“I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.”
“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.’”
“I’m like, the anti-celebrity, and my music comes from a place of being anti.”
“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.”
“Anytime I’ve had a big thing that’s ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice.”
“I was on the junior [basketball] team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach[...]I’m letting it out on everybody who doesn’t want to give me my credit.”
“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.”
“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 think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. 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.”
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Kanye West, if nothing else, is infamous for his outspoken nature.
Whether it’s crashing Taylor Swift’s Video Music Awards speech or clashing on live TV with The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer, the guy knows how to create a viral media moment.
His latest interview with the New York Times is no exception. In a lengthy profile entitled “Behind Kanye’s Mask,” the unapologetically cocky hip-hop star unloads on his critics, defends his antics and pontificates on his unique place in pop culture history.
It has to be read to be believed, but if you don’t have the time we’ve distilled the most memorable (and some would say craziest) quotes from the Yeezus artist.