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Kanye West's Most INTRIGUING Interview Yet: Speaks On Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian And Who Else, Himself!

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Kanye West has never suffered from a lack of confidence!

And it’s never been clearer than in his most recent interview with the New York Times. The Watch The Throne rapper talked VERY candidly, to say the least, about his aspirations, his public persona, music, and self-image. He even spoke up about his Taylor Swift VMA fiasco!

But it seems this star and father-to-be has no regrets and has ambitious plans to completely dominate modern-day culture! He's reaching for the stars billions, folks!

Ch-ch-check out excerpts from his interview …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

On honestly speaking out for what he thinks is right:

"Anytime I've had a big thing that's ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice… You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, 'This is wrong.’”

On wanting to set the historical record straight:

"I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things. So when the next little girl that wants to be, you know, a musician and give up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent and bring something special to the world, and it's time for us to roll out and say, 'Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?'—that thing is more fair because I was there."

On the Taylor Swift incident:

"I don't have one regret…If anyone's reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now."

On baby-mama Kim Kardashian and how he once helped her sort through her clothes on Keeping Up With The Kardashians:

"That was from a place of love. It’s hard when people read things in a lot of different ways. You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it’s not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get. Because I just see like, an amazing person that I’m in love with that I want to help."

On his pop cultural influence:

"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. "

On his trendsetting plans:

"I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus… I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: ‘This is the level that things could be at.’ So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”

We have to admit, these snippets took some time to sink in. There's just so much to talk about! Sound off below and tell us your thoughts on Kanye's interview!

Seriously, we're just too curious!

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96 comments to “Kanye West's Most INTRIGUING Interview Yet: Speaks On Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian And Who Else, Himself!”

  1. Debs says – reply to this


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    Ummm, yeah time to UP HIS MEDS!!!!

  2. Lauren says – reply to this


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    kanye is losing so many fans because of this attitude he has… no one will listen to his music if he keeps being an asshole, and that's too bad because i think he is talented, but his personality ruins everything

  3. Daniel says – reply to this


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    Who talks about themselves like that? its kind of sad and pathetic he needs to get over himself



  4. 4

    I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to live with someone who was so full of themselves - or why anyone would be attracted to such an inflated ego in the first place.

  5. macy says – reply to this


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    loll this guy needs a reality check… he's nowhere near being the michael jordan of music or even less steve jobs…

  6. Mary says – reply to this


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    Oh my. He should probably not do interviews. Reading this just makes me want him to fail so badly. He is so full of himself. I can only hope that having this baby will change him into a man who cares for others more than himself.



  7. 7

    I was bored the second sentence into his bs. Someone who talks so much about himself, it's boring and unattractive. I I I I ME ME ME ME I I I , **SNOOZE**

  8. karen says – reply to this


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    Kanye is just too much. I get that he tenders to his craft but somehow he has lost all touch with reality and being grounded. First off I really hope his album fails, mainly because DEATH GRIPS has already happened. Move to france, design a maternity line, and be artsy fartsy with fame whore kim.

  9. Patty says – reply to this


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    What a douche. Him and Kim are perfect for each other.



  10. 10

    HAHAHAHAHA. He sure is in love with himself. It's funny he "has the answers", I'm sure he's never even heard the question. IDIOT.

  11. karen says – reply to this


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    Kanye West is just copying DEATH GRIPS. simmer down dude , design a maternity line and move to france.

  12. Laura says – reply to this


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    Someone please wire his jaw shut again and keep it that way. Atleast back then he came off a little more humble. I refuse to buy anything he's involved with. He is a talented musician, but his head is so swelled with ego that he thinks he's the great and powerful. So again, please Kanye, wire your jaw shut again:)

  13. richsp says – reply to this


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    ARE U FUCKING KIDDING ME!!! FIRST, YOU ARE A RACIAL FUCK WHO DRESSES LIKE SHIT!! You dont look or talk like a successful person. You are fucking hoodlum or wanna be hard ass. Taylor S will make a billion before you do!! The JZ comment, WOW!!! You got a few nuts loose there!! Here we were hoping you would fade away with your kid and now you are warning us that we will be seeing more of you!! WOW!!! Hard to make billions when a LOT of people HATE( do not respect) YOU!!! Good luck from one racist to another!!

