June 12, 2013— -- intro: Anyone who follows Kanye West on Twitter is already familiar with his outlandish statements.
Now the rapper, who has out a new album titled "Yeezus" and his first baby on the way with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, has broken his media silence to bring us a whole new slew of outrageous quotes with his recent New York Times interview.
We've listed our favorites from the Times interview and beyond. Keep reading.
quicklist:title: On His Legacytext: "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 ... 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." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013
quicklist:title: On Being Confrontational (and Now Unapologetic for Interrupting Taylor Swift Mid-Speech)text: "It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013
quicklist:title: On Vanitytext: "The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013
quicklist:title: On His Fashion Choices Five Years Agotext: "Yeah, kill self. That's all I have to say. Kill self." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013
quicklist:title: On George Bushtext: "George Bush doesn't care about black people." -- during live telethon broadcast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 3, 2005
quicklist: title: On Bookstext: "Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books." -- Reuters, February 2009
quicklist:title: On People's Perception of Himtext: "I walk through the hotel, and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm f***ing insane, like I'm Hitler. One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did." -- Big Chill Music Festival, August 2011
quicklist:title: On AIDS:text: "My parents taught me that AIDS was a man-made disease designed to get rid of the undesirable people." -- Rolling Stone, February 2006
quicklist:title: On his Competitiontext: "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." -- Slate, August 2010
quicklist: title: On Being a Loudmouthtext: "I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation. Of this decade, I will be the loudest voice." -- AP, November 2008