53 Most Famous Kanye West Quotes

Kanye West Quotes

Kanye West, born 8th June 1977, Atlanta Georgia, U.S. is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer. In 2004 he released his debut album “The College Dropout” which included the singles Jesus Walks and Through The Wire. West’s mother died in 2007 of complications from cosmetic surgery. His second album, “Late Registration,” was released in 2005 to massive critical acclaim and commercial success with songs such as Gold Digger featuring Jamie Foxx. The album was nominated for six Grammys and West himself won three of the nominations.

His third studio album, “Graduation” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in September 2007 which earned him his first Grammy award for Best Rap Album. In November 2008 he released his fourth studio album titled “808s & Heartbreak” which had a polarizing reception amidst fans and critics. His fifth studio album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was released in November 2010 to rave reviews from music critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. West released his sixth album titled “Yeezus” in June 2013 under Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. The album received notable critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

The Life of Pablo, West’s seventh studio album was released in February 2016 as a Tidal exclusive which initially saw an unconventional release with several titles before being standardized to what is now known simply as “The Life of Pablo”. Barely a day goes without Kanye saying something hilarious, outlandish, offensive, or downright stupid. Whether he’s saying that Bill Cosby is innocent or claiming that slavery was a choice, Kanye has redefined what it means to be an American icon today. Below is a collection of his best quotes

Kanye West Quotes

1. “I’m a human being. I’ve got opinions, I’m not always right, I’m not always on time, I don’t always say things in the proper way, but my intentions are always extremely pure.”– Kanye West
Kanye West Quotes

2. “I’m completely weird. I thought that I was strange for all the wrong reasons but it turns out everyone else is strange too.”–Kanye West

3. “So when people say, ‘You’re so crazy,’ well you know what? This world is crazy. And being normal is boring.”–kanye west

4. “I can’t say that I was extremely inspired by anyone I came across in the past, because when you see real genius you become intimidated.”–Kanye West

5. “I’ve never done heroin, but I imagine it’s like dropping out of college and doing music instead. It might be fun for a day or two, but then your rookie card is gone.”–Kanye West

6. “I think that my favorite song is either ‘Hey Mama’ or ‘Touch the Sky’ just because it’s a rap with a guitar solo in it. And I can’t play guitar.”–Kanye West

7. “If you have five albums that means you’re real, and if you have two albums you’re not real.”–Kanye West

8. “I didn’t study other musical people because I was too busy studying musical history.”–Kanye West

9. “While others are busy following the trends, I follow my own feelings and make music that expresses what I love.”–Kanye West

10. “That’s one of my favorite things about rap, is that sometimes you’ll be in a bad situation but then you’ll say something and it will give you power.”–Kanye West

11. “People who are considered to be good looking, well I think they’re crazy. Because honestly, what’s the definition of good looking? Good looking to me is being comfortable in your own skin. It’s being happy with who you are.”–Kanye West

12. “I am Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh.”–Kanye West

13. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.”–Kanye West

14. “I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connector.”–Kanye West

15.  “I feel that in my spirit, I will be one of the most influential artists of all time. I say that with humility but I definitely believe it.”–Kanye West

16. “My goals are to be timeless, to be classed as one of the greatest artists of all time.”–Kanye West

17. “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”–Kanye West

18. “You know what they call a guy who graduated at the top of his class? A dropout.”–Kanye West

19. “I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and connector.”–Kanye West

20. “Rap is something that I do. I’m not trying to say rap is an art form; it’s pop music.”–Kanye West

21. “You can be my friend, but I will hurt you for my personal growth.”–Kanye West

22. “I think that as a society we’re all trying to become the best version of ourselves. We’re all trying to help each other evolve.”–Kanye West

23.  “It’s not about having a dark and tragic life, it’s about how you react to the pains and pitfalls. I think that my story, what people would consider a tragedy, is something that will help kids.”–Kanye West

24. “I believe in all forms of music, but I really do feel that rap is the hardest form of artistry to truly master from a creative standpoint.”–Kanye West

25. “I don’t think there’s one song that you could name that I can’t do. I’m Kanye West.”–Kanye West

26. “I have a deep respect for Jay Z and what he’s accomplished in his career. He is the definition of being multifaceted.”–Kanye West

27. “It’s, like, a fight in a movie theater: I’m fighting for your attention. If you don’t give it to me, I’ll take my energy elsewhere.”–Kanye West

28. “I feel that I’m too busy writing history to read it.”–Kanye West

29. “The problem with being an artist is that people are always trying to steal your spotlight.”–Kanye West

