• Thu, Oct 10 - 8:30 am ET

5 Quotes About How Hard It Is To Be A Famous Genius From Kanye West On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Givenchy show as part of the Spring 2014 shows at Paris Fashion Week

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Givenchy show as part of the Spring 2014 shows at Paris Fashion Week

After a much publicized Twitter feud (and subsequent speculation that said Twitter feud was a publicity stunt), rapper/fashion designer/fashion feuding godhead Kanye West went on Jimmy Kimmel last night to clear the air. He didn’t, of course, clear up much–other than that he and Kimmel don’t hate each other. As for the rest, in typical West form, the interview devolved into a bunch of semi-coherent observations about the nature of being Kanye West and how difficult that is. Being really talented and rich is a prison! Like so:

“People are too scared of getting spooked in a way. Creators get beat up my entire life…I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self-esteem.”

Refuse he does. Also, being a celebrity is hard:

“This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover. Every single bogus skit…Every person who feels it’s okay to treat celebrities like zoo animals.”

But he’s not a celebrity:

“I was really vocal about a lot of things I’ve been doing over the last ten years–and the classification of, you know, just a celebrity. Because, you know, for me… I’m a creative genius. There’s no other way to word it. You’re not supposed to say that about yourself.”

Of course, even being a creative genius has its challenges:

“I’m totally weird. I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself.”

But he doesn’t even care about all this celebrity shit. He only care about Kim Kardashian, who is absolutely not synonymous with the toxicity of fame:

“I could care less about any of these cameras, in all honesty. All I care about is my family.”

And with that, West continued to be West. You can see the interview itself over at E.

(Photo via Getty)

What We're Reading:
Share This Post:
  • jaimie bisbee

    my Aunty Samantha just got a nearly new yellow Audi S4 by working
    part-time at home… navigate to these guys J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Sabrina

    Ok, if this is even real, and not another Kimmel prank, the major component here that makes Kanye right (yes, I dared to say it) is that he is ridiculed as being cocky, etc. because he is a black man who dares to say he is a genius in our white society. The Beatles compared themselves to Jesus, I don’t hear people ripping them apart for it. Hemingway was incredibly arrogant, wanting people to consider him a mighty god, and all I ever hear about him is how talented a writer he was and how revered his books are in our society. A white man (Jimmy Kimmel) mocking a black, incredibly hard-working successful man (Kanye) in the style that he did, is unacceptable. Afterwards, Kimmel joked saying that he was “finally in a rap feud” and the audience laughed. Making fun of a rap feud is essentially making fun of hip hop culture, a primarily black dominant culture. Kimmel even followed up by saying that he “has no idea what he’s talking about”, but he feels as if he has the right to keep talking? That is the ultimate white-male privilege in our society, and I’m sorry, but Kanye has every right to call him out on it.

    • paul

      because every time a white person mocks a black one its racism right? moron.