There was no star more polarizing, provocative and omnipresent in 2013 than Kanye West. The rapper dropped his sixth album, Yeezus and welcomed his baby daughter, North, into the world. But the superstar got more attention for his over-the-top interviews than for anything else he did this year and for good reason.
Kanye railed against corporations, the fashion industry, Jimmy Kimmel and just about everything else that annoyed him this year. And he defended himself the whole time. “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 was! A god! I just told you. That’s who I think I am,” he told BBC 1 this past September. “Would it have been better if I had a song that said, ‘I am a n***a’ or if I had a song that said ‘I am a gangster’ or if I had a song that said, ‘I am a pimp?’ All those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a god, especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in and your last name is a slave owner’s. How could you say that?”
West had been avoiding the media like the plague for the last couple of years, but in 2013 he returned to the soundbite circuit in a big way. Yeezy was all over media this year, dropping Ye-ism after Ye-ism of pure unadulterated awesomeness.
So we decided to take a look at some of the best quotes from Kanye West this year. Prepare yourself.