  14. TP says – reply to this


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    NUCLEUS?????? ARE you kidding Kanye..I think he lost what ever sense he had left when he hit that post

  15. nik says – reply to this


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    I am a minority but I like Kanye's music. Not sure about this album and the craft of it. Still trying to understand the message of the album. Does it have one?

  16. Charlotte says – reply to this


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    Kayne West makes himself sound like a complete a-hole. Cannot believe how self obsessed he is! He is delusional as to how much influence he thinks he has on modern culture.

  17. fid says – reply to this


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    Re: rosebud99 – Someone with a vapid personality that is most likely just as arrogant?

  18. fid says – reply to this


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    Kanye west is not the Micheal Jordan of the music industry because if he was nowhere to be seen I don't think many people would care. Also I don't think Michael Jordan was ever as douchey as Kanye. He probably has to speak so highly of himself because no one else does, like a person with low self esteem who constantly talks about how great they are. The reverse psychology isn't working!

  19. texasannie says – reply to this


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    what a complete tool. what a conceited piece of shit this guy is. NO ONE gives a shit about this two-bit hack idiot. what a complete tool.

  20. loka says – reply to this


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    Amazing =)

  21. dodgyend says – reply to this


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    I want to beat the shit out of him. Stay crying about artists who are more relevant and human than you gayfish. You are not that important dumbass.



  22. 22

    Re: fid – touche.

  23. Swedish meatball says – reply to this


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    I am surprised he hasn't started speaking about himself in the third person. Seriously Kanye, remember the difference between "inside voice" and "outside voice"?

  24. Wondering says – reply to this


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    This Wacko is always wearing those same black plastic pants….does he not ever change them? I swear, he must really smell….. (at least they look plastic, looks distasteful)



  25. 25

    He is so full of himself! I am really just left speechless after reading his response. He speaks like he is a higher power when honestly he isn't relevant anymore, maybe to the celebs but not to us everyday people.



  26. 26

    Lmao I actually LOVE his confidence. It makes me laugh, but I love it. I wish I was more like that and not fearful.



  27. 27

    He is "credible, influential and SO relevant" only in his own mind! Egomaniac waste of breath! He is NO Steve Jobs - never will be. He has no fashion sense. iHis only "talent" is trying to get people to believe how great he thinks he is.



  28. 28

    who buys his bs or his music? who really cares about his porn star gf, and are we sure the kid is his??

  29. tc says – reply to this


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    What the what???

  30. richsp says – reply to this


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    Re: trinigirl123 – If that what makes u laugh, feel sorry for ya!!

    Look up to someone else would be your best bet!!! Doesnt matter the color unless your a racist, bigot, piece of shit as he is! Follow along! STILL has NO regrets about walking on stage drunk on National TV and grabbing an award from somebody and thinking to himself that a BLACK person should have received the award instead!!
    Ya! Just like Jordan and the likes of Steve Jobs, O Please!!



  31. 31

    Kanye's biggest fan is clearly Kanye. By a looooooong shot.

  32. richsp says – reply to this


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    He is starting to sound like this ding dong President that EVERYBODY is blind too!!!

    Obuma doesnt want to be President,He likes playing the role as a President, PARTY LIKE the President, VACATION like the President, Did I say Vacation like the President? BUT DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT BEING A PRESIDENT.. HOUSE OF LIES!!!

  33. Natalia says – reply to this


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    Michael Jordan must be so offended right now. Kanye West comparing himself to Michael Jordan, HA! The funniest thing ever!

  34. snupa says – reply to this


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    i love you so much Kanye
    Love,
    Kanye

  35. daniela says – reply to this


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    idiot

  36. paul says – reply to this


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    he needs a psychiatrist



  37. 37

    [Part 1] This is so depressing. I feel that something has happened to Kanye to send him reeling even further with each consecutive album. Maybe the fact that he doesn't win across-the-board "Album of the Year" awards throughout the globe for every album he creates makes him get more and more angry and venomous. I bought his first 5 albums. I think they're excellent. However, I can't help but feel that The College Dropout Kanye West would be at least a little taken aback by 2013 Kanye West. His claims that he is up there with the greatest classical composers shows both how little he actually knows about music and his level of simultaneously terrifying and laughable arrogance. Comparing himself to Michael Jordan is ridiculous, and comparing himself to Steve Jobs must have been taken as a serious insult to Mr. Jobs' name and legacy by Steve's family and those who worked closely with him.



