Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye West was booed at the Big Chill (August 6) after unleashing a bizarre rant during which he told the crowd: "There is so much bullshit going on in the music industry right now. Someone needs to make a difference. People treat me like Hitler."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

It's by no means the first time Kanye has made headlines by saying something dumb/arrogant/grandiose. What better excuse to look back at the arch egotist's funniest ever quotes?

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye made sure there was plenty of hype surrounding his most recent album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. Back in August 2010 he promised it would be his "masterwork. That Avatar-level [work]. I try to compete against the past... Michelangelo, Picasso, the pyramids.” So modest.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

After following just one person on Twitter - some random bloke from Coventry - Kanye blared, “You are the chosen one dun dun dun" (before cruelly unfollowing him a few days later). The random bloke in question, Steven Holmes, said of Kanye: "The funny thing is I like his music but I'm not his biggest fan."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

And of course, who could forget the caps lock rant on his blog in January 2009 that ended with the words: “PLEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! LET ME BE GREAT!!!”

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye is nothing is not self-aware. He summed up his Twitter activity thus: "I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Then again, he also said this: “I’ve learnt to accept what God has given me, without covering it up with ego.”

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

It's a hard life, though, being Kanye. As evidenced by this Tweet: "Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on." Diddums.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye West caused controversy at the MTV Awards (September 13) when he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to complain that Beyonce should have won, since she had "one of the best videos of all time!" His outburst spawned an entire meme that dominated the internet for, ooh, two days at least.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

At the VMAs three years ago West was caught on camera, expressing outrage that he'd missed out on all five awards he'd been nominated for. “I lost to the fucking Black Eyed Peas last year, man. I’m never fucking coming back to MTV."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

He was at it again at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Denmark, when 'Touch The Sky' lost out to Justice Vs Simian's 'We Are Your Friends'. West rushed the stage and pointed out that his video should have won, since “Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons.” Which is a fair point, really.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

West's habit of taking umbrage at the results of awards shows goes back a long way. At the 2004 American Music Awards, he claimed a conspiracy had kept him from winning the newcomer award, insisting: "I was the best artist of the year. I'm carrying the whole state of music."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye always keeps things in perspective. Here he is on celebrity fashion designers: “What 9/11 was to Arabians, Lindsay Lohan was to artists attempting fashion. It destroyed any chance of me getting my name on a label”.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

It's not just awards shows that get West riled. Earlier this year he took to his blog to complain about a less than complimentary portrayal in 'South Park', in which he "starred" as an egomaniacal gay man attracted to fish. West claimed to see the funny side: "South Park murdered me last night and it's pretty funny."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Back in 2005 his target was none other than US President George W Bush. During a TV benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, he accused the government of insitutional racism: "George Bush doesn't care about black people!"

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

On making money for The Man: "'Power’ was me chilling out a bit. I’ve been making new couches for the music industry. Is it OK if I just sit in one?”

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

While at Live 8, West also accused American politicians of insensitivity, claiming they "...ride home in their Benzes and Bentleys while poor Africans starve." Because of course Kanye pootles around in a battered Fiat Uno, doesn't he?

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Meanwhile, his blog reveals him to be paranoid as well as arrogant. In 2008 he compared his plight to that of Princess Diana. After a dispute with an intrusive photographer he wrote: "I AM NOT A CELEBRITY. I'M A NORMAL PERSON THAT'S JUST FAMOUS."

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

The following year his rage was ignited by someone pretending to be him on Twitter. His measured response? "I DON'T HAVE A FUCKING TWITTER… WHY WOULD I USE TWITTER???" He's changed his mind since then. Cue 1.6 million followers, and a whole lot of self-aggrandising waffle.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

He went on to address Twitter staff, offering the cryptic threat: "TAKE THE SO CALLED KANYE WEST TWITTER DOWN NOW .... WHY? ... BECAUSE MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS LOUD!!!!!!!!!"

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

Kanye's knack for shooting his mouth off often takes other forms. In 2007 he revealed his unanbashed love of pornography. "I could stay in for a good two days with my stash," he divulged. Ewww.

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Kanye West's 20 funniest outbursts

In the same interview, West claimed to need sex four times a night. "I think I have a sexual problem, a sexual addiction," he said. And then, just to clarify: "I want to do it all the time."

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