Thursday, 8 June 2017

Kanye West Turns 40: Check Out His Most Outrageous Quotes on Fame, Critics and Kim Kardashian 
Kanye West has a way with words.
Even after two decades in the spotlight, seven studio albums, 21 Grammy wins, instantly sell-out fashion ventures and a marriage to Kim Kardashian, the hip-hop artist's endlessly outspoken musings will almost always top the list of Kanye's career milestones.
There's rarely a topic West—who celebrates his 40th birthday today—won't discuss, and when he opens up, he really speaks his mind. From his candid viewpoints on fame and fashion, to how he handles haters and why he compares himself to pop culture phenoms like Steve Jobs, there's really no one that loves Kanye more than Kanye.
In honor of the birthday boy's big 4-0, take a trip into this self-proclaimed genius's mind and check out his most outrageous quotes, quips and thoughts. They won't disappoint. 
Kanye West
"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 tastemaker, I find the best of everything."
Kim Kardashian, Grammy Awards, Couples
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"I'm biased, but I think the best red-carpet look of all time—if not, one of the top five—was my wife's look at the Grammys. You know what [Jean Paul Gaultier] just did. He said, ‘F--k the s--t. I'm making real s--t. I'm doing perfume and couture.' And by focusing on that, he delivered."
Kanye West
Jackson Lee\/Splash News
"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 fu--king with you, and the world, the entire time."
Kanye West
"I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
Kanye West, 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, VMA
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"I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollar because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus."
Kanye West, Blond Hair
JosiahW \/ AKM-GSI
"I don't think there's a living celebrity with more weapons formed against him, but I don't think there's one more prosperous."
Kanye West, Coachella 2011
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"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."
Kanye West
"When you're the absolute best, you get hated on the most."
Kanye West, Concert
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"You see Raf Simons right there, you see Helmut, you see Margiela, you see Vanessa [Beecroft], you see Katharine Hamnett. It's blatantly right there. I'm not going to try and act like I was influenced by a f--king dog walking down the street that broke its ankle that I had a heartfelt discussion with."
Kanye West, NYFW
Craig Barritt\/Getty Images
"I went to my grandfather's funeral and my cousin stood up and told this story about how he won best-dressed in high school because his mom was a tailor...And I looked to the left of me and the lady was just... this person that was sitting to the left side of me was both nice and chic. And to the right side, this person was also extremely nice and chic and a real person in Oklahoma City. And I looked at the entire funeral and I said to myself, ‘This looks just as good, if not better than fashion shows that I go to in Paris.'"
Kanye West, 2008 Grammy Awards
Michael Caulfield\/WireImage
"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
Kanye West
 "I don't want to say these really big over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted."
Kanye West
All Access Photo \/ Splash News
"Bad taste is vulgar. The world as a whole is f--king ugly. And the internet too. But I'm not in the construction business."
Kanye West, Yeezus Tour
Ronin 47\/Splash News
"Don't ask me what I think the best song of last year was, because my opinion is the same as most of America's. It was "Gold Digger.""
Kanye West
Sadao Turner \/ Ryan Seacrest Productions
"Trends come and go, but cool is forever."
Kanye West
"Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?"
Kanye West
"Anytime I've had a big thing that's ever pierced and cut across the internet, it was a fight for justice. You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, 'This is wrong.'"
Kanye West
Pascal Le Segretain\/Getty Images
"We brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said, 'No.' How many motherf--kers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?"
Kanye West
Dave Spencer \/ Splash News
"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. 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. "
Kanye West
"I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud nonreader of books."
Kanye West
Marc Piasecki\/GC Images
"If people are saying you're wrong, it's probably a good sign that you're a genius."
Kanye West, I Won
Epic Records
"I'm my favorite rapper."
Kanye West, MET Gala
Joe Schildhorn \/BFAnyc\/Sipa USA
"When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication—we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves—you don't think good taste."
Kanye West
Pascal Le Segretain\/Getty Images
"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."
Kanye West
Greg Tidwell\/
"Now, you know, Instagram is nice. It's nice looking—I'm not knocking it. But in general, everyone spends all of their time looking at their screens or their phones. Just as a simple task, we could clean that up."
Kanye West, Taylor Swift, VMA
Kevin Mazur\/
"I don't have one regret…If anyone's reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now."
Jay-Z, Kanye West
Wagner AZ\/AKM-GSI
"I've been brought up in this way—I think I can't work with anyone that isn't number one: Jay Z, Kim, Obama, Apple is one, Samsung isn't."
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Wedding Exclusive
"We worked on our wedding photo for four days until it was good enough for Instagram."

Happy birthday, 'Ye!
Here's to many more quotable moments from the one and only Kanye West in the years.

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