Kanye West leaves the Valentino Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2012/2013 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 4, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images)

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,”┬áthe 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.