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kanye-westKanye West. Odds are you either love him or hate him. The guy is a very successful musician, something on one can deny. But are his talents as great as he believes them to be? Talent and success come in many different forms and having one does not automatically mean you have the other. And in all fairness he has both talent and success. But there are people in the world with the same level or even greater level of talent and intelligence that will never see the level of success that Kanye has seen. I don’t believe his talent and intelligence are as exceptional as he believes they are. Could a “proud non reader of books” really be that exceptionally intelligent?

Here’s some of Kanye’s memorable quotes:

“I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go … I’m like a machine. I’m a robot. You cannot offend a robot … I’m going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain … The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?” — radio interview with Tim Westwood, 2008

“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” — via VH1 Storytellers, 2009

“I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.” — via The Wendy Williams Show, 2007

“Please corporations. Can you please support me, please? Me, Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice n—a now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please? Just for 3 million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a new pool in my backyard. So I’ll tell all my fans your shit is cool. And if they believe in me they should also believe in you … Did the corporation send the check yet? What’s my public rating right now? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? Are they liking me now? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing right? OK, cool. Is it OK now?” — show at Hammersmith Apollo, 2013

“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud nonreader of books.” — via Reuters, 2009

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