“Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” – MTV Video Music Awards, 2009


“George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” – A Concert for Hurricane Relief, August 2007

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“They exploited Britney in helping to end her career." – Z100 Interview, September 2007


“The scariest artist in the game right now… the scariest artist is definitely Nicki Minaj. And I think she has the most potential out of everyone to be the #2 rapper of all time ’cause nobody’s gonna be bigger than Eminem. Eminem’s the #1 rapper of all time.” – Angie Martinez Show, August 2010


“All right, but this is your last producer question … ‘cuz I’m rappin’ now. Anybody who ain’t respecting me as an artist right now might as well just bash their heads into the wall just for being stupid. I say, just kill yourself ’cause if not, it’s gonna kill you for how much you about to hear me.” – Okayplayer, April 2003


"I believe Sean's story is one of the most amazing ever, 'cause he literally got signed off a freestyle. To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyoncé is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music.” – Listening session for Big Sean’s Finally Famous, June 2011


“It's almost like if a little kid walks up to you at the airport and is like, ‘Man, I love you so much,’ and then you spit on him. It’s like, ‘I don't know if I love you as much as I used you,’ as you wipe the spit off your face. But you still play their music.” – Responding to 50 Cent’s disses on Bossip.com, January 2009


“I used to argue with niggas in the barbershop over Ma$e. I really liked Ma$e. Now, as a rapper I like me. I like listening to my shit. I’m one of my favorite rappers.” – SOHH, February 2004


“I fell belittled to be classified as just a musician.” – XXL Magazine, October 2010


“I just like diamond teeth and I didn’t feel like having to take them out all the time.” – Vanity Fair, November 2010


"I was the best new artist this year, so get that other bullshit out of here." – American Music Awards, 2004


“Death is the best thing that can ever happen to a rapper. Almost dying isn't bad either.” – Time Magazine, August 21, 2005


“Grammys, they can "suck my dick.” – Show at Hammersmith Apollo, February 2013

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"The greatest pop figure of all time, arguably bigger than Jesus Christ, is Michael Jackson." –MTV, October 2010


“They don’t like Givenchy Kanye. They don’t like Kanye in a kilt. They don’t like Kanye in a relationship.” – Angie Martinez Show, March 2013


“My chick famous all off a home movie.” – “Clique” feat. Big Sean & Jay-Z, 2012


“I feel like she [Rihanna] is the most important artist in music and has the most potential. Her taste level and her age … she has the potential to be the greatest artist of all time.” – On Air with Ryan Seacrest, 2009


Fuck SNL and the whole cast.” – “Power”, 2010


“I will go down as the voice of this generation.” – Associated Press, November 2008


“I feel like I got my whole style from Ghostface. Listen to what I’m saying, I need that in print. I feel like I got my whole style from Ghostface. My whole mentality about hip-hop.” – SOHH, February 2004


“I feel like that – that I am the number one human being in music – and if I go into the studio I feel I’m going to make the most amazing song that you’ve ever heard. I feel like Graduation is nowhere near as good as I can do, but it is the best thing this year in music.” – GQ Magazine, December 2007


“I’m an artist at the end of the day and sounds are like my paints. Basically no one can tell me what to paint with and that’s the medium I chose to make these paintings with. I just really want to tell anybody who wants to say anything about me for using Auto-Tune and they don’t like it… Fuck ‘em!” – Clash Music, December 2008


“I want to be better than Elvis” - On Air with Ryan Seacrest, 2008


“We can teach about hip-hop history, we can teach about legends, hip-hop theory. It’s been around so long that text books can be written about it.” – DJ Booth, September 2007



“You know how niggas have bumper stickers that say ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ Our shit is like ‘What Would Jeezy Do?’” – Def Jam Conference Call, November 2008


“I look at like old furniture, because I wanna decorate my crib. Pianos. There’s this piano I want, but it’s like $135,000. I look at tattoos all day long, because I’m going to get angels tattooed all over me. And I look at porn. That’s all I look at on the internet.” – SOHH, February 2004


“Eat shit and die!” – Show at Rod Laver Arena, December 2008


“The thing is getting the point across, and I think in music, message and melody are the keys. It’s the reason why people teach you the ABCs with melody behind it. And 808’s & Heartbreak is the ABCs of life and relationships.” – Fader, November 2008

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“Yo, this your nigga, Kanye.” – While performing clean versions of “Good Life” and “Gold Digger” on a Delta Airlines flight, November 2010


“If I don't win, the award show loses credibility.” – MTV Europe Music Awards, November 2006


“Nobody really wants to recognize that Beyonce is a fucking living legend and that she is just as great, if not greater, than the artists that we had in the past… that she’s probably greater than Tina Turner.” – Press conference in New Zealand, December 2008


“Baby, you’re iconic. You don’t understand what you have.” – Amber Rose tells Vibe Magazine what Kanye would tell her, June/July 2011

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“At the point before the accident, my whole goal in life was to eventually be able to do nothing. Now that I see the type of impact I'm gonna make on music and the community, my responsibility is now to do everything for the fans, for the community.” – MTV, April 2004


“Yo, you like one of the Greek gods in this rap game.” – Kanye to Raekwon, 2012


“FUCK ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY I'M SICK OF YALL SHIT!!!” - KanyeUniverseCity.com, May 2008


“They tried to say hip-hop was dead. It’s ain’t dead, people just scared to make something real for a change. If you’re a real artist you put your life on the line for this. You don’t let nobody scare you.” – Show at The Big Chill Festival, August 2011


“I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes... Is the word BITCH acceptable? To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it's endearing? Has hip-hop conditioned us to accept this word?” – Twitter, September 2012


"If you're driving a car and you're trying to get in another lane, you're looking for your opportunity to get in this lane, right? My goal is to be on the freeway in a fucking plane. In all lanes at all times. The goal is not to cross over, the goal is to try to do the impossible. Like, for me to have a party at the Louis Vuitton store and then get in the car and hear Kay Slay playing 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' was the greatest accomplishment for me. That was like the airplane thing. In all lanes." – Complex Magazine, July 2007


“I look at me and Justin [Timberlake] like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.” – XXL Magazine, October 2007


“But everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of ‘hip-hop,’ I think, is ‘gay.’” – MTV, August 2005


“I want people to remember me the way they know Nike.” – Fader Magazine, November 2008



“They need more fur in this show.” – while sitting near the VP of PETA at Stella McCartney's Paris fashion show, Spring 2009


“I feel like my sport, my championship is the award show. And when I spaz out, I’m just screaming at the refs. I’m not trying to scream at the fans or nothing.” – Concrete Loop, September 2007

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“YOOOO WHY WON'T YOU LET ME BE GREAT!!!” – KanyeUniverseCity.com, January 2009


“The stuff I am saying is so politically incorrect – it is so not what an artist should say and not humble and stuff like that, but the only problem with all that it’s so not is: it’s so true.” – GQ Magazine, December 2007



Telling Big Sean he’ll be the “best rapper of all time.” – Big Sean tells MTV, April 2012

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“So when you see me you might always see me on some next shit like ‘Oh this nigga dress kind of weird’ or something, but then just keep in mind what I had on and look up two years later. Niggas gon’ be on it.” – Predicting his influence on fashion, 2002