Kanye West has done it again.
Just two weeks after delivering an epic speech at Pusha T’s MNIMN listening session, Kanye sat down with BBC’s Zane Lowe for an intimate one-on-one interview about everything in the world, literally.
If you’re wondering what the entire interview was like, let’s just say greatness. The hour-long interview was filled with hilarious moments and ridiculous quotables, but thankfully, Kanye left his Kris Jenner voice at home.
We listened, and listened, and listened to Kanye talk about Kanye, Kanye’s dreams, Kanye’s childhood, Kanye’s family lineage, Kanye’s album, Kanye’s friendships, Kanye’s relationships, Kanye’s fashion career, and how Kanye inspires people to do things that Kanye would do.
So in honor of Kanye, we rounded up the 37 most outlandish, grandiose, and hilariously amazing declarations Kanye (of course) stated during his BBC interview.
Take a few minutes out of your day to be great like Kanye and read his declarations below.
“Rick Rubin is not a producer, he’s a reducer.”
“I showed people that I understand how to make perfect. ‘…Dark Fantasy’ could be considered perfect. But I’m not here to make perfect, I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically and society, culturally.”
“So I’m gonna take music and I’m going to try to make it three-dimensional, like in Star Wars, and the hologram’ll pop up out of R2-D2. I’ma try to make something that jumps up, and affects you, in a good or bad way.”
“There would be no Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson.”
“This Michael Jackson…Michael Jackson is not even black…he’s Michael Jackson.”
“I’ve gotten to the point where Michael Jackson didn’t break down…I have reached the glass ceiling…as a creative person…as a celebrity.”
“I look around and say ‘wait a second there’s no one around here in this space that looks like me’ and if there are..they’re quiet as fuck!”
“I brought 10 years of product that’s been added to humanity.”
“How many motherfuckers have you seen with a leather jogging pant?”
“Me and Virgil brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi and they said ‘no.’….So when I see Hedi Slimane and it’s all like, OK, this is my take on the world. Yeah, he got some $5,000 jeans in there, there’s some good sh*t here and there. But we culture. Rap is the new Rock N Roll. We the rockstars. IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A MINUTE HEDI SLIMANE, IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A MINUTE. We the new rock stars and I’m the biggest of all of them. I’m the number one rock star on the planet.”
“You guys don’t understand…you guys don’t understand…you guys don’t understand that I did the Yeezy’s and they eBayed for $90,000 and people wanted them like bad as whatever, right. But I didn’t get a call from Nike the next day.”
“No, I don’t think you’re really hearing what I’m saying. As a creative, for you to have done something to the level of the Yeezy’s and not be able to create more…so when I say ‘clean water was only served to the fairer skin,’ what I’m saying is, we’re making product with chitlins. T-shirts — that’s the most we can make. We can have our best perspective on T-shirts, but if it’s anything else, your ‘Truman Show’ boat is hitting the wall.”
“…And I paid my own money..that I get paid….for doing “Gold Digger,” which I never really liked that song, but I knew I’d get paid for doing “Gold Digger.”
“Look at Gaga, she’s the creative director of Polaroid. I like some of the Gaga songs. What the fuck does she know about cameras?”
“I wanted to take this step to say, we got this new thing called classicism, it’s racism’s cousin. This what we do to hold people back.”
“And we got this other thing that’s been working for a long time, where you don’t have to be racist anymore it’s called self hate. It’s like real estate of racism.”
“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. Would it have been better if I had song that said, ‘I am a gangster’ or ‘I am a pimp’? All those colors fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a God, especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in, and you’re last name is a slave-owner’s, how could you say that? How could you have that mentality?”
“I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by. They’re slowed down by the perception of themselves. I was taught I could do everything. And I’m Kanye West at age 36.”
“And I put on that pink Polo and said “broke broke and broke” through that TV and now you got an interview with me.”
“I have to remind Pusha T that he’s Pusha T.”
“Everybody’s being served nasty lunch food.”
“They will play this interview in 5 years. They will play this interview in 10 years and say ‘he called that, and that, and that.”
“I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to speak to this brother [Kendrick Lamar] as much as possible….He’s one of our future messengers, and I’m gonna give him them jewels.”
“If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the espresso.”
“But why do you think the song “N*ggas In Paris” is called “N*ggas In Paris?” Because n*ggas was in Paris!”
“It’s funny; you drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, Who’s more free? You could be trapped to your possessions. ‘You gotta do this next deal ’cause you gotta do this with your house and you gotta get this car.’ And everybody [who] stay next to you last name is Jones, and you trying to keep up with all of them. And that’s what it’s like to be a celebrity. Rappers and musicians trying to compete with ball players with way bigger contracts. Meanwhile, music is the Titanic that’s going down like this.”
“You don’t realize. I am so frustrated. I am so frustrated. I’ve got so much I want to give. I’ve got ideas on color palettes, ideas on silhouettes and I’ve got a million people telling me why I can’t do it.”
“…that I’m not a real designer. I’m not a real rapper either. I’m not a real musician either. Like I don’t know how to play the piano. I’m an artist. I went to art college.”
“I’m blessed and cursed by my level of education. To be a visionary, all you have to do is make decisions based off of your eyes instead of your ears and your memory.”
“When I was in 4th grade I was drawing Jordan’s because my mama couldn’t afford them.”
“People say life isn’t fair, and unless you’re Kanye West, or this pretty girl who dates a soccer player, or your parents had money… You don’t get to wear. And you hear it, we love Versace. Versace. Versace Versace. Versace. We love Versace. Versace is the greatest designer of all time!”
“I’m talking about us… the new slaves…the people who love fashion.”
“My cousin stood up and told this story about how his mother was a tailor so he won ‘best dressed.’ A bunch of people in the lineage of my family have won ‘best dressed.'”
“People can say ‘what do you mean you want to help the world, and you’re so considered about fashion?’ It’s illegal to be naked, but it’s not illegal to not listen to music.”
“No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at. Wear some hot ass Jordan’s on the beach.”
“I don’t expect to be understood at all.”
“I’m a slave to my passion…to my mission.”
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