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Kanye West’s Greatest Tweets

When Twitter was created in March 2006 by ambitious developers Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass, they might have hoped, perhaps in their wildest dreams, that their new venture would capture the attention of some of the world’s major movers and shakers.

Kanye West signed up to Twitter in July 2010, which is surely a date that’s been commemorated in Twitter HQ with a massive plaque that its employees respectfully bow to on their way to the photocopier. Yeezy’s every tweet has become a major event in itself, generating massive interest on the social platform whenever he comes up with a 140-character thought; something that’s enjoyed a particularly spike in the run-up to his seventh album (which may or may not be titled ‘Waves’).

And so, in tribute to the ceaseless entertainment that Kanye delivers for his 20.4 million followers, here’s a guide to some of his best Twitter moments.

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For the sake of clarity, we’ll begin with Kanye’s first Twitter era: a simpler time, when he was far more inclined than he is today to make outlandish, stream-of-consciousness-style observations about everything, from complimentary airplane water to using kazoos in his music.

The time he raved about a little-known show on Broadway

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A complimentary on-flight beverage? Be gone!

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The time he was ultra-humble

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The time he was ultra-humble in a bike store

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And let’s not forget the time he endorsed kazoo players the world over

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He ruled out a career in comedy at this point, too

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Ye also pointed out the infinite logic of having a conference table

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And, of course, that time he was fly for so long that he, well, see for yourself

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But, on 4th October 2012, the fun and frivolity came to a screeching halt: Kanye deleted all of his tweets, promising that he would “be back soon”. Naturally, we here at NME wept for the end of this glorious age, and proceeded to look back on some of his finest tweeting moments.

And so, for 7 months, we waited. And waited. And then, probably forgot all about him and lost ourselves in some other social phenonmenon like ‘Gangnam Style’ or the Harlem Shake. But then, on 18th May, with his phone’s caps lock function firmly left on, Kanye announced his return to this most glorious of social platforms – with a promise to project songs and visuals from his last album ‘Yeezus’ on 66 buildings across the globe, no less.

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/335569132214972416

And so, we were back in the flow of things.

There was the moment that Kanye professed his enjoyment for Pacific Rim

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/352660601681625088

The time that he declared the second verse of ‘New Slaves’ as the best rap verse of all time

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/358614185086693377

That rather strange rant he did about US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel then made the headlines – it was swiftly deleted

https://twitter.com/rileyeubanks/status/667154377887637504

The time he got a little thirsty over a Kim selfie

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/390744663281631233

He would later get more romantic, posting this lovely KimYe wedding shot

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/471309858537762816

When he helped Kim on her quest to break the internet

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/532399205537415170

Tweeting his apologies to Beck after his Grammy outburst last year

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/571087300974608384

Oh, and Bruno Mars too

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/571087333686005761

And then came the big announcement: it’s album time

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/571904168291532800

He was then full of praise for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/577635990107394048

The first of many changes – here’s the announcement for ‘SWISH’

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/594928453675159553

Kanye here, preaching the idea of living for the moment

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/646504665929027584

As he’s now a parent, he’s entitled to deliver a Mumsnet-esque rant every now and again

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/652670093717934080

But don’t you ask him to do a damn thing, people

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/675934047332261888

On the whole, though, Ye’s a good guy

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/685541699775414272

Just so long as you’ve got your phone on loud ring during the night, that is

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/686060974554497026

His tribute to Bowie was a real touch of class

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/686449257767776256

ALBUM OF THE LIFE – that ol’ humility strikes again

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/692083418083921921

Let us never forget the outrageous dressing-down of Wiz Khalifa (which, unfortunately, has now been deleted)

And then the subsequent denial of Amber Rose’s outlandish claims

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/692967570740224001

When he shared the contents of his recent call log

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/696817252784594944

Have you ever seen the movie Tron?

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/698422992041160704

Here’s his message to the co-founder of Facebook

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/698926987281371136

Don’t be liked – be great

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/699090577476993024

Just call him Walt West

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/699107322895994880

Ye’s love for Swedish meatballs is strong

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/707365972194283520

But then it was time to get honest

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/709095376830201856

Because, after all, he is an artist

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/709409643387297792

Phew. And so, without an end in sight to Kanye’s treat-Twitter-like-a-brainstorm-session policy, it really does seem like Twitter’s brain trust may have launched their service with the full intention of giving Yeezus a platform to express his dark, twisted and brilliant mind. He certainly thinks that, anyway.

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