7 Classy Quotes From Kanye West’s Field Trip To ‘Rolling Stone’

Becky Bain | August 2, 2010 11:00 am

Kanye West is on a world tour, and you can see him for free—if you work at an entertainment news outlet or social media networking company. ‘Ye stopped by the offices of Rolling Stone dressed like a Reservoir Dog, spontaneously rapping a cappella and spouting esoteric pontifications about the nature of art and the artist. Although his Twitter feed might be mock-worthy, it’s hard not to fall for West’s enthusiasm when you hear him articulately convey how excited he is about, well, just about everything he does. Catch the video below, and West’s seven classiest quotes from his two-hour visit to RS.


*”Everyone says all great art comes from pain, but I think my great art comes from excitement and joy.”

*On elevating the art form of rap: “Is it poetry? is it spoken word? Is it a speech? One of my favorites is: ‘You’re my devil, you’re my angel, you’re my heaven, you’re my hell / You’re my now, you’re my forever, you’re my freedom, you’re my jail / You’re my lies, you’re my truth, you’re my war, you’re my truce / You’re my questions, you’re my proof, you’re my stress, you’re my masseuse.'”

*”It’s not cool for no one to hear shit anymore. That’s the hipster justification of failure.”

*”There’s people throughout history that their responsibility is to be conveyors of truth onto the next generation… I feel like I’m that type of person.”

*”I feel like artists take their lives too seriously or not seriously enough.”

*”People fall short of the greatness of rock and roll. They’re all scared. Everybody is a fucking pussy. And everyone who could be a real rock star is just fucking scared.”

*”Rock stars just get scared and just run away from popular culture. It takes so much for me and Eminem to come back and embrace [it] and say, ‘You know what? We have to deliver this on a major level to make a difference.'”

One person who may not be so excited about Kanye’s pop culture takeover is Steven Holmes, randomly selected to be the one Twitter user Kanye is following. “This has been completely surreal and I really have no desire for this attention i’m just a normal person” Holmes tweeted today, after racking up more than 2,000 followers due to West’s sign of approval.

Maybe Holmes should share a cup of tea with the one woman Conan O’Brien is following? Now that would be a meet-cute story to tell the grandkids.