  38. 38

    Honestly, I think he comes off very insecure. It's like he's saying all these things so much because he's trying hard to convince himself that they are true. Either way he has some major issues and I feel very bad for the gilr who is going to be "raised" by him and her industry whore of a mom



  39. 39

    [Part 2] I do believe that Kanye West certainly makes some of the most interesting music under the "popular music" umbrella, but his ignorance continues to pave the way for his arrogance. Barack Obama publicly referring to Kanye as a jackass (*while in office*, no less) had to have knocked Kanye for a loop. I'm a little bit surprised that he didn't do some serious soul-searching after that. I agree with him that Beyonce schools the hell out of Taylor Swift, but a) award shows shouldn't be taken that seriously, and b) MTV should be taken even less seriously. I can't imagine that his mother would support all this behavior if she were still alive.

  40. nicole says – reply to this


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    What a freaking idiot…ur only relevent right now as Kim Kardashian's baby daddy! Get it together guy!

  41. Mandy says – reply to this


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    Is this for real ? CONCEIDED !!!!!
    Kanye, the only thing people love you for is for your sick beats. Let's face it, you're an asshole. You are not God's gift to humanity & I highly highly doubt you have all the answers. YIKES !



  42. 42

    Is this guy for real ?
    Kanye, the only thing people love you for is for your sick beats. Let's face it, you're an asshole. You are not God's gift to humanity & I highly highly doubt you have all the answers. YIKES !

  43. wack ass fool says – reply to this


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    ur such a fool!!!!!!! ur are NOT the michael jordan of music so fall back and u are not even close to a steve jobs…u would NEVER fall in that category!!! ur a loser with a big ass ugly head!!!! get over urself!! just cuz u got money don't mean shit homie!

  44. Sarah says – reply to this


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    I never thought I would say this.. but.. I feel sorry for Kim… or more so, their child. Why does he think he is so important to the human race? Did he SERIOUSLY compare himself to STEVE JOBS? Somebody slap him!



  45. 45

    People that talk so highly of themselves actually are the most insecure. They talk so big to try and make themselves believe the hype. Truth is that Kanye is talented but has gotten in his own way. He can't help himself. Sadly now he will go down as a reality, paparazzi target and his art will be in the shadow of it. Missed and unrecognized.

  46. kandycane says – reply to this


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    And losers like him are rich. And Jay-Z created that monster:/ what does that say about Jay-Z? If you hang with trash and support it you're not much better. Mase got out of rap because he was tired of the drama. Good guy (mase) llcool j, they don't make them like him anymore. I feel bad for today's r&b listeners.

  47. RainbowBrite says – reply to this


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    Between Kims ass and his huge head, how do they push their egos through doorways? This guy is a fucking tool.

  48. Shelby says – reply to this


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    No matter what you think of his music, I am not a fan of rap. you have to admit Kanye is a total waste as a human being. I am offended by his album title, his arrogance, and his inability to understand that his opinion is not the only one to matter in the whole universe.

  49. susan says – reply to this


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    Kanye , please STFU

  50. Dollymadison says – reply to this


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    President Obama said he was a jackass, right? Just add "psycho" to that. Psychological Jackass. Funny he calls Kim K an amazing person (huh??). So he's a psycho jackass with o taste, too. Man's wacked. And a liar, since he already apologized to Taylor Swift
    Hell, just leave it at–he's a JACKASS!!!



  51. 51

    He is an idiot and he really isn't that talented. I think his songs are lame.

  52. Dan k says – reply to this


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    What a tool. STFU, fool! Why would that newspaper bother to interview this asshole!! Pity the baby he and Kim produce. But hell, what if their kid is just like them? Arghh. And it says a lot about him that he's still trying to get mileage off the 17 year old swift when she won her first MTV award. What a trendsetting moment that was! He should just go where he belongs, on a reality TV show. But they probably don't want him.

  53. Lucan says – reply to this


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    Re: richsp – kind of,way off topic and your delusional

  54. Lucy Liu says – reply to this


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    I love me some Kanye, but now I think I have to distance myself from him. This just makes me sad and mad, and at some point i have to stop making excuses for him.



  55. 55

    He just set black people back fifty years. His arrogance is staggering. And on another note I think his music is mediocre at best.

