10 Greatest Lyrics From One of the Most Controversial and Influential 21st Century Rappers.

Kanye West is one of the most acclaimed and best-selling music artists of the 21st century. West has sold over 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. Kanye West has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded music artists of the 21st century.

Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia and he was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Outside of his hip hop music career, Kanye West’s outspoken and often controversial views have received significant attention from the media and the public. He is a frequent source of controversy at Awards shows, on social media and in other public setting.

Kanye West has been recognized by Rolling Stone and Forbes for his accomplishments as a hip hop artist. Time magazine named West as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2005 and 2015.


I know you’re happy, ’cause I can see it, so tell the voice inside your head to believe it.

— Kanye West


Woke up an optimist, sun was shining, I’m positive.

— Kanye West


You know what the Midwest is? Young & restless.

— Kanye West


But I’m a champion, so I turned tragedy to triumph.

— Kanye West


And I heard ’em say, nothin ever promised tomorrow today.

— Kanye West


‘Fore the day I die, I’mma touch the sky.

— Kanye West


Gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly.

— Kanye West


I think I died in an accident, cause this must be heaven.

— Kanye West


Let’s go on a living free, they say the best things in life are free.

— Kanye West


I know I act a fool but I promise you I’m going back to school.

— Kanye West


Hey, do you remember where we first met? Okay, I don’t remember where we first met, but hey, admittin’ is the first step.

— Kanye West


You got a new friend, well I got homies, but in the end it’s still so lonely.

— Kanye West


Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

— Kanye West


We at war, we at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all, we at war with ourselves.

— Kanye West


Everytime I’m in Vegas they screaming like I’m Elvis, but I just want to design hotels and nail it.

— Kanye West


I’ll never be a picture-perfect Beyoncé.

— Kanye West


My childlike creativity, purity, and honesty is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts.

— Kanye West


On the bathroom wall I wrote ‘I’d rather argue with you than be with someone else’.

— Kanye West


Back before anybody wanted K. West beats, me and my girl split the bucket at KFC.

— Kanye West


I’ma open up a store for aspiring MCs, won’t sell ‘em no dream but the inspiration is free.

— Kanye West


I’m gonna follow my heart and if you follow the charts or the plaques or the stacks, you ain’t gotta guess who’s back.

— Kanye West


I am a God, even though I’m a man of God, my whole life in the hand of God.

— Kanye West


I’m in love with you, but the vibe is wrong, and that haunted me, all the way home.

— Kanye West


Real friends, how many of us? How many jealous?

— Kanye West


No you’re not perfect but you’re not your mistakes.

— Kanye West


Why you so paranoid? Don’t be so paranoid.

— Kanye West


You see, if you ever wanted to ever be anything, there’d always be somebody that shoot down any dream. There’ll always be haters, that’s the way it is.

— Kanye West


For ever ever? For ever ever? Ever ever?

— Kanye West


Let’s go on a livin’ spree. Shit, they say the best things in life are free.

— Kanye West


Welcome to the good life.

— Kanye West


Everything I’m not, made me everything I am.

— Kanye West


Let’s have a toast for the douchebags. Let’s have a toast for the assholes. Let’s have a toast for the scumbags, every one of them that I know.

— Kanye West


On a bathroom wall I wrote, “I’d rather argue with you than to be with someone else”.

— Kanye West


Things used to be, now they not. Anything but us is who we are.

— Kanye West


Lost in this plastic life. Let’s break out of this fake ass party.

— Kanye West


I’m trying to right my wrongs, but it’s funny, them same wrongs helped me write this song.

— Kanye West


And don’t let nobody with the power to sign ever tell you you ain’t got the power to rhyme.

— Kanye West


The weather’s so breezy, man; why can life always be this easy?

— Kanye West


We shine because they hate us, floss ’cause they degrade us.

— Kanye West


And this is for the family that can’t be with us.

— Kanye West


As kids we used to laugh, who knew that life would move this fast?

— Kanye West


I know I look better in real life.

— Kanye West


In the club, always the flyest.

— Kanye West


Screams from the haters got a nice ring to it. I guess every superhero need his theme music.

— Kanye West


I go for mine, I got to shine, now throw your hands up in the sky.

— Kanye West


You weren’t perfect, but you made life worth it.

