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He said what?! 21 bizarre Kanye West quotes

KANYE WEST: So he can smile!

RAPPER KANYE West has never been one to shy away from controversy, confrontation, self-celebration and he's never too far away from a good old rant - or two.

Over the years, Yeezy has managed to intrigue, bewilder and anger, countless people from celebrities to his own fans.

Below, we’ve collected 30 of the most bizarre things to come out of the mouth of hip-hop’s self-proclaimed genius, Mr Kanye West:

KANYE ON KANYE

"When I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes."

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“I might have some cockiness. It’s always a conflict: Maybe I’m more self-conscious than I am self-confident, and self-consciousness is what makes me ask 30 different people for their opinions. I overcompensate for my anxieties.”

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"I don’t know the days of the week. I just go to exactly when my appointment is."

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"Respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins."

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"I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things."

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"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."

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"I will go down as the voice of a generation."

KANYE ON HIS MUSIC

"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."

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"My momma taught me that if I was in a grocery store and I’m by myself and a stranger grabbed my hand, scream at the top of your f****** lungs. If I’m at an awards show and a stranger grabs my hand and they say so we’re going to use these moving lights, or we’re gonna play the music right now before we define the look, or we’re gonna cut the TV cameras in a traditional way. I’ll scream at the top of my f****** lungs.”

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"I am a black new wave artist."

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"As a man I am flawed, but my music is perfect."

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"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."

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"Rap is the new rock and roll. We the rock stars… We the rock stars, and I’m the biggest of all of them."

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“I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. I have to be in a way more grimey environment to turn any rap music on.”

KANYE ON RACE

"White people that listen to rap say n***er…in the privacy of their own home."

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"I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person."

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"No flip flops for black dudes. I don’t care where you at."

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"White-people food? You know what it is. You never ate fried chicken and said, 'This tastes white'."

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"There are people who dress better than me, just not many celebrities. I think I have leeway because I'm a rapper and I'm black. I think fashion people expect less of black people."

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“I think white people are allowed to say ‘bling’. They are allowed to say old-school black slang, like ‘hottie’ and ‘homie’. Actually, I do not think that [white people] are allowed to use slang until it is at least a year old. If you say a slang word too early, it’s like you’re trying to be black. So as long as the slang is a little played out, you’re all good.”

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“Since Barack is President blacks don’t like fur coats, red leather and fried chicken any more? When you truly understand cultural settings, boundaries, and our modern day caste systems, then you can feel the glory and pain from the days of kings in Africa to the new kings of the media.

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