1. I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.
2. I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.
3. For me, money is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success.
4. I have decided in 2020 to run for president.
5. Why, if someone is good in one field can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?
6. I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.
7. Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet.
8. Fashion is merely an opinion. And I’ve got a lot of opinions.
9. We came into a broken world. And we’re the cleanup crew.
10. I don’t know what’s better gettin’ laid or gettin’ paid.
11. We all self-conscious. I’m just the first to admit it.
12. George Bush doesn’t care about black people.
13. I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh.
14. Blacks, especially in America, have been raised with a slave mentality – they don’t feel that they have the right to speak as loud as possible.
15. Nothing in life is promised except death.
16. If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. a lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.
17. I ain’t here to argue about his facial features. Or here to convert atheists into believers. I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way yall need Jesus.
18. I know I got angels watchin me from the other side.
19. They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, video tapes, but if I talk about God my record won’t get played Huh?
20. This dark diction has become America’s addiction.
21. If you see a black family, it’s looting, but if it’s a white family they are looking for food.
22. If you see a black family, it’s looting, but if it’s a white family they are looking for food.
23. People always say that you can’t please everybody. I think that’s a cop-out. Why not attempt it? ‘Cause think of all the people you will please if you try.
24. It was a strike against me that I didn’t wear baggy jeans and jerseys and that I never hustled, never sold drugs.
25. But for me to have the opportunity to stand in front of a bunch of executives and present myself, I had to hustle in my own way. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was that they didn’t get that. No joke – I’d leave meetings crying all the time.
26. I didn’t want to play it boring and safe. I also didn’t want to innovate too much. Second albums, man, they’re even scarier than first ones.
27. I’m pretty calculating. I take stuff that I know appeals to people’s bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.
28. Black people can be the most conservative, the most discriminating. Especially among ourselves. It wasn’t white people who said all black men have to wear baggy jeans.
29. Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference.
30. The concept of commercialism in the fashion and art world is looked down upon. You know, just to think, ‘What amount of creativity does it take to make something that masses of people like?’ And, ‘How does creativity apply across the board?’
31. Fashion breaks my heart.
32. Thirty-three-years-old, still creating art. It’s rage, it’s creativity, it’s pain, it’s hurt, but it’s the opportunity to still have my voice get out there through music.
33. Thirty-three-years-old, still creating art. It’s rage, it’s creativity, it’s pain, it’s hurt, but it’s the opportunity to still have my voice get out there through music.
34. Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the raising sun.
35. I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.
36. I can always tell if a band has a British rhythm section due to the gritty production.
37. I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they’re looting, if you see a white family it says they’re looking for food.
38. I still think I am the greatest.
39. Know your worth! People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.
40. Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?
41. I am not a fan of books.
42. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.
43. I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.
44. Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed.
45. Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed.
46. I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.
47. If I was just a fan of music, I would think that I was the number one artist in the world.
48. I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.
49. I really appreciate the moments that I was able to win rap album of the year or whatever.
50. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
51. I would hear stories about Steve Jobs and feel like he was at 100 percent exactly what he wanted to do, but I’m sure even a Steve Jobs has compromised. Even a Rick Owens has compromised. You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes you don’t even know when you’re being compromised till after the fact, and that’s what you regret.
52. Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.
53. You don’t have to be scared of me, because I am loyal. Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.
54. I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka… and welcome to my chocolate factory.
55. In Paris, you’re as far as possible from the land of pleasant smiles.
56. Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.
57. Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.
58. I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.
59. People always tell you, ‘Be humble. Be humble.’ When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!
60. I’m giving all that I have in this life. I’m opening up my notebook, and I’m saying everything in there out loud.