Kanye West

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Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈkʰɑːn.jeɪ/) (born June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois.


  • If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate their moment until it's passed.
    • 2005 Grammy acceptance speech
  • I know everybody asked me the question, they wanted to know, 'What, Kan, I know he's gonna wile out, I know he's gonna do something crazy.' Everybody wanted to know what I would do, if I didn't win... I guess we'll never know!
    • 2005 Grammy acceptance speech
  • I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, 'They're looting.' You see a white family, it says, 'They're looking for food.'
    • Live NBC’s “A Concert for Hurricane Relief“ on September. 2, 2005
  • George Bush doesn't care about black people.
    • Live on NBC’s “A Concert for Hurricane Relief“ on September 2 2005
  • I am Warhol. I am the number 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google.
    • 2013 Interview[1]
  • The music and the clothing are just as important. That's what makes you hip hop. You show people that you're hip hop by what you wear.
    • 2013 Interview[2]
  • You ain't got the answers Sway!
    • In response to Sway suggesting he start a clothing company on his own. [3]
  • I hate when I'm on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle
  • I still think I am the greatest.
    • Accepting the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year
  • Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
  • I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally. [...] And I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.
    • Interview for Saturday Night Online [3:12]. [5]
  • I open the debate… The 2nd verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse of all time….meaning … OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD
    • Twitter, July 20, 2013

Thank You and You're Welcome (2009)[edit]

  • Know your worth! People always act like they're doing more for you than you're doing for them. Ask yourself this question, "Why would they do that?" Obviously, you bring something to the table for them to even do business with you
    • p.3-4
  • Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!
    • p.13-14
  • Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?
    • p.19
  • I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a "one size fits all" standard for happiness
    • p.22
  • I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it.


Damita Jo (2004)[edit]

  • And I'm a big tipper I don't need to be tripping?
    This my first Rolex it don't even be ticking
    This my first pair of earrings I can wear in the shower,
    Without them clouding up in half an hour.
    • My Baby, produced by Kanye West

Afrodisiac (2004)[edit]

  • You don't remember when you was my sweetest
    You don't remember I called you Reeces Pieces
    Cause it's no wrong way to do you know what.
    • Talk About Our Love, featuring Kanye West

The College Dropout (2004)[edit]

  • Ain't nobody expect Kanye to end up on top
    They expected that College Dropout to drop and then flop
    • Last Call
  • I'm the Gap like Banana Republic and Old Navy
    • Last Call
  • And I was almost famous, now everybody love Kanye
    I'm almost Raymond
    • Last Call
  • I'm Kan, the Louis Vouitton don / Bought my mom purse, now she Louis Vuitton mom / I didn't play the hand I was dealt I changed my cards / I prayed to the skies and I changed my stars / I went to the malls and I balled too hard / Oh My God is that a Black card / I turned around and replied why yes, but I prefer the term African American Express
    • Last Call
  • Brains, power and muscle like Dame Puffy and Russel / Your boy back on his hustle, you know what Ive been up to / killing y'all niggas on tha lyrical shit / Mayonnaise-Color Benz, I push Miracle Whips
    • Last Call
  • Man, I promise I'm so self conscious/Thats why you always see me with at least one of my watches
    • All Falls Down
  • And I can't even go to the grocery store without some ones that's clean and a shirt with a team/It seems we living the American dream but people highest up got the lowest self esteem/The prettiest people do the ugliest things for the road to riches and diamond rings.
    • All Falls Down
  • We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need 'em/Things we buy to cover up what's inside/Cause they make us hate our-self and love they wealth.
    • All Falls Down
  • Now niggas can't make it to ballots to choose leadership
    But we can make it to Jacob and to the dealership
    That's why I hear new music
    And I just don't be feeling it
    Racism still alive they just be concealing it
    • Never Let Me Down
  • My flow is in the pocket like Wallace
    I got the bounce like hydraulics
    I can't call it
    I got the swerve like alcoholics
    • Get Em High
  • My freshman year I was going through hella problems
    'til I built up the nerve to drop my ass up outta college
    • Get Em High
  • Told 'em I finished school, and I started my own business
    They say, 'Oh you graduated?'
    No, I decided I was finished
    • "School Spirit"
  • That's why I spit it in my songs so sweet
    Like a photo of your granny's picture
    Now that you're gone it hit us
    Super hard on Thankgiving and Christmas, this can't be right
    • Family Business
  • I woke up early this morning

with a new state of mind/ A creative way to rhyme without usin' knives and guns

    • Family Business

Late Registration (2005)[edit]