  56. ANGELA KEETER says – reply to this


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    look up the word narcissist there should be a picture of Kanye West beside it

  57. Kathryn says – reply to this


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    Kanye west is a piece of shit…need I say more?

  58. MLC says – reply to this


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    The sad thing is, the way culture is headed, he probably does understand it a lot better than I do. I am the electron, & I thank God for it!

  59. Rachy says – reply to this


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    One word: ARROGANT. I mean people can speculate all sorts of celebrities that are full of themselves or divas, but he, throughout that whole interview, just screamed I AM GOD. Unbelievable, really, even for him.



  60. 60

    all i see is complete 'DELUSIONS' from a father to be who isnt there … hes the nucleaus of self grandeuring bs is what hes the nucleus off .. god help anyone circling his nucleus i would want to run just hearing that shit was he the nucleus when he banged his head … reality check

    ur shit
    ur clothes desighs are shit
    i dont know about ur music i think u got some talent yes
    ur impregnanted a fame whore and everyone is watching u not be there .

    sheeit does he live on mars??

  61. cindycindylouwho says – reply to this


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    He is a train wreck! First, he has no real respect for women. Second, I believe he is a gay an trying desperately to prove he is not. Last, Jay Z has more talent in his ripped off baby toenail than Kanye will ever has.

  62. Faebit says – reply to this


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    Did he really just compare his influence on society to that of Steve Jobs? Seriously?
    At first i thought Kanye was putting on a show, but now I think he might actually suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    I predict a melt down of epic proportions. At the very least, these unstable celebrities might actually spark a much needed conversation about mental health within the country.

  63. B Nikki says – reply to this


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    Re: Lauren – That's exactly right. I actually liked his music until he started to be such a douchebag, jeez!

  64. @v@ says – reply to this


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    He was rude enough to do what he did to a worthy recipient at an awards show, so it stands to reason that he also wouldn't have one regret.

  65. Team Kimmy K says – reply to this


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    What an important douche bag. I give this relationship 6 months.

  66. CLINTON says – reply to this


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    BOSS!

  67. lesabre94 says – reply to this


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    Archie Bunker said it best: "Oh why don't you stifle yourself!"

  68. lesabre94 says – reply to this


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    Just heard his speech at his preview — if he eliminated the words S–t and f–k, there wouldn't be much left. Such a waste of breath. He could be a positive influence if he would only learn humility and then folks might pay attention to his words and thoughts. Such a turn off and bad example for potential fans and those who try to be open minded about him.

  69. Lari says – reply to this


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    Can`t belive that he`s even more self-centered and selfish that Kim K.
    BUT THERE IS!
    They are perfect for each other!!!!



  70. 70

    The man is a total idiot. I consider myself to be fairly intelligent and I do not understand anything he talks about. Kim and Kanye deserve each other. Two rich idiots….By the way I hate his music too…..Just sayin.!!!



  71. 71

    He is NOT the Michael Jordan of Music! I read the entire interview & understand him a bit more, he is definitely passionate & has a lot of drive.

    He says he has credibility but he only though Beyonce should win best video bc she's his friend….It's not like he watched ever video & made an educated objective choice.

    When he interrupted that rock group I think a few years back, he was like, I haven't even seen your video, but mine was the best. You fking idiot, how can you judge something you haven't even seen? You speak of unfairness in the business but contradict yourself. You think it's who YOU like who should win, who YOU are friends with, YOU YOU YOU. But the music business is so much biggerthan YOU Kanye West.

    I just can't believe he actually thinks he's the Michael Jordan of Music. Oh please.

    He is significant, but not THAT significant, he is NOT Steve Jobs. *Facepalm*



  72. 72

    Michael Jackson is the Jordan of music you prick! And you're no fucking nucleus! WTF!? Now I know to NOT DEFINITELY SUPPORT ANYTHING WITH KANYE FUCKING WEST OR YEEZUS OR WUTEVA THE HELL HE WANTS TO CALL HIMSELF!! Im not even surprised that he's with Kim Kardashian cause she's just as self-centered as he is! Thats why they mesh so well!



  73. 73

    Re: sohaveiforyou83 – Great valid points! I seriously think that because his mother's death he went stupid. Literally. Ever since his mom died he's been out of control with his behavior.

