Kanye West is known for his bizarre outbursts, and his latest might just be our favourite yet.
The rapper appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote his new album but ended up launching a seven-minute tirade where he tackled everything from bullying, fashion and “being real”.
Host Ellen could do nothing but sit in stunned silence as Kanye talked about “helping people” and at one point said he was shaking due to his passion for the subject.
When asked if he regretted some of his most recent Twitter outbursts, Kanye replied: “Nope. What’s the point in thinking?
“I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our 100 years better. Period,” he said.
“I care about people. I was raised to do something, to make a difference.
“I am an artist,” he continued. “I see sounds. I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life.”
We want to appreciate Kanye and all the crazy things he’s said over the years – so here’s our top ten.
1. ON LIFE
“I have reached the point where my Truman Show boat has crashed into the painting.”
Kanye said these wise words to Zane Lowe – he went on to explain he was “an expresso” and demanded to know where the culture was.
Perhaps Kanye has actually hurt his head in a boating accident? Or he needed an expresso? We’re not too sure but whatever it is, the interview was not up there with Frost/Nixon.
2. ON WAR
“I was wearing like, a Juicy Couture men’s polo shirt. We weren’t there, like, ready for war”
Kanye loves his fashion and he knows all soldiers should be properly attired. Good for you Kanye!
3. ON FAITH
“I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connector.”
God bless Kanye and all who sail in him.
Kanye loves a good nautical metaphor for the almighty one. Messiah complex anyone?
4. ON VISION:
“Whether I’m at a dinner with Anna Wintour or a listening party with Pusha T or in Rome with Virgil (Abloh, his style adviser) giving Fendi our designs and getting them knocked down… we brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no.
“How many m*****f***ers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?”
Kanye eclipsed Fendi by designing the leather jogging pant – seriously the man’s talents have no bounds. And Fendi turned him down.
5. ON MUSICAL AND CULINARY TASTES
“I’m a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold’s for fried chicken. It’s all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything.”
It’s the small things for Kanye – he keeps it real with his designer clothes and high street chicken. Let’s just hope he got some napkins otherwise Kim will be angry about the state of that suit.
6. ON SEX
“People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex — to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl.
“If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic … “
Kanye West admits his drive comes from his… addiction to sex. Lovely.
7. ON R OMANCE
“I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that ‘already flying and now we’re just flying together”
Kanye is a superhero – but we think he means less of a Bananaman and more of a slick, gorgeous, all seeing one.
So is Kim Kanye’s superwoman? We can’t confirm her ability to fly but she is almost the most famous woman in the world for not doing much…
8. BEING ALL SEEING
“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”
Pretentious – you bet.
That’s why we love you Kanye – but you could get Kim to record a concert? We know it’s not the same, but just a thought.
9. ON RESPONSIBILITY
“I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.”
Tough times Kanye. This is what we call a FIRST WORLD PROBLEM.
10. ON FAME
” I used to have the Virgin music [stores], and I would go there and just go up the escalator and say to myself, ‘I’m soaking in these last moments of anonymity.’ I knew I was going to make it this far; I knew that this was going to happen.”
As well as being God, hugely responsible and a serious sex addict, Kanye is psychic too.
There is no end to his triumphs.