The wisdom of Kanye West

48th Annual Grammy Awards

This week the internet let out a collective LOL over news that Kanye West is following just one person on Twitter – some random bloke from Coventry. This isn’t the first time Kanye’s given us all a good chuckle – click through the gallery and recall some of the outspoken rapper’s finest, most quotable moments.

The 2009 BET Awards – Los Angeles

On reading, while promoting his own book: “I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”


On lift etiquette: “Don’t you hate it when you say bye to someone then y’all get on the elevator together and it’s like, now what?? Awkwaaard.” (Twitter, 2010)


Kanye West, M.I.A.

On flying in peace: “I don’t understand why they have a ‘do not disturb’ button on the plane if they keep waking you, asking if you want juice.” ‘Mr. West would you like some juice for the 15th time and oh since your awake now … let’s take a picture lol’.” (Twitter, 2010)

President Barack Obama Inauguration – Washington

On saying his fashion is inspired by how gay people dress: “I was ignorant to gays. ‘Cause there’s a lot of gay people who don’t dress good at all. There’s a lot of gay people that I dress way better than.” (MTV, 2009)

50 Years of GQ Celebration – New York

On his relationship with Jay-Z: “I idolize him for certain aspects and he would be my greatest competition, so if I’m writing a rap, I’m writing a rap to beat Jay.” (MTV, 2007)


“I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go. I’m delivering product on a whole new level. I’m like a machine, I’m a robot. You cannot offend a robot. I’m going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain.” (Radio 1, 2007)



Oh his love for electronics: “I used to go to the Bang & Olufsen store and just stare at the TVs and speakers. That store was one of my main inspirations.” (Twitter, 2010)

Brit Awards 2006

On his position in history: “There’s people throughout history that their responsibility is to be conveyors of truth onto the next generation… I feel like I’m that type of person.” (Rolling Stone, 2010)

48th Annual Grammy Awards

On his nomination for the 2006 Grammys: “If I don’t win Album of the Year, I’m gonna really have a problem with that.” (MTV, 2005)

MTV Video Music Awards 2009 – Show – New York

On meeting a drunk fan: “I was in a club taking a piss and this guy was drunk and acting stupid, and he slaps me on the back to get my attention. And I told him, ‘Look, I don’t feel comfortable holding my dick with another man’s hand on me. Unless you want me to turn around in the middle of this…’” (GQ, 2007)


Style: “P30+ Neutral”

On why people should pay attention to what he says on his blog: “BECAUSE MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS LOUD!!!!!!!!!” (His blog, 2009)


On Britney Spears being chosen to open the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards ahead of him: “I can’t believe she would perform. She hasn’t had a hit record in years. Maybe my money’s not right. Maybe my skin’s not right.” (US Weekly, 2007)

Kanye West, Estelle

On his talent: “I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade. I will be the loudest voice. It’s me settling into that position of just really accepting that it’s one thing to say you want to do it and it’s another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan.” (Associated Press, 2008)


On his grades at school: “I got A’s and B’s, and I’m not even frontin’.” (MTV, 2005).

2010 BET Awards – Los Angeles

On choosing Stephen Holmes, a student from Coventry, as the sole person he follows on Twitter: “You are the chosen one dun dun dun.” (Twitter, 2010)


On wanting to be a better person: “I just want to be a doper person, which starts with me not always telling people how dope I think I am.” (His blog, 2009)


On his portrayal in South Park: “South Park murdered me last night and it’s pretty funny. It hurts my feelings, but what can you expect from South Park? I actually have been working on my ego, though. Having the crazy ego is played out in my life and career.” (His blog, 2009)

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On his addiction to porn: “When Marvin Gaye made ‘Sexual Healing’, it was a fun song but he really had a problem with sex. And I think I have a sexual problem, a sexual addiction. I want to do it all the time. My only drug is porn. I have porn with me all the time. Whenever I go to the porn store, I call it the crack house.” (Rolling Stone, 2006)

In Touch Weekly 5th Anniversary Party – New York

On being the first black James Bond “I don’t want to be James Bond. I don’t want to fit into this iconic figure that someone else has made. Just like how I don’t want to be Jesus Christ. My whole life, they’re like, you know, I was raised as a Christian, and they’re like ‘Be Christ-like.’ I’m like, ‘No! I don’t wanna fuckin’ be Christ-like. I want to be me-like.’” (Hip-Hop DX, 2008)