30. “I want to help as many people as I can. But, man, it’s all about me getting up in the morning and taking a shower and putting my clothes on and walking out the door and going to the studio… you know what I’m saying? It was never like ‘I want to save the world’ or ‘I want to help people’, it was always like, ‘I want to be like Jay-Z and be big.’–Kanye West

31. ” I think that as a society we’re all trying to become the best version of ourselves. We’re all trying to help each other evolve.”–Kanye West

32. “I’m just doing what I can to present something that can shift culture. That is my job, and I hope to God I don’t fail at it because those who were before us have done such a good job keeping the standards high.”–Kanye West

33. “I’m really big on signs… Like when I lost my girlfriend… I couldn’t eat and… Went back to the hospital, this time to check my blood. The doctor told me I had low levels of vitamin D.”–Kanye West

34. “I’m just doing what I can to present something that can shift culture. That is my job, and I hope to God I don’t fail at it because those who were before us have done such a good job keeping the standards high.”–Kanye West

35 “I’m really big on signs; I believe objects in the world are sending you messages all the time.”–Kanye West

36. “Sometimes reality is better than your dreams, you know?”–Kanye West

37. “We both love clothes, so we talk fashion all the time.”–Kanye West

38. “When I was little, my parents had this karaoke machine and I used to pretend like I was Michael Jackson singing ‘Billie Jean’ or something. If you listen to Late Registration, that’s what it sounds like.”–Kanye West

39. “I like to make very complex, interesting music. I try to take emotions and make them very catchy. So whether it be the type of drums or a certain sound effect that’s used or a melody, whatever it is, I want people to get emotional when they hear my song.”–Kanye West

40. “I’m the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is numero uno, Kanye West, so don’t even try to battle me.”–Kanye West

41. “I think I’ve figured out how to control people with my image. And they feed into it because it’s fun sometimes, you know? I don’t sit around and analyze it too much. But every now and then I’ll realize what a really cool image can do.”–Kanye West

42. “I’m going to make a clothing line, but that’s for entertainment purposes.”—Kanye West

43. “When people try to box me in, it makes me push those boundaries – and I’m taking it into fashion.”–Kanye West

44. “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”–Kanye West

45. “I’m sorry, but Jay Z cannot beat me. It’s not possible. At all… He could perhaps write a good rhyme over my beat, but he can’t compete with me if I give him the track for free.”–Kanye West

46. “I don’t mind putting in that extra effort, you know. I don’t mind being a role model or a leader of people as long as it’s done in a positive way. And usually my message is the one of self-awareness and trying to better yourself.”–Kanye West

47. “You can’t expect someone to be as epic as Bob Dylan and not have a sense of humor about themselves.”–Kanye West

48. “Rap is always evolving, like everything else. It’s like we’re in the Yo Gabba Gabba phase or something right now.”–Kanye West

49. “I’m very aware of myself. I know when I was 19, I didn’t have the same views and ideas that I have today.”–Kanye West

50. “They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus. That means guns, sex and lies. Nothing is off limits. That’s too obvious.”–Kanye West

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51. “I am a god, I’m a rock star. I’m a rap legend. There are people that will say anything to become relevant on the radio right now.”–Kanye West

52. “People always try to box me in at the fashion shows. And my mind is like, ‘I want to show people what they don’t like.’ Do you know what I mean? It’s like when they say, ‘He’s the Louis Vuitton Don,’ and my mind is, ‘How can I get out of that box?’ So for this one it was just all pink. I wanted kids today to have something this summer that represents the golden age of hip-hop.”–Kanye West

53. “We were working on the Watch the Throne album and there was this moment when Jay said, ‘Yo drop a verse’ and I would say, ‘I don’t want to.’ And he was like, ‘Come on man you’ve got to give me something’ and I would say, ‘I don’t want to.’ And he said, ‘That’s what everyone is talking about. They’re all wondering why you don’t drop a verse.’ I had already done six songs by that point.”–Kanye West

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Summary

Kanye West has been a musician for a very long time. His songs have been all over the place, from his early work with beats and rhymes to late-2000’s style. The majority of Kanye fans appreciate this change because it keeps everyone on their toes by surprising them often.

It is not certain what West will do or say next, but it will definitely be something shocking. Whether you agree or disagree with him, that is what makes Kanye West so famous. His ability to make millions of people think about his motives and point of view is one of the reasons why he has been in the public eye for so long.

Kanye’s originality when it comes to fashion also make headlines all around the world, which is a reason why he has been able to gather so many fans.

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