— Kanye West


Too many Urkels on your team, that’s why your wins low.

— Kanye West


It’s amazing, I’m the reason everybody fired up this evening.

— Kanye West


You got a new friend, well, I got homies.

— Kanye West


Throw your hands up in the sky and say “We don’t care what people say”.

— Kanye West


Keep risin’ ‘til the sky knows your name.

— Kanye West


Nothing lasts forever, but be honest babe, it hurts, but it may be the only way.

— Kanye West


I’ll never be as laid back as this beat was.

— Kanye West


They say that people in your life are seasons, and everything that happens is for a reason.

— Kanye West


She Instagram herself like “Bad bitch alert.” He Instagram his watch like “Mad rich alert”.

— Kanye West


The good outweighs the bad even on your worst day.

— Kanye West


Shit, I’m chilling trying to stack these millions.

— Kanye West




Everyone’s always telling you to be humble. When was the last time someone told you to be great? — Kanye West


Believe in your flyness… conquer your shyness. — Kanye West


This is my life homie, you decide yours. — Kanye West


Beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them as luxury. — Kanye West


Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it? — Kanye West


Even a broke clock is right twice a day — Kanye West


I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by: thoughts and perceptions of yourself… If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything. — Kanye West 


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. — Kanye West


Why everything that’s supposed to be bad
Make me feel so good? — Kanye West


As we live, our hearts turn colder. Cause pain is what we go through, as we become older. We get insulted by others, lose trust for those others. We get back stabbed by friends. It becomes harder for us to give others a hand. We get our heart broken by people we love, even that we give them all we have. Then we lose family over time. What else could rust the heart more over time? Blackgold. — Kanye West


Life is 5% what happens, and 95% how you react. — Kanye West


Everything I’m not makes me everything I am. — Kanye West


I’m not comfortable with comfort. I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing. — Kanye West


If y’all fresh to death, then I’m deceased. — Kanye West


You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes. — Kanye West


Success is the best revenge. — Kanye West


You may be talented, but you’re not Kanye West. — Kanye West


Nothing in life is promised except death. — Kanye West


You basically can say anything to someone on an email or text as long as you put LOL at the end. — Kanye West


People will have a problem with whatever you do. At the end of the day, nobody can determine what you need to do in order to be successful and why would you listen to someone who is not successful tell you what you need to do? — Kanye West


They say people in your life are seasons and anything that happens is for a reason. — Kanye West


I’ve known my mom since I was zero years old. She is quite dope. — Kanye West


For me giving up is way harder than trying. — Kanye West


I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness. — Kanye West


Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on a cloud. — Kanye West


Life is a b*tch depending how you dress her. — Kanye West


They say your attitude determines your latitude … — Kanye West


Being fresh is more important than having money. — Kanye West


For me to say I wasn’t a genius I’d just be lying to you and to myself. — Kanye West


Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there’s no criticism. That means you’re too safe. — Kanye West


God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down. — Kanye West


I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum. — Kanye West


When we die, the money we can’t keep, but we probably spend it all cause the pain ain’t cheap. — Kanye West


Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them. Sometimes it takes a little polishing to truly shine. — Kanye West


Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive. — Kanye West


I’ve been outta my mind a long time. — Kanye West


It’s about whatever I want to make it about. It’s my world. — Kanye West


I don’t expect to be understood at all. — Kanye West


I just think that when my confidence meets other people’s insecurity, that equals Kanye’s arrogant. — Kanye West


The plan was to drink until the pain is over, But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover? — Kanye West


I refuse to follow the rules where society tries to control people with low self esteem. — Kanye West


Don’t say you don’t know! It’s because of Kim. Meaning there’s no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes. So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it. That’s the point. Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity. The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write. — Kanye West


If you know you’re the best it only makes sense for you to surround yourself with the best. NO EXCEPTIONS — Kanye West


Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory. Sh*t is real. — Kanye West


If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. a lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed. — Kanye West


No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at. Wear some hot ass Jordans on the beach. — Kanye West


If you’re taught you can’t do anything you won’t do anything, I was taught I could do everything. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


I would like to thank Julius Caesar for originating my hairstyle. — Kanye West


Every time I crash the Internet, it’s like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting all of the rest of the time? — Kanye West