  74. Xebioso says – reply to this


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    Kanye west is the black Chuck Norris

  75. A says – reply to this


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    I have a love/hate thing for Kanye. I like his music (at least most times) but I just don't like him as a person. He's so arrogant. I hate the stupid things that come out of his mouth. He has super high self-esteem…and while it's ok to be confident, its not ok to think you are like the second coming of Christ. At least thats how he acts lol Idk…whatever I guess. I think someone needs to knock him down a few notches and humble him. I also think Kim can do better.

  76. Ash says – reply to this


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    Re: macy – I 100% agree. When I read that, I was like wow…not even close lol



  77. 77

    Some of these Comments though!

    I couldn't care less if Kanye has a BIG ego or not. I still LOVE his music to death. #goodstuff
    To be honest i don't mind the ego either. Kinda fits him and his persona!
    Just saying

  78. Nic says – reply to this


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    Re: richsp – Amazing. Great response!!

  79. Mrs_Bathscum says – reply to this


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    how did his ego get bigger than kim's fat pregnant ass?

  80. Michelle c says – reply to this


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    As someone self employed I know how driven and confident I need to be successful. I can only imagine how magnified that would be to achieve his kind of success. That said, are the country's publists all on strike? Access to social media seems to make their job impossible in terms of protecting their clients brand. It's one thing to be caught in the act with a photograph, quite another to open your mouth and sabotage yourself. Why isn't anyone pointing this out? Arn't investors tired of losing money when these celebs make comments without thinking of the consequences?



  81. 81

    Re: richsp – don't feel sorry for me honey. The whole Taylor Swift thing? Well his mom had just died and he made a mistake. He apologised multiple times. Moving on. Hmm I wonder how YOU would feel if someone kept bringing up your mistakes. Oh, that's right, you're 'perfect'. Yeah he's overly confident, and when he's an a$$ hole I'll call him one. But there's nothing wrong in believing in yourself.

  82. riisey007 says – reply to this


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    This site is racist and needs to learn to moderate comments!!

  83. Ariana says – reply to this


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    OMG this guy is so fucking delusional….as if he was the big shit…bitch please!

  84. Sh says – reply to this


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    Kane west. What a douche.

  85. Jane says – reply to this


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    He's an idiot.

  86. Jane says – reply to this


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    What a moron.



  87. 87

    This thug and Kim K deserve each other…. They are so full of themselves. I don't know what he looks like but she reminds me of the Whale Whore in the movie Norbit LMAO



  88. 88

    Kanye West doesn't know what love is and never will. He's nothing but a self centered clown. Just why in the hell this sham is ever talked about is beyond me. The guy doesn't even have the looks. Yes, he has the very unattractive looks w/ that square head, boarder line chubby and just downright common features. He's a joke. His display w/ Taylor Swift, which he has no shame, speaks volumes, the clown had no rearing or if he did it was in a barn. Go back to your sty Kanye.



  89. 89

    I just read the interview and he's running that tired old game of being arrogant and he can't even do that well.. That game is so played at this point. If he's really as self assured as he makes himself out to be then why is it he can't come up with his own personal gimmick????
    He doesn't have the capability nor does he have the proper management to see his game and draw his attention to it. He's nothing but a clown. And so so disliked except by silly followers & I doubt he knows that. He's way too into himself to see anything but KANYE WEST. A total joke.Almost amusing, almost.

  90. Danipants says – reply to this


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    ILLUMINATI!

  91. ye's associate says – reply to this


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    the blind item today says it all. He did cheat on his lover and his fake one too because he loves himself and doing the dirty.

  92. tiredofsocialmedia says – reply to this


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    Kanye West is a narcissistic Buffoon and I am so tired of hearing/reading stories about him and the stupid things he says. When the POTUS calls you an jack ass you need to go and sit down somewhere!!!

  93. holly says – reply to this


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    as ray romano once said on ~everybody loves raymond~ "you're an idiot wrapped in a moron" and i think the quote fits kanye very nicely.

    i wonder if his arrogance came from his success, or if he was always so self involved!

    run kim run…..

  94. me says – reply to this


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    What an ASS

  95. Me says – reply to this


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    PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS CORRECT- KANYE IS A JACKASS!

  96. Lola says – reply to this


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    Douc__Ba_! I'll never get the two minutes it took to read his nonsense back. Shame on me for wasting that much time!