Kanye West's Jimmy Kimmel Interview: 10 Best Quotes
The rapper covered a lot of ground -- including his "genius," knack for fashion, and why the paparazzi shouldn't feel free to antagonize him.
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel ended their short-lived feud Wednesday, and plenty of words were exchanged.
During West's extended interview on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, he expounded on a number of topics, including his own genius, the pressures of celebrity, and his frustrations with the media.
On why he went on a Twitter tirade against Kimmel:
"I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover, every skit, every single rumor in barber shops, everything that people feel is ok to treat celebrities like zoo animals."
On his genius:
"I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it. I know you’re not supposed to say that about yourself. I say things the wrong way a lot of times but my intention is always positive…I want to help the world. I want to make peoples’ lives easier."
On his ambition:
"Taste, culture, art, just the quality of life. This is what I’m here to do. So when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus…these are my heroes. This is the type of impact I want to make on the earth."
On his buzzed-about BBC Radio 1 interview:
"It’s really fearless for someone in my position to do….because most people just bow down to TV or these cameras. I couldn't care less about these cameras, I care about my family, I care about protecting my girl, protecting my baby, and protecting my ideas and dreams.
On Kim Kardashian not getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
They said something like they’re not gonna put my girl on the Walk of Fame because she’s a reality star. People are so dated and not modern. There’s no way a Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame. Its ridiculous old concepts."
On the paparazzi:
"And the way paparazzi talk to me and my family is disrespectful. We bring something of joy to the world. When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street. Don’t try to antagonize me. Because you know what, it’s not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I’m not from Chicago for one second. And think you can walk up and disrespect me and my family constantly.
On the one good thing the paparazzi does:
"You do help me get money, paparazzi. You help me show people how fresh my outfit is."
On his other passion (fashion):
I understand about quality, fabrics, I spent 10,000 hours out there. I dedicated my life to this.
On his fashion ambitions:
"I know I’m a hip hop, and I’m a rapper and everything, but I’ve got ideas that could mean something if I could put the proper production around them….So when I do the Nike Yeezy or a Louis Vuitton shoe, the production is the same as when I do my CD, when me and Rick Rubin or Mike Dean are working together.
On fashion's glass ceiling:
"Michael Jackson had to fight to get his videos on MTV because he was considered to be urban. This was Michael Jackson. So for me, when I’m in Paris, and I’m sitting at fashion week for nine years, and South Park makes fun of our outfits, and people don’t understand why we are there….I still can’t break that wall down. At a certain point, it’s like Michael Jackson trying to get his videos on. Who do you know that’s known more for clothes than me?"