Memories have to be our most painful blessing. — Kanye West


Society has put up so many boundaries, so many limitations on what’s right and wrong that it’s almost impossible to get a pure thought out. It’s like a little kid, a little boy, looking at colors, and no one told him what colors are good, before somebody tells you you shouldn’t like pink because that’s for girls, or you’d instantly become a gay two-year-old. Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better color. Everyone’s born confident, and everything’s taken away from you. — Kanye West


I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it. — Kanye West


People say to me ‘you’re successful, what are you crying about?’. I’m crying about the people. I’m crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is it. What good is anything that everyone can’t have. Every ism. They think we’re done with racism. What about elitism, what about separatism, what about classism? That’s all. — Kanye West


George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


My definition of genius is not being that person the actual human is a genius, but it’s a person that just allows God to work through them. — Kanye West


Let the music defuse all the tension. — Kanye West


I use too much of my brain and need to let some of it rest. — Kanye West


The prettiest people do the ugliest things. — Kanye West


I don’t like facts, because facts get in the way of my feelings. — Kanye West


If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic … — Kanye West


I believe in myself like a five-year-old believes in himself. They say look at me, look at me! Then they do a flip in the backyard. It won’t even be that amazing, but everyone will be clapping for them. — Kanye West


Living well eliminates the need for revenge. — Kanye West


Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the raising sun. — Kanye West


I feel that I’m very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility. — Kanye West


I’ve reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting. — Kanye West


I still think I am the greatest. — Kanye West


I just close my eyes and act like I’m a 3-year-old. I try to get as close to a childlike level as possible because we were all artists back then. So you just close your eyes and think back to when you were as young as you can remember and had the least barriers to your creativity. — Kanye West


So I hope that there are people out there laughing. Laugh loud, please. Laugh until your lungs give out because I will have the last laugh. — Kanye West


My wife has dated broke black dudes. — Kanye West


The longer your gevity is, the more confidence you build. — Kanye West


I performed it all the way through for people. People would say, “We love you, we want to sign you,” and then there’d always be one person who’d say, “He’s just a producer.” — Kanye West


I know I got to be right now Cause I can’t get much wronger. — Kanye West


All I need is the breakthrough. The joint-venture for my clothing. Same as Stella McCartney has… — Kanye West


There’s nothing I really wanted to do in life that I wasn’t able to get good at. That’s my skill. I’m not really specifically talented at anything except for the ability to learn. That’s what I do. That’s what I’m here for. — Kanye West


I had a dream I can buy my way to heaven. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


Man… ninjas are kind of cool… I just don’t know any personally. — Kanye West


Death is promised. So what do you do with your life? How do you make the most of it? How do you make your voice the loudest? — Kanye West


I think that people don’t make the most of their lives. So, you know, for me, it seems like it’s the beginning of me rattling the cage, of making some people nervous. And people are strategically trying to do things to mute my voice in some way or make me look like I’m a lunatic or pinpoint the inaccuracies in my grammar to somehow take away from the overall message of what I’m saying. — Kanye West


People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex – to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic. — Kanye West


If you talking ’bout classics, do my name get brought up? — Kanye West


I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool s–, because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and s–, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That s– is super cool. — Kanye West


If I do become more successful, either as a producer or a rapper, I’m going to do everything I can to help whoever I can on the label. — Kanye West


I’ve been saying how I feel at the wrong time. — Kanye West



Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side. — Kanye West


Thank God I’m not too cool for a seatbelt. — Kanye West


Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression. — Kanye West


Love your haters – they’re your biggest fans. — Kanye West


I’m a let you finish, but the French Revolution had the best severed heads of ALL TIME. — Kanye West


You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing. — Kanye West


I would rather sit in a factory than sit in a Maybach. — Kanye West


I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. — Kanye West


I believe that everyone is a fashion insider, because it’s illegal to be naked. — Kanye West


I can sleep. I love sleep; it’s my favorite. — Kanye West


I completely lost everything, but I gained everything because I lost the fear. — Kanye West


Just know that if you want to be a boxer you’re going to get your face beaten constantly but then you may end up being a Mayweather or an Ali at the end of the day. — Kanye West


Couldn’t afford a car so he named his daughter Alexis. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem,
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams.
I use it as my gas, so they say that I’m gassed,
But without it I’d be last, so I ought to laugh… — Kanye West


