Yeezy season is officially here. No, the latest Yeezy Boosts aren’t being released (not yet, anyway) — it’s Kanye West’s 39th birthday.
The “Ultralight Beam” rapper has made quite a name for himself since bursting onto the scene in the early 2000s. West has amassed 21 Grammy Awards, gone platinum almost 10 times, appeared in films such as “Anchorman 2,” launched a successful fashion line and much more. In addition to all his tangible accolades, West has been considered a legend among fans because of his notable quotes.
West’s lyrics are filled with one-liners perfect for any and all situational Instagram captions, and he is notorious for going on lengthy rants during interviews. He also created a distinctive presence on Twitter, saying what he wants, when he wants.
In the spirit of celebrating West’s birthday, here are 22 of his best quotes and tweets:
“I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”
Early in his career, West revealed to DJ Semtex that while rapping is how he makes a living, he has more eclectic tastes and prefers to listen to other genres in his home.
“I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”
Talk about first-world problems! In 2009, West was featured on the series “VH1 Storytellers.” He told viewers he believed God had chosen him specifically before delivering this highly relatable one-liner.
“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. I am a proud nonreader of books.”
West may be a genius, but he’s not a fan of books. During a 2009 interview (via Perez Hilton), West revealed he had no interest in reading books. To each his own, right?
“You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely f------ with you, and the world, the entire time.”
During an interview with W Magazine, West addressed his off-the-cuff comments, telling the journalist interviewing him to be wary of him.
“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.”
During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, West spoke about nearly interrupting Beck at the Grammy Awards presentation Feb. 8, 2015, and what — or should we say, who? — convinced him that it was neither the time nor the place to do it.
“Bro! By 50 percent, Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul ... Picasso ... f------ Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being.”
In February, moments before a scheduled performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” West went on a profanity-laced rant about his influence. During the conversation, caught on tape and leaked several days after the fact, the “Famous” rapper also slammed Taylor Swift for being “fake” and the “SNL” team for dismantling parts of his set before the performance ever happened.
“My goal, if I was going to do art — fine art — would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone who has done so much, and that’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.”
West might be a genius, but comparing himself with Picasso during a 2015 speech at Oxford University? That’s where we draw the line.
“If I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”
As reported by Billboard, West acknowledged his larger-than-life ego during his Oxford speech.
“F--- any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games! That makes no sense! We give the iPad to our child and every 5 minutes there’s a new purchase!”
Last October, West proved that even geniuses can be outwitted. In a series of truly relatable — and truly hilarious — tweets, the “Only One” rapper opened up about the struggles he and wife Kim Kardashian have had to keep daughter North West from accidentally making in-app purchases. Celebrities, they really are just like us.
Happy born day, Mr. West!