Finely crafted, well thought out, always humble…are phrases that would never be used to describe the things Kanye West says in public. Whether it’s interrupting Taylor Swift’s VMA speech, gushing over wife Kim Kardashian, or – his favorite – bragging about himself, Kanye is the wordsmith of crazy. But one thing’s for certain: When he speaks, he always gets attention. So maybe he’s a genius after all? You be the judge. Here are some of his most ridiculous quotes, taken from various interviews and appearances.
"I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it.”
"When I think of competition it's like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids."
“I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”
“There’s no way a Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame.”
"Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?"
“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.”
“When Beyoncé was working on her album, she had pictures of Kim on the wall because Kim represents powerful women.”
Somehow we doubt this.
"All barber shops, fashion designers, architects, corner stores, Wall Street, all over the world: Y'all acting like this ain't the most beautiful woman of all time! I'm talkin', like, arguably of human existence — the top 10 of human existence."
“God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform.”
“Like, I’m just giving up my body on the stage; I’m putting my life at risk, literally!”
"So, the voices in my head told me go, and then I just walked up, like, halfway up the stage... But I just didn’t really want to take away from Beck’s moment, or the time he’s having to talk. It was kind of a joke – like the Grammys themselves."
At least he admits he hears voices.
"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."
This man has a child now...
"I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in."
"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."
"I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus."
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Kanye West has quashed rumors of a rift between his wife Kim Kardashian and his singer pal Beyonce, insisting the two women "love" and "respect" each other.
Speculation about bad blood between the pair has been rife ever since Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z failed to attend West and Kardashian's 2014 wedding in Florence, Italy. The Stronger hitmaker has now blasted the gossip and insisted that Beyonce keeps pictures of Kardashian on her wall and looks to the reality TV star for inspiration.
He tells U.S. radio station Power 105.1, "They love each other. They respect each other. When Beyonce's working on an album, she has like pictures of Kim on the wall, because Kim represents powerful women. I think Beyonce is a great representation of an artist working hard and trying her best and getting results from it."
Taylor Swift reportedly stood Kanye West up at his Adidas collection launch on Thursday (12Feb15) after telling the rapper she'd make it to his big New York Fashion Week show. West, who famously upset Swift by protesting against her Best Female Video win over pal Beyonce at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, was overheard telling Vogue magazine's Andre Leon Talley he was expecting the Love Story singer to be his special guest.
The rapper reportedly told the fashion guru, "She was supposed to be here today, so I don't know what happened."
It appears Swift was too busy launching her new video, Style, to attend the fashion bash, where Beyonce and Jay Z rubbed shoulders with Justin Bieber, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Rihanna and members of Kanye's Kardashian family.
A source tells E! News, "Taylor wanted to attend but had a scheduled photo shoot that day that she could not move."
Kanye's daughter North West also missed dad's big fashion show as she had to be removed from the event by her mother Kim Kardashian after she threw a tantrum.
The troubled tot's dad has since explained his daughter's meltdown moments before the runway show started was caused by the tense atmosphere at the event.
West tells i-D, "Maybe she was just scared for her daddy. She just wanted people to stop being mean to her daddy. Because she knows that her daddy loves the world and just wants to make it a more beautiful place."
Kanye West's baby daughter North missed the unveiling of her father's new sneaker collection when she burst into tears at a New York Fashion Week event and had to be removed from the venue by her mother Kim Kardashian. The rapper and his wife attended the Adidas show in the Big Apple on Thursday night (12Feb15) with their little girl, and they were joined by other stars including close friend Jay Z and his wife Beyonce.
However, Kardashian had to put her mummy duties first when 21-month-old North had a crying fit as the group sat down to watch the runway show. The reality TV star took the youngster backstage at the venue to avoid disrupting the event.
Rapper Kanye West gave onlookers at New York Fashion Week a special treat when he used his Adidas show to debut the first track off his upcoming album. The Stronger hitmaker officially launched his collaboration with the sportswear brand on Thursday (12Feb15), as he unveiled his new Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoes.
During the show, West's new song, Wolves, played on the speakers as the models, including West's half-sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, took to the runway.
The new tune boasts vocals from Chandelier singer Sia and hip-hop artist Vic Mensa.
Among those in the audience to support his latest venture were West's wife Kim Kardashian and their daughter North, and Kim's other family members Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Kris Jenner.
They sat alongside West's good friends Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as Sean 'Diddy' Combs, his singer girlfriend Cassie, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Big Sean.
The fashion show was also live-streamed in 50 cinemas worldwide.