What I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period. — Kanye West


Could have sworn her breasts was sending me messages. — Kanye West


She said, “‘Ye can we get married at the mall?”
I said, “Look, you need to crawl ‘fore you ball
Come and meet me in the bathroom stall
And show me why you deserve to have it all.’ — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


Fashion breaks my heart. — Kanye West


I don’t like to say something’s weird when it’s innovative and fresh. — Kanye West


Wait ’till I get my money right… — Kanye West


You know that one auntie, you don’t wanna be rude,
…But every holiday, nobody eatin’ her food. — Kanye West


Went from most hated to the Champion God Flow,
I guess that’s a feelin’ only me and LeBron know. — Kanye West


I walk through the hotel, and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f***ing insane, like I’m Hitler. One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did. — Kanye West


‘What you doing in the club on a Thursday?’
She say she only here for her girl birthday…
They ordered champagne but still look thirsty,
Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30. — Kanye West


Everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of ‘hip-hop,’ I think, is ‘gay.’ Like yo, you play a record and if it’s wack, ‘That’s gay, dog!’ And I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ‘Yo, stop it, fam.’ — Kanye West


People always try to box you in to what they know you best for. — Kanye West


Nobody’s gonna be bigger than Eminem. — Kanye West


I love nudity. And I love beautiful shapes. — Kanye West


You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, ‘This is wrong.’ — Kanye West


The same people that tell me what I ought to have is the same people asking for an autograph. — Kanye West


I want to help change the way young people look at school, and hence, the way they look at their futures. — Kanye West


I specifically ordered Persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple Persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh. — Kanye West


I don’t know what’s better: getting laid or getting paid.
I just know when I’m getting one, the other’s getting away.— Kanye West


People say, ‘What do you mean you want to help the world, but you’re so concerned about fashion?’ It’s illegal to be naked. It is something that is extremely important. — Kanye West


I make all my own decisions and I take full responsibility. — Kanye West


No one is looking at what President Obama is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a bikini pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day… — Kanye West


I gotta new strategy it’s called no strategy. And I gotta way to sell more music its called make better music. — Kanye West


If you have power, you have to empower. — Kanye West


I’m living three dreams:
Biggie Smalls’, Dr. King, Rodney King’s.
Cause we can’t get along, no resolution?
‘Til we drown all these haters…
Rest in peace to Whitney Houston. — Kanye West


I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn. — Kanye West


I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix. — Kanye West


My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity. — Kanye West


The concept of commercialism in the fashion and art world is looked down upon. You know, just to think, ‘What amount of creativity does it take to make something that masses of people like?’ And, ‘How does creativity apply across the board?’ — Kanye West


Having money isn’t everything, not having it is. — Kanye West


Starting now, you’re just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people’s lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic. — Kanye West


George Bush doesn’t care about black people… They’re saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food… they’re giving the (Army) permission to shoot us. — Kanye West


Pharrell has always been my style idol. — Kanye West


Cause we they leaders, and they the followers
And we the nut-busters and they the swallowers.’ — Kanye West


Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference. — Kanye West


Whenever you get deja vu that means you’re on the right path. I get it, like, more than ten times a year. — Kanye West




If I were to write my title like going through the airport and you have to put down what you do? I would literally write ‘creative genius’ except for two reasons: Sometimes it takes too long to write that and sometimes I spell the word ‘genius’ wrong. The irony. — Kanye West


Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration, and we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyonce album and they feel like it takes them to another place. — Kanye West


I try to get as close to a childlike level as possible because we were all artists back then. — Kanye West


I am not a fan of books. — Kanye West


I love the fact that I’m bad at [things]. — Kanye West


Benjamin Franklin didnt win 21 Grammys right? — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on. — Kanye West


I live and breathe every element in life. — Kanye West


I think I’m a whole lot to handle. I definitely am, on every aspect. I’m the video director. I’m the graphics designer. I’m the rapper. I’m the visionary. I’m the music producer. I’m the executive producer. I’m just going to end it off to be poetic: I’m the future of music. — Kanye West


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? — Kanye West


50 told me go head and switch the style up and if they hate, let ’em hate, watch the money pile up. — Kanye West


