the machine, you feel like you're in the matrix.
What if you're Gaudi and you know you're the best architect and everyone is saying that you're saying you're the best architect the wrong way?
My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.
My message isn't perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
If you don't make Christmas presents, meaning making something that's so emotionally connected to people, don't talk to me.
Everyone's always telling you to be humble. When was the last time someone told you to be great?
The dinosaurs are remembered only by their bones. What will we be remembered for with humanity?
Cause we they leaders, and they the followers
And we the nut-busters and they the swallowers
Racism is still alive they just be concealing it.
Society and public opinion can beat the wings off of angels.
It's crazy that we live in a world where if your super positive and super creative...it's scary. Because what does that tell you about the mentality of most people if your scared of like...positivity.
Nike told me, 'We can't give you royalties because you're not a professional athlete.' I told them 'I'll go to the Garden and play one-on-no-one.' I'm a performance athlete!
When I think of competition it's like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids.
Success is the best revenge.
I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.
You have to be able to swim in backlash.
The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.
Don't Ever fix your lips like collagen
And say something when you gon' end up apologing.
We came into a broken world. And we're the cleanup crew.
Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet.
I told y'all I didn't vote, right? But if I would've voted, I would've voted for Trump.
The longer your gevity is, the more confidence you build.
Me and my girl split the buffet at KFC.
There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture.
I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.
I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers.
I dislike the concept of 'chic' being the highest compliment for a human being. I'd rather someone be nice than to be chic.
We're a blip in the existence of the universe, and we're constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other.
I miss the old Kanye, straight from the 'Go Kanye, Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye, I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye, The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye.
People always tell you, 'Be humble. Be humble.' When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!
Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them. Sometimes it takes a little polishing to truly shine.
People in this world shun people for being great, for being a bright color, for standing out. But the time is now, to be OK with being the greatest you.
Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there's no criticism. That means you're too safe.
If you ask me a question like what is your greatest accomplishment, it should be what I'm about to do.
You basically can say anything to someone on an email or text as long as you put LOL at the end.
Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermes factory. Sh*t is real. You're not going to find a chink. It's 100,000 per cent Jimi Hendrix.
For me giving up is way harder than trying.
I love Kim Kardashian nude selfies. Like, I love the ones from the side, the back ones, and the front. I just love seeing her naked.
Everyone's born confident, and everything's taken away from you.
'What you doing in the club on a Thursday?'
She say she only here for her girl birthday...
They ordered champagne but still look thirsty,
Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30.
Believe in your flyness... conquer your shyness.
I think my sense of humor is really dark and super twisted and stuff like that. It's like, "Is this a funny joke for real? Or am I just rich?" See? That was funny.
Never do coke with an intern ... they may not be 21.
My doorman is more important to me than any head of any company. He keeps us safe.
I don't like to say something's weird when it's innovative and fresh.
I don't use blue. I don't like it. It bugs me out. I hate it.
Just know that if you want to be a boxer you're going to get your face beaten constantly but then you may end up being a Mayweather or an Ali at the end of the day.
Art is to be free. Design is to fix.
Our focus needs to be less on what our legacy's going to be or how we can control each other and more how we can give to each other.
My favorite body part of Kim's: heart.
You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?
I'm giving all that I have in this life. I'm opening up my notebook, and I'm saying everything in there out loud.
A lot of artists have a lot of different ventures, I think it's typical for a hip hop artist, at this point, to have a bunch of different ventures.
I'm not a corny-ass booty freak! I'm the greatest musician of all-time.
My parents taught me that AIDS was a man-made disease designed to get rid of the undesirable people.
What I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people's advice. There's a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.
Being fresh is more important than having money.
Taking 1,000 meetings attempting to get backing to do clothing.
I just think that when my confidence meets other people's insecurity, that equals Kanye's arrogant.
I would like to thank Julius Caesar for originating my hairstyle.
I wanna explain something about the title 'Yeezus,' simply put 'West' was my slave name and 'Yeezus' is my God name.
You drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, 'Who's more free?' You could be trapped to your possessions.
I'm never at my worst because even at my lowest, its a learning experience. It's something that I'll bounce ideas off. I can take negatives and flip them to positives at all times.
Nothing in life is promised except death.
I'm a mix of a 14-year-old high schooler and a 60-year-old guy. It can never fall into the 30s or the 40s. It has to be 100 percent 60 or 100 percent 14, no in between.
When someone comes up and says something like, 'I am a god,' everybody says 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you. That's who I think I am.
If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure.
Wait 'till I get my money right.
My attitude is tattooed that means it's permanent.
You don't have to be scared of me, because I am loyal. Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.
What happens if a drone falls right next to her?
The dinosaurs are remember only by their bones. What will we be remembered for with humanity?
I'm a let you finish, but the French Revolution had the best severed heads of ALL TIME.
I love sleep; it's my favorite.
I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we've seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka... and welcome to my chocolate factory.
I don't think people are going to talk in the future. They're going to communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, signs.
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?
I had a dream I can buy my way to heaven.
I live and breathe every element in life.
It's a tough world out there. You're going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees -- and usually when you're the absolute best, you get hated on the most.
I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.
It don't gotta be Mother's Day, or your birthday, for me to just call and say Hey Mama.
I've reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting.
I'm here to fight for the re-education of what celebrity is: to say, 'Yes, we are celebrities, but yes, we're also innovators. We're also inventors. We're also thoughtful.'
I don't care what people think, because people don't think.
I hate when I'm on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.
People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.
My favorite record label of all time is Motown. That era of music was my favorite.
I'm the rap version of Dave Chappelle. I'm not sayin' I'm nearly as talented as Chappelle when it comes to political and social commentary, but like him, I'm laughing to keep from crying.
An artist's career doesn't happen in the cycle of one week of news. An artist's career happens in a lifetime, and if you're a true artist you're willing to die for what you believe in.
I'm not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I'm going to say how I feel.
I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever.
Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side.
I know I got angels watchin me from the other side.
If you're a Kanye West fan, you're not a fan of me, you're a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I'm just the espresso.
If you're taught you can't do anything you won't do anything, I was taught I could do everything.