Kanye West reunited with his old label boss Damon Dash on Saturday (24Jan15) as the music executive presented the Stronger hitmaker with a top prize at the BET Honors. The rapper was feted with the Visionary Award at the Washington, D.C. ceremony, where stars including his longtime pal and collaborator Jay Z, Common, Kendrick Lamar and his wife Kim Kardashian paid tribute to West in a video montage.
He was then introduced to the stage by his old friend Dash, who confessed he had doubted West's rapping abilities when he was first trying to make the transition from producer to artist.
Stepping up to the podium, a flattered West stated, "I understand what it is to be humbled for the first time."
He then shared a few words of advice to youths seeking to make their mark on the entertainment and arts industry, saying, "You can't be the kid in the back of the classroom with black nail polish. You have to smack the s**t out of people with your creativity."
It was also an emotional night for R&B superstar Usher, who fought back tears as he received the Musical Arts Award from his childhood idol, Bobby Brown, while actress Phylicia Rashad was celebrated with the Theatrical Arts Award.
West has had little to do with Dash since the label co-founder fell out with his business partner Jay Z in 2005 after the sale of their record company to Island Def Jam.
Brad Pitt threw his support behind Rihanna's fundraising efforts with a hilarious 'roast' of the pop princess at her inaugural Diamond Ball Gala on Thursday night (11Dec14). The Fury star welcomed Rihanna to the stage at the function in aid of her Clara Lionel Foundation with a teasing talk about the Bajan singer being led astray by Jay Z when she first moved to the U.S. to pursue her pop career.
Showing the audience a picture of a young Rihanna, Pitt said, "Look at the young girl before you, all full of hopes and dreams, living a humble existence in Barbados, her whole life ahead of her... (But she) soon fell in with a bad crowd led by the dubious and nefarious character known as The Jay Z.
"For those of you not in the know, The Jay Z was an evil impresario known for turning out hit records and ripping insane lyrics and fresh beats. Needless to say it was all downhill from there."
Pitt went on to detail the star's accomplishments, including winning seven Grammys, selling 54 million albums, and having 40 million followers on Twitter.com before showing the crowd an altered image of the star's head on an overweight body eating a sandwich.
He added, "I ask that we stand together by her side and show her our support and our love and say to her the hard words, 'Rihanna put down that sandwich, get off your a** and do something. God damn it, just do something with your life.'"
After the hilarious speech, Rihanna told E! of Pitt's involvement with her cause, saying, "Brad Pitt loves charity, he loves giving back and it was just as simple as that. He was honored to be a part of it, so I'm really happy he's here."
Other stars in attendance at the event in Beverly Hills, California included Big Sean, Lewis Hamilton, Kim Kardashian, Tyrese Gibson and Kris Jenner.
Kanye West is making his debut as a movie producer after teaming up with Jay Z for comedian Chris Rock's new film Top Five.
The rapper pals serve as executive producers on the project, with The Roots' band leader, drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, signing on as executive music producer, reports Deadline.com. Top Five features Rock as a fictional funnyman attempting to relaunch his career as a serious actor when his reality star fiancee convinces him to allow their wedding to be broadcast on TV.
The movie, which was also written and directed by Rock, premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada last Saturday (06Sep14). The worldwide rights to the film were snapped up by Paramount studio executives after a bidding war.
West is familiar with the storyline - he agreed to let E! TV bosses capture footage of the lead up to his wedding earlier this year (May14) for his now-wife Kim Kardashian's reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Meanwhile, Jay Z is no stranger to producing films - he worked with Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby and he's among the executives of Will Smith's upcoming Annie remake.
A team of agents from America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have raided a room at a Los Angeles hotel as part of a probe into an alleged blackmail plot targeting Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians matriarch called in police earlier this year (14) amid claims she had been bombarded with hundreds of phone calls and text messages from a stranger who threatened to release a sex tape featuring Jenner.
Jenner is adamant the alleged footage does not exist, and cops have now stepped up the investigation. FBI agents swooped on the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday (05Sep14), searching a guest's room and seizing a cellphone, laptop and a number of other devices, according to TMZ.com.
No arrests were made.
Kanye West has urged comedian Jay Pharoah not to make light of his hard work after confronting the funnyman over his spoof of the rapper at the recent MTV Video Music Awards.
The Stronger hitmaker was one of a number of celebrity impressions Pharoah showed off at the Los Angeles prizegiving last month (Aug14), but while West's new wife Kim Kardashian smiled through the skit from the audience, the hip-hop star has since made it known he did not appreciate being the topic of the Saturday Night Live regular's stand-up routine.
During his performance at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday (30Aug14), West told the crowd he had phoned Pharoah after the 24 August (14) ceremony to explain why he was a little upset, and he claims the comedian took note. He said, "I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, 'I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position...' So we ain't gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that's working hard, and helping the next man out (sic)."