People need to understand that hip-hop that has gun talk is just for entertainment; similar to if you were watching a movie. — Kanye West


To use is necessary. And if you can’t be used, then you’re useless. — Kanye West


Sometimes when I see a bad performance and people still clap… I wonder if they’re clapping because they liked what they saw or because they’re happy it’s over? — Kanye West


I’m the type of rock star that likes to have a girlfriend, you know? — Kanye West


Fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on. — Kanye West


My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. — Kanye West


I see stuff from the future, and I’m such a futurist that I have to slow down and talk in the present. — Kanye West


If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now. — Kanye West


There’s a lack of creativity in every field because people are afraid. As an artist in this world we can do whatever we want. — Kanye West


Don’t Ever fix your lips like collagen
And say something when you gon’ end up apologizing. — Kanye West


People say I’ve got a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building. — Kanye West


I have this table in my new house. They put this table in without asking. It was some weird nouveau riche marble table, and I hated it. But it was literally so heavy that it took a crane to move it. We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked. I realized that table was my ego. No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through. — Kanye West


Talkin’, talkin, talkin’, talk. Baby, let’s just knock it off. They don’t know what we been through. They don’t know ’bout me and you. — Kanye West


There are people who have figured out the exact, you know, Kanye West formula, the mix between “Graduation” and “808s,” and were able to become more successful at it. — Kanye West


Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the internet is our new Rome. — Kanye West


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? — Kanye West


I said Yo Jay, I can rap. And I spit this rap that said I’m killin’ ya’ll *****s on this lyrical sh*t, mayonnaise colored benz, I push miracle whips. — Kanye West


I’m not going to sit inside of a corporation for 20 years. The time is now. The time is now to express yourself. The time is now to believe in yourself. — Kanye West


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? — Kanye West


Taking 1,000 meetings attempting to get backing to do clothing… — Kanye West


I worked a telemarketing job. I always worked those because I always knew how to talk to people and I always knew how to sell because my father was a salesman. He used to sell vacuum cleaners, payroll services to companies, so that was natural for me to go into sales. — Kanye West


50 is Eminem’s favorite rapper… I’m my favorite rapper. — Kanye West


Both this song [‘Black Skinhead’], ‘I Am a God’ and this song were made after Hedi Slimane didn’t let me into his first Saint Laurent show. — Kanye West


I understand culture. I am the nucleus. — Kanye West


What’s the main thing that makes magic magic? The fact that no one believes that it’s possible. — Kanye West


I love the fact that I’m bad at [things], you know what I’m saying? I’m forever the 35-year-old 5-year-old. I’m forever the 5-year-old of something. — Kanye West


I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. — Kanye West


I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. — Kanye West


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. There’s certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, I’ma go get that. Like, on Christmas I don’t want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I don’t want my credit to look black. — Kanye West


Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio. — Kanye West


Do you think there’d be a Givenchy in the hood if it wasn’t for that South Park photo? — Kanye West


It’s like this, by not giving my album a classic rating, you diminish your magazine’s credibility. And that’s real. — Kanye West


And wouldn’t change by the change, or the game, or the fame, when he came, in the game, he made his own name. — Kanye West


If your job is inspiration you have to go at it at all costs. — Kanye West


When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says ‘Who does he think he is?’ I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you. That’s who I think I am. — Kanye West


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. — Kanye West


We are the creatives with teeth. We know ideas are more important than our personal well-being. — Kanye West


Relationships are more important than punch lines, ya know? — Kanye West


Okay, for me, first of all, dopeness is what I like the most. — Kanye West


I was wearing like, a Juicy Couture men’s polo shirt. We weren’t there, like, ready for war. — Kanye West


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! — Kanye West


It don’t gotta be Mother’s Day, or your birthday, for me to just call and say, Hey Mama! — Kanye West


I can always tell if a band has a British rhythm section due to the gritty production. — Kanye West


Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! We love Versace. Versace is the greatest designer of all time! — Kanye West


I’ve got a million people telling me why I can’t do it. You know, that I’m not a real designer, that I’m not this. I’m not a real rapper, either! — Kanye West


All this role model bullshit; you don’t have any extra responsibilities because you made some good songs! Your only responsibility is to make good songs. — Kanye West


The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. — Kanye West


I am a black new wave artist. — Kanye West