​13 wonderful quotes from kanye’s paper mag essay

The rapper throws shade on a 90-year-old embroiderer, says he aims to be 3-years-old and talks about “vibing out” on gas at the dentist.

by Stuart Brumfitt
21 April 2015, 12:40pm

Kanye has followed wife Kim onto the cover of Paper, and whilst she broke the internet with her oiled-up, booty-baring poses for Jean-Paul Goude, Kanye is creating waves with his self-penned essay on The American Dream (which actually turns out to be his World Dream). It's full of inspired observations from his very busy brain. Here are the highlights.

1. "The first thing I told my team on New Year's Day was, 'You know, people say bad news travels fast, but this year let's make good news travel faster.'"

2. "There's a lot of people who want to make sure things don't become a hybrid, but the Internet has opened up every conversation, literally and metaphorically. It starts as homogenizing, but this hybrid-ing, this interbreeding of ideas, is necessary for us as a race to evolve. (Thank God for Steve Jobs.)"

3. "There was an embroiderer at a fashion house who was in her 90s and she refused to give anyone her technique. She said, 'When I die, this technique will die also.' I think the opposite of that."

4. "It's funny that I worked at the Gap in high school, because in my past 15 years it seems like that's the place I stood in my creative path - to be the gap, the bridge."

5. "I believe that everyone is a fashion insider, because it's illegal to be naked."

6. "When you sit down with Riccardo Tisci at the Louvre and he pitches the idea of you wearing a leather kilt, which could be considered by all of your gangbanging friends as some sort of a dress or skirt, at that point you are now a part of the fashion world. You have paid your dues to be an insider. I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, 'What's your boy got on?' But there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past."

7. "My goal is to be as close to a five-year-old, or a four-year-old, or a three-year-old, as possible. If a three-year-old says, 'I like the color orange,' he's not giving an explanation to an entire world that can give him a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on whether or not he should like the color orange. I don't care about the thumbs-up or the thumbs-down."

8. "Right now, over 70 percent of my focus is on apparel. I haven't even given my College Dropout of clothing yet. We're still on mixtapes."

9. "I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator."

10. "I'm tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That's ridiculous. We don't run anything; we're celebrities. We're the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don't lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She's judged for who she adopts. Fuck all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!"

11. "I think the scariest thing about me is the fact that I just believe. I believe awesome is possible and I believe that beauty is important."

12. "When I was 10 years old I lived in China, and at the time they used to come up to me and rub my face to see if the color would rub off. It was really fucked up, but I feel like it was preparing me for a world perspective that a lot of my friends who never got a chance to travel didn't get."

13. "One time I was at the dentist's office and I was given nitrous gas and I was vibing out -- I guess that's my version of Steve Jobs and his LSD trip -- when I had this first thought: What is the meaning of life? And then I thought, To give. What's the key to happiness? Happiness."

For the full essay, go to Paper Magazine http://www.papermag.com/2015/04/kanye_west.php

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The American Dream