10 Memorable Quotes by Kanye West

PHOTO: Kanye West arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit in New York.
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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.

On His Legacy

"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

On Being Confrontational (and Now Unapologetic for Interrupting Taylor Swift Mid-Speech)

"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

On Vanity

"The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013

On His Fashion Choices Five Years Ago

"Yeah, kill self. That's all I have to say. Kill self." -- New York Times, June 11, 2013

On George Bush

"George Bush doesn't care about black people." -- during live telethon broadcast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 3, 2005

On Books

"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

On People's Perception of Him

"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


"My parents taught me that AIDS was a man-made disease designed to get rid of the undesirable people." -- Rolling Stone, February 2006

On his Competition

"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

On Being a Loudmouth

"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

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