  • I know it's past visiting hours
    But can I please give her these flowers
    You know the best medicine go to people thats paid,
    If Magic Johnson got a cure for A.I.D.S.
    And all the broke muthafuckers past away
    You telling me if my grandma was in the N.B.A.
    Right now she'd be ok?
    But since she was just a secretary
    Working for the church
    For thirty five years
    Things sposed to stop right here
    • Roses
  • Jay's favorite line: "Dog, in due time"
    Now he look at me, like "Damn, dog, you where I am"
    A hip hop legend.
    I think I died in an accident, cause this must be heaven.
  • It don't gotta be Mother's Day, or your birthday
    For me to just call and say (Hey Mama)
  • How we stop the black panthers?
    Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer

    Who gave Saddam anthrax?
    George Bush got the answers

    • Crack Music

Blue Collar (2006)[edit]

  • Make black history every day, I don't need a month
    Ralph Lauren was borin' before I worn him.
    • Brand New, featuring and produced by Kanye West

Graduation (2007)[edit]

  • And the weather so breezy/Man why can't life always be this easy?
    • Flashing Lights
  • People talking shit but when the shit hits the fan, everything I'm not made me everything I am.
    • Everything I Am

808s & Heartbreak (2008)[edit]

  • Last night I saw you in my dreams/Now I can't wait to go to sleep/And this life is all a dream/So my real life starts when I go to sleep.
    • "Hey Mama", Live Grammy Performance, February 2008
  • You spoiled little LA girl/you just an LA girl...
    • Robocop

More Than a Game (2009)[edit]

  • I'd give all the Grammy plaques just to have my Granny back/You know she had that bad hip like a fanny pack.

Above and Beyoncé: Video Collection & Dance Mixes (2009)[edit]

  • I had dreams of the game/Someday I'd play Kobe/I'd walk up to Puff and he don't really know me. Perfume Pulse Beyonce
    • Ego

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)[edit]

  • Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
    I guess every superhero need his theme music.
    • Power
  • Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh
    I put the pussy in a sarcophagus
    I'm living on the future so the present is my past
    My presence is a present, kiss my ass.
  • She find pictures in my email

I sent this bitch a picture of my dick

Yeezus (2013)[edit]

  • Time to take it too far now
    Uh, Michael Douglas out the car now.
    • I'm In It

Bible References[edit]

  • I walk through the valley of the Chi where death is,
    Top floor, the view alone will leave ya breathless.
    • Jesus Walks, The College Dropout (2004)
  • I wanna fly, I wanna fly
    I said I want my chariot to pick me up
    And take me brother for a ride.
    • Spaceship. The College Dropout (2004)
  • Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
    • Psalms 23:4
  • We still, pull up in Spreewells,
    The ice sends me chills, like Gold Member, I love gold,
    but what's the point to gain the world if ya lose ya soul?
  • For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with angels.
    • Mark 8:35-37
  • And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
    • 2 Kings 2:11

About West[edit]

  • With Kanye, the arrogant thing always comes up, but think about what that does for your ability to make art. He doesn't even question himself as to whether he can do it or not. He does it fast and good, and he doesn't stop on the side of the road to wonder if he can do it. ** John Mayer (From MTV.com)
  • The one thing I fear for [Kanye] the most is if you keep talking about being the greatest, people eventually are going to want to watch you fail. Those who crash and burn are far more interesting to watch than those who actually succeed.
  • It’s alright to say ‘bitch’ and ‘motherfucking' on the corner, but when you start operating on a different level you can’t talk like that. Fine, you’re trying to get some street acceptance. Now that you got that, get back to your roots. You know that’s not where you came from. You know that’s not how you were raised.
    • Ray West (Kanye's father) on Rolling Stone magazine

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