Kanye West-isms

Kanye West explains why he is afraid people spit in his food and other topics.

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He's at it again. In a 3-hour Twitter rant, Kanye West detailed his plans to become a world-class designer with his company, Donda, which will "pick up where Steve Jobs left off." Moreover, he said he wants to be a creative director for a Jetsons movie, "design" the MTV Video Music Awards, and fix America's schools. Click to see more classic West-isms.
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Kanye West linked himself to mass murderer Adolf Hitler in his latest broadside against the haters. "And once again I wake up, and I'm a monster. And I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I'm [explicative] insane, like I'm Hitler," West told a concert audience in England.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"One day, one day a light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did, ever said, was to throw myself on the blade for the sake of someone else, for the sake of people," West said at the Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire, England. He also said he was the Michael Jordan of music, Us reported.
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Kanye West's post-Katrina verbal battle with George W. Bush was re-ignited after the former president told NBC's Matt Lauer that the lowest point in his presidency was when the opinionated rapper accused him of not caring about black people in 2005. Kanye apologized to Bush on the show but criticized Lauer.
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West said Lauer "tried to force my answers" in asking about George W. Bush's reaction to the hip hop star's claim the former president didn't "care about black people" after Katrina. West vented on Twitter: "I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood…"
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Kanye once weighed in against what he called "gold-digging" women who undergo abortions. “An abortion can cost a ballin’ n--ga up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin’ b-----s be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my n--gas!” West tweeted.
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More than a year after Kanye's infamous on-stage Taylor Swift interruption he appeared to be walking back his apology. "It’s like, what’s so arrogant about that moment?" he told a Minnesota radio station. "If anything, it’s selfless."
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Kanye questioned the reactions he'd received around the Swift episode, telling KDWB radio: "I’m walking around now with half an arm, trying to sell albums and having to walk in rooms and be afraid of my food getting spat in, like people going ‘I lost all total respect for you,' and nobody wants to just sit and look at the reality."
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Confused yet? Here's the explanation. "I'm the kid in Tienanmen Square, the Chinese kid in front of the tank, I'm in front of the social the media tank." He went on, "I say s--- people would not put on record." Yes we know.
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During the interview he repeated his very public disagreement with the Grammys and VMAs and named a slew of artists who he says "inaccurate"-ly won the best album awards the last 4 years (including Taylor Swift).
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect, that's inaccurate," Kanye told Access Hollywood.
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West had kept pretty quiet since crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's 2009 VMA acceptance speech: "Taylor, I'm really happy for you. I'll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!"
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After losing the AMA for Best New Artist to country singer Gretchen Wilson: "I was definitely robbed. I was the best new artist this year. I'm not going to give any politically correct bulls**t a** comment... I was the best new artist this year."
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Kanye's bad behavior has earned him universal criticism. Even President Obama weighed in, calling the star who couldn't stop talking a "jack_ss."
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Enough with the award show drama. Click for some more classic Kanye-isms.
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During an interview with DJ Semtex: “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. I have to be in a way more grimy environment to turn any rap music on.”
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Kanye on Chris Brown during VH1’s Storytellers: “Can’t we give Chris a break? I know I make mistakes in life.”
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In the wake of the Katrina aftermath in 2005, Kanye was a featured speaker on "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" that aired live on NBC. During the broacast, he deviated from the prepared script and blurted out, "George Bush doesn't care about black people!"
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On stage after his "Touch the Sky" lost Video of the Year to Justin and Simian's, "We Are Your Friends" at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards: “This video cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it...I was jumping across canyons...if I don’t win, the awards show loses credibility.”
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Probably the quote that inspired Rolling Stone to depict him wearing a crown of thorns on its cover in 2006: "If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn’t be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure."
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A gem from Kanye's blog, caps and all: "WHY WOULD I USE TWITTER???...I’M ACTUALLY SLOW DELIVERING CONTENT BECAUSE I’M TOO BUSY ACTUALLY BUSY BEING CREATIVE…HEY TWITTER, TAKE THE SO CALLED KANYE WEST TWITTER DOWN NOW .... WHY? ... BECAUSE MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS LOUD!!!!!!!!!"
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If Kanye's comments to Reuters are true, he should start a book club with R. Kelly: "I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life."
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To a PETA VIP during a Stella McCartney's fashion show: “They need more fur in this show!”
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Another gem from his blog: “All that said, life is good… good as finding the perfect fabric for a simple one button casual blazer with matching pants.”
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In an interview with Vibe magazine: “I wanna make popular music, but I want less fans. I want the freedom of having less fans. It’s like the freedom of having less money. If you have less money, you have less responsibility.”
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In a video blog entry: “I know I’ve been called the Louis Vuitton Don…I’ve been called a lot of names…Due to what happened, so severely, when the red shoes hit the runway, I was forced to change my name to Martin Louis Vuitton the King, Jr. Address me as such.”
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In a 2008 interview with Spin magazine: "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’m a 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."
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In a blog response to being mocked on South Park: “I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I’M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE D*****.”
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In a 2006 interview with Essence magazine: "If it wasn't for race mixing there'd be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood they call 'em mutts."
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In an interview with Details magazine: "I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on."
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During an episode of VH1's Storytellers: "I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
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Explaining to Details magazine in March 2009 just how talented he is: "There’s nothing more to be said about music. I’m the f***ing end-all, be-all of music. I know what I’m doing. I did 808s in three weeks. I got it. It’s on cruise control."
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Yet another Kanye blog rant, though at least he finally turned the caps lock off: "I'm typing so f***ing hard I might break my f***ing Mac book Air!!!!!!!!"
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A blog entry following a trip to Paris Fashion Week: "I WILL SPARK A GENERATION OF THINKERS WHO WILL QUESTION TRADITIONAL THOUGHT UNTIL THEY FIND THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH."
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Entertainment Weekly asked Kanye in Jan. 2009: "Do you ever allow yourself to just be dull and quiet? Just zone out with a good book?" Kanye's response: "I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it."
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Another moment of humility from Kanye's March 2009 Details interview: "Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world. I’ll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I’ll eat it and rip it in half."
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Explaining the heavy burden of his prodigious talent to BMI in March 2006: "I mean, my music isn’t just music — it’s medicine. I want my songs to touch people, to give them what they need. Every time I make an album, I’m trying to make a cure for cancer, musically. That stresses me out!”
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During an interview on Arizona's Johnjay and Rich radio show: "Steppin’ outside of the game…if I was just a fan of music, I would think that I was the number one artist in the world."
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Pondering his place in history to the Associated Press in November 2008: "I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice…It’s one thing to say you want to do it, and it’s another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan."
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On the delicacies of black-white linguistics etiquette: "I think white people are allowed to say 'bling'... Actually, I do not think that (white people) are allowed to use slang until it is at least a year old. If you say a slang word too early, it's like you're trying to be black. So as long as the slang is a little played out, you're all good."
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After a fan threw a penny on stage during a concert: "What if that had hit me in my pretty a** face?"
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During an interview with English DJ Tim Westwood: "The Bible had, you know, 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don't think I would be one of the characters of today's modern Bible?"
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Flipping an existential crisis on its head: "Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?"
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Ruminating on his own grandeur to Rolling Stone magazine in 2006: “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?”
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All but predicting his own untimely demise to BMI: "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."
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