Celebrate Kanye West's 40th Birthday With His 40 Best Quotes

By Dayna Haffenden | Jun 08, 2017 02:57 PM EDT

Yeezus lovers unite! Today is June 8th marking Kanye West's 40th birthday.

For his 40th birthday this year, he went to Bahamas with his wife, Kim Kardashian. Pictures were shared on social media of the "Graduation" rapper spending time with his model wife while soaking up some sun.

One thing that the 21-Grammy winner has been known for over the years are his witty, brutal, and funny sayings over the years. Hate him or love him, he's been very quotable at point or another. Today, in honor of his 40th birthday, we mark some of his best quotes, all from various albums and interviews. So let's get started.

  1. "We got this new thing called "Classism". It's racism's cousin. This is what we do to hold people back. This is what we do. And we got this other thing we got that has been working for a long time where you don't have to be racist anymore it's called "Self-Hate"; it works on itself. It's like real estate of racism. Where, just like that, when someone comes up and says something like "I am a god", everybody says "Who does he think he is?" I just told you who I thought I am, a god! I just told you! That's who I think I am! Would it have been better if I had a song that said, "I am a ni**a"? or if I had song that said "I am a gangsta"? or if I had song that said "I am a pimp"?" (Zane Lowe Interview)

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  2. "Woke up an optimist, sun was shining, I'm positive" ("FourFive Seconds")

  3. "This is not album of the year. This is 'album of the life'" (on The Life of Pablo)

  4. "Everything I'm not, made me everything I am." ("Everything I Am")

  5. "As kids we used to laugh, who knew that life would move this fast?" ("Family business")

  6. "Too many Urkels on your team, that's why your wins low" ("Dark Fantasy")

  7. "She Instagram herself like "Bad bitch alert." He Instagram his watch like "Mad rich alert" " ("Blood on the Leaves")

  8. "I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it."

  9. "I have this table in my new house. It was some weird nouveau-riche marble table, and I hated it. We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked. I realised that table was my ego. No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through."

  10. "I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means."

  11. "The plan was, to drink until the pain over, but what's worse, the pain or the hangover" ("Dark Fantasy")

  12. "We want prenup" ("Gold Digger")

  13. "I don't think there's a living celebrity with more weapons formed against him, but I don't think there's one more prosperous."

  14. "I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice."

  15. "Everyone's always telling you to be humble. When was the last time someone told you to be great?"

  16. "I sold my soul to the devil it was a crappy deal, At least it came with a few toys like a happy meal" ("Eyes Closed")

  17. "I'm not comfortable with comfort. I'm only comfortable when I'm in a place where I'm constantly learning and growing." (W Magazine Interview)

  18. "For me giving up is way harder than trying." ("Champion")

  19. "To use is necessary. And if you can't be used, then you're useless."

  20. "They say your attitude determines your latitude.."

  21. "I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in."

  22. "Taylor Swift beat Beyoncé at the Grammys? Beyoncé be dancing in heels and sh*t."

  23. "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time."

  24. "Y'all are acting like this ain't the most beautiful woman of all time. Wait a second, wait a second - I'm talking about arguably of human existence" (On his wife Kim Kardashian)

  25. "I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google"

  26. "For me, you know, I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it."

  27. "I don't have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth."

  28. "That's how interviews are! You say what you say and then you get paraphrased."

  29. "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."

  30. "Bought more jewelry, more Louis V., my momma couldn't get through to me." ("Can't Tell Me Nothing")

  31. "And I'll just blame everything on you, at least you know that's what I'm good at." ("Runaway")

  32. "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud." ("Homecoming")

  33. "We at war, we at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all, we at war with ourselves." ("Jesus Walks")

  34. "Do you have the power to let power go?" ("Power")

  35. "I'd rather argue with you than be with someone else." ("Blame Game")

  36. "I'm gonna follow my heart and if you follow the charts or the plaques or the stacks, you ain't gotta guess who's back." ("Get 'Em High")

  37. "What's scary to me is henny makes girls look like Halle Berry to me. So excuse me miss, I forgot your name." ("The New Workout Plan")

  38. "Roc-A-Fella chain, yeah that's my rapper style, Rosary piece, yeah that's my Catholic style, red and white ones, yeah that's my Kappa style." ("School Spirit)

  39. "You know the best medicine go to people that's paid. If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS, and all the broke motherf**kers passed away, you tellin' me if my grandma was in the NBA, right now she'd be okay?" ("Roses")

  40. "I have decided, in 2020, to run for president."


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