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.
I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well.
They classify my motivational speeches as rants.
Well, I just don't want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby.
I can sleep. I love sleep; it's my favorite.
My favorite body part of Kim's: heart.
Me and my girl split the buffet at KFC.
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.
I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.
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.
I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers.
If you don't make Christmas presents, meaning making something that's so emotionally connected to people, don't talk to me.
I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
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.
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 know I've been called the Louis Vuitton Don ... I've been called a lot of names ... Due to what happened, so severely, when the red shoes hit the runway, I was forced to change my name to Martin Louis Vuitton the King, Jr. Address me as such.
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.
Having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success because there's always something more expensive to buy. Success is really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.
You basically can say anything to someone on an email or text as long as you put LOL at the end.
If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic.
Okay, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it'll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that's when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.
I think God has me on a path. I think he puts certain people in my life, and angels send messages to me, like, Kanye, I want you to say this, and I want you to say that, and I want you to talk to this girl here, and I don't want you to do this over here.
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.
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.
Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I'm nothing if I can't be me. If I can't be true to myself, they don't mean anything.
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.
They say, he must had an angel, cuss look how death missed his ass. Unbreakable, what you thought they'd call me Mr. Glass?
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.
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack. And a white man get paid off of all of that.
You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?
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'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.
My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.
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 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 got a long road ahead of me to make people believe i'm not actually a huge douche.
I was wearing like, a Juicy Couture men's polo shirt. We weren't there, like, ready for war.
They say your attitude determines your latitude.
I would like to thank Julius Caesar for originating my hairstyle.
I don't like to say something's weird when it's innovative and fresh.
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.'
It was a strike against me that I didn't wear baggy jeans and jerseys and that I never hustled, never sold drugs.
This one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration ... I'm a minimalist in a rapper's body.
So few hip-hop artists have ever advanced. Their songs on their seventh, eighth albums sound exactly like the songs on their first album. More than an artist, I'm a real person-and real people grow. And I wanna just sing my growth.
Love is cursed by monogamy.
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.
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?
My favorite record label of all time is Motown. That era of music was my favorite.
I'm not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I'm going to say how I feel.
There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture.
I'm the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.
All I need is the breakthrough. The joint-venture for my clothing. Same as Stella McCartney has.
My attitude is tattooed that means it's permanent.
The amount of people who talk about guns, versus who actually uses them, is not even close in this millennium.
My parents taught me that AIDS was a man-made disease designed to get rid of the undesirable people.
I've reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting.
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 could never be in a situation with a job where I was not allowed to listen to music all day. I would rather work at a fast food restaurant where I could turn on the radio all day rather than be in a situation where I have to sneak and listen to music.
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.
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?
What happens if a drone falls right next to her?
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.
For me, money is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success.
We came into a broken world. And we're the cleanup crew.
I don't use blue. I don't like it. It bugs me out. I hate it.
I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.
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.
I've known my mom since I was zero years old. She is quite dope.
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?
Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe.
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.
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!
The plan was to drink until the pain is over, But what's worse, the pain or the hangover?
I just think that when my confidence meets other people's insecurity, that equals Kanye's arrogant.
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 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.
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.
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 am a God, so hurry up with my damn massage; in a French-ass restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissants.
If you're taught you can't do anything you won't do anything, I was taught I could do everything.
I guess every superhero need his theme music.
I make all my own decisions and I take full responsibility.
My Caps Lock Key Is Loud!
Wait 'till I get my money right.
You're not perfect, but you're not your mistakes.
Everything in the world is exactly the same.