KANYE ON KANYE
"Respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins."
"I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things."
"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."
"I will go down as the voice of a generation."
"Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?"
"I am Warhol! I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google."
"People are going to look at this interview and say, 'I don’t like Kanye. Look, he looks mad. I don’t like his teeth.'"
"I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix."
"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. I just told you."
"I've reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting."
[On his impulsive behaviour] "It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness."
KANYE ON WOMEN
[On Kim Kardashian] "I just see like, an amazing person that I’m in love with that I want to help."
"Kate Upton ain’t Marilyn Monroe, Kim is Marilyn Monroe, you know that."
"I get to represent somebody I don’t think is getting represented right now. The regular dude: the guy who believes in God but still likes pussy."
"I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero."
"Look at the drive that people have to get sex — to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic ..."
[From Bound 2] "She asked me what I wished for on my wishlist… have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches?"
KANYE ON FASHION
[On his outfits from the late-2000s] "Yeah, kill self. That’s all I have to say. Kill self."
"If you don’t make Christmas presents, meaning making something that’s so emotionally connected to people, don’t talk to me."
"Don’t nobody care about what Obama wearing. You care about the sweatshirt I got on because I know you like, 'That sweatshirt rocks!'"
"No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at."
"There are people who dress better than me, just not many celebrities. I think I have leeway because I'm a rapper and I'm black. I think fashion people expect less of black people."
KANYE ON HIS MUSIC
[On 808s & Heartbreak, written after the death of his mother] "Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio."
"I am a black new wave artist."
"I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists."
"As a man I am flawed, but my music is perfect."
"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
"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."
"Rap is the new rock and roll. We the rock stars… We the rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them."
KANYE ON THE COMPETITION
"I will completely bow to anybody I respect."
"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."
"Look at Gaga. She’s the creative director of Polaroid. I like some of the Gaga songs. What the f*** does she know about cameras?"
KANYE IN PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS
"You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing." Twitter, 2010
[On his line "Everything I’m not made my everything I am"]: "In my humble opinion, that's a prophetic statement. Gandhi would have said something like that."
"I believe that utopia is actually possible—but we're led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. So in no way am I a politician—I'm usually at my best politically incorrect and very direct."
"George Bush doesn’t care about black people."
KANYE ON RACE
"I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person."
"White-people food? You know what it is. You never ate fried chicken and said, 'This tastes white.'"
KANYE ON CRITICS
"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.'"
[On a four star review from Vibe magazine]: "A horrible album with just Jesus Walks on it is a four! C’mon dog, the demo version was a five! You need to rate it again, but you’ll have to create a new rating system."
"What if you did music, and someone else could come in and change your words around and then release it to the radio? That's how interviews are!"
adidas has released a new commercial for "The Dream: all in or nothing" campaign, and the song featured in it is a new song from Kanye West. The title is unclear—although we have high hopes it's called "God Level" by the number of times it's said—the percussion and heavy hitting production sounds similar to some of the songs found on his last album, Yeezus. Towards the end of the song, Kanye says, "You see sharks in the water and they try to do nothing but put cocks in your daughter," a line as jarring as the production itself.
The video features notable soccer stars such as Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luis Suárez, Xavi, Jordi Alba, Mesut Özil, Robin van Persie, and David Villa. The players show off their skills (and shoes), set to the new Kanye song. "The Dream: all in or nothing" campaign leads into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil later this summer.
This marks Kanye's first official collaboration with adidas since announcing his decision to sign with the sneaker brand last fall. His first adidas collection is expected to drop in September. And of course, Kanye will be getting married to Kim Kardashian later today.
"My parents taught me that AIDS was a man-made disease designed to get rid of the undesirable people."