Nike told me, 'We can't give you royalties because you're not a professional athlete.' I told them:
Started from my mama...
Cause I still ain’t seen a video better than
We're currently led by the least noble, least talented, least respected, least respectful people—politicians. Period. But the world could be saved through art and design.
I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people, this is the level that things could be at. So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers.
It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness.
For me to say I wasn’t a genius…
No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing.
I believe that utopia is actually possible—but we're led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political.
I sat with Michael Jackson. I met him over Lyor Cohen's house and I just vibed out with him. I think Michael was the one that put that battery in my back to do 808's. I played him 'Good Life,' he was like, 'Who is that singing right there. I like that voice.'
All barbershops, fashion designers, architects, corner stores, Wall Street… all over the world… y’all acting like [Kim Kardashian] ain’t the most beautiful woman of all time…
How, Sway? You ain’t got the answers, Sway. I’ve been doing this more than you. You ain’t got the answers. You ain’t been doing the education. You don’t have the answers, though.
I am Warhol! I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google.
I’m not gonna be Tesla, in my basement, inventin’ all kinds of **** and people stealin’ they ideas and you die broke!...And I’m not talking about the car. That’s why I’m turnin up!
I really do believe the world can be saved by design…If I sit down and talk to Oprah for two hours, the conversation is about realization, self realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you.
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:
My greatest power…I’m not a billionaire. I may not be the richest person on the planet. I might not be the most attractive guy. I might be the most liked, but, I right now, because of ‘New Slaves’, and because of the position I’ve always taken, have the most powerful voice by a mile. By a mile.
SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU F***IN BEN AFFLECK…
No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at.
Look at Gaga, she’s the creative director of Polaroid. I like some of the Gaga songs.
If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself.
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.
So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ Cause it’s like, yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the Number 1 living and breathing rock star.
On one end, I try to scale it [his narcissism] back…Because I don’t want to close any of the doors needed to create the best product possible. But my ego is my drug.
I made that song because I am a god…I don’t think there’s much more explanation. I’m not going to sit here and defend sh*t. That sh*t is rock ‘n’ roll, man.
I am so credible and so influential and
It’s mixing creativity with the fight like an athlete. Like, it’s okay for the athletes to fight and push it, but they want the creative people to shut-up and be quiet. But these are the people with the real ideas that can actually change, can reorganize, can design cities, can restructure a curriculum, you know, can make life easier.
I’m 10 years ahead
I feel like a little bit, like, I’m the __________ of creativity.
Now, you can see my face on the Internet every motherf***ing day. I came here, I open up a motherf***ing mountain…and you tryin’ tell me how to give you my art? Now tell me something, ya’ll want me to do this show the way I would do this show?