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Kanye's Kraziest Quotes

He's not cocky, he's a 'creative genius'

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    "The voices in my head told me 'Go up,' and then I just walked up halfway up the stage. And what I really wanted to do is just joke around with what had happened before, but I just didn't want to take away from Beck's moment or the time he had to talk." - Interview with Ryan Seacrest, 2015

    LISTEN: Kanye West Speaks Out On His Beck Interruption At The Grammys

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    "It was kind of a joke, like the Grammys themselves... They're like a broke clock. They're right only twice a day." - Ryan Seacrest Interview, 2015

    LISTEN: Kanye West Speaks Out On His Beck Interruption At The Grammys

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    "Taylor Swift came up to me right afterwards. Literally right afterwards! And tells me that I should have went on stage. So this is the irony of my life." - Ryan Seacrest Interview, 2015

    LISTEN: Kanye West Speaks Out On His Beck Interruption At The Grammys

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    "When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling 'cause it just wouldn’t look as cool." - On not smiling, 2015

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    "I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus." - New York Times Interview, 2013

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    "WE ALL GONE DIE ONE DAY" - On-stage rant during his show at the London Hammersmith Apollo, 2013

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    "My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live." - on VH1's Storytellers, 2009

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    "All I want is dopeness! Why would you want to control that?" - "New York Times" Interview, 2013

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    "I never put anybody down to big myself up. I just big myself up." - To Complex's Future Shock, 2007

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    "Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life." - Kanye West to "Reuters," 2009

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    "One of the problems with being a bubbling source of creativity - it's like I'm bubbling in a laboratory, and if you don't put a cap on it, at one point it will, like, break the glass. If I can hone that... then I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on." - To "Details" Magazine, 2009

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    "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!" - MTV Video Music Awards, 2009

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    "Yo, how am I supposed to talk when you if you're going to run the [clip] in the middle of when I'm talking." - "Today Show" Interview with Matt Lauer, 2010

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    "I looked at Justin, and I was like: 'Do you want me to go onstage for you?'" - "New York Times" Interview, 2013

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    "I'm totally weird, and I'm totally honest, and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes. And the thing is, for me to say I wasn't a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself." - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," 2013

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    "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" - Twitter

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    "I do have an ego and rightfully so." - on VH1's "Storytellers," 2009

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    "I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in." - DJ Semtex (BBC Radio) Interview, 2008

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    "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." - New York Times Interview, 2013

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    "I have superstitions that if my outfit isn't that good, the show is not gonna be as pleasant to watch. Serious philosophies like that is what separates me from other artists." - Abbey Road Sessions Interview, 2009

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    "You do help me get money, paparazzi. You show people how fresh my outfit is." - "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," 2013

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    "If I don't win, the award show loses credibility." - MTV Europe Music Awards, 2006

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    "I wouldn't even say that I'm a rapper. I'd say I'm more of a messenger than a rapper." - Jimmy Kimmel, 2013

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    "God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God's vessel." - on VH1's "Storytellers," 2009

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    "I still think I am the greatest" - Accepting the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year, 2004

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    "Everybody wanted to know what I would do, if I didn't win... I guess we'll never know!" - Grammys acceptance speech, 2005

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    "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." - New York Times Interview, 2013

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    "George Bush doesn't care about black people." - A Concert for Hurricane Relief

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    "For me, I'm a creative genius, and there's no other way to word it. I know you're not supposed to say that about yourself, and I say things the wrong way a lot of times. But my intention is always positive." - Jimmy Kimmel, 2013

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    "Put this in the magazine: There's nothing more to be said about music. I'm the f***ing end-all, be-all of music." - To "Details" Magazine, 2009

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    West shocked fans by wearing the Confederate flag and featuring it on his, merchandise for his "Yeezus" concert tour. "You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way ­that's my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made the song 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag. Now what are you going to do?" - Radio interview

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    West claimed that the Kardashians don't get enough credit for race relations! "They prep America to accept interracial relationships" Kim's sister Khloe was married to Lamar Odom, Kylie has been linked to rapper Tyga, and Kris is dating Corey Gamble. - 2013 Radio Interview
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    "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." - For Spin Magazine
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    West's October 2013 On Air With Ryan Seacrest interview featured the singer referring to his fiancée Kim Kardashian as "the most intriguing woman right now, claiming that the reality TV beauty is more influential than First Lady Michelle Obama. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day"
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    5 During his November 24, 2013 concert at New York¹s Madison Square Garden, the Yeezus rapper dissed rocker Lenny Kravitz, not knowing he was in the audience. West called himself the ³No. 1 rock star on the planet,² then asked the crowd, ³Have you heard anyone talk [bleep] about Lenny Kravitz? He¹s a nice guy, he’s so well-mannered. I envy people who are extremely likable, I¹m like, damn, I wish I could be likable like that.
 
 

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