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Kanye Hates Reading Books

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This is a bit confusing. In a recent interview, Kanye West reveals that he doesn't like to read.

He says, "I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life."

But the musical genius goes on to tell people that he's just written a book! And to buy it!!!

Just cuz Kanye doesn't like to read doesn't mean you $houldn't, right?

West is now the recent co-author of Thank You And You're Welcome. Though don't expect a long read. The book features only 52 pages, some of them blank and others just have a few words on them. He reveals that "This is a collection of thoughts and theories."

So, what can you expect to find in his book? Plenty of what he calls "Kanye-isms" which reveal his "optimistic philosophy" on life, such as "Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!" With another page that reads, "I hate the word hate!"

Adding, "My favorite one is 'Get used to being used.' I feel like to misuse, overuse or abuse someone is negative. To use is necessary and if you can't be used, then you are useless."

And Kanye wants to keep it short and to the point. He says, "Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed."

Kanye, self-absorbed? Never!

Though in a nice and very loving gesture, Kanye dedicates the book to his late mother, Dr. Donda West. He says, "My mom taught me to believe in my flyness [confidence] and conquer my shyness. She raised me to be the voice to allow people to think for themselves, to find their own way."

If U had one saying to share with everyone, what would it be?

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109 comments to “Kanye Hates Reading Books”

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  1. 1

    Kanye should stay quiet for awhile.

  2. 2

    Kayne is a stupid gay fish!Keep up the good work jackass.I hate your "Music" but at least you make me laugh{At you}!

  3. 3

    His music isn't that bad. But he is a fricken idiot, because he sounds illiterate and now we all know why.

  4. 4

    he's a fucking joke. he should learn to keep his mouth shut. pleb.

  5. 5

    you.. fucking… idiot. how does a creature like this get a microphone put in front of him and is allowed to spew shit at his will??

    you don't read books cause you don't know HOW to read, kanye. you're a fucking moron. shut your trap and get inside a studio and don't come out. that's what you're good for.

  6. 6

    "Kanye fuckin blows"

  7. 7

    What a douchbag!!!!

  8. 8

    Seriously, how can this guy be any more of an idiot?

  9. 9

    He needs to come back to this planet….. WTF!@#!!

  10. 10

    GAYFISH!!!!! Bet he likes fish sticks in his mouth!!!!

  11. 11

    he was right when he said lady gaga was better than hag-donna

  12. 12

    If you do your best, whatever happens will be for the best.

    Best advice I've ever gotten.

  13. 13

    my saying would be "life is too short, eat dessert first"

  14. 14

    he's a fucken moron - obviously he doesn't read or comments like "they just be so wordy" wouldn't spew out of the largest hole in his head. if his mother taught him to be the way he is, she is/was a fucken moron too. i don't need a wanna be rap star to tell me it's okay to think for myself and to find my own way - PROFOUND MOTHERS ALL TEACH THEIR CHILDREN THIS

  15. 15

    Kanye can co-author a book with theories (which I doubt he even knows the definition for), but he doesn't read? What a hypocrite. And here I was thinking that he was an intelligent music artist. Stupid me.

  16. 16

    What an ignorant jackass.

  17. 17

    Is it just going to be a book of his girlfriend naked? Because she is gross.

  18. 18


  19. 19

    He doesn't read books and his vocabulary shows it. What a dumbass. Does he use an "X" to sign his name?

  20. 20

    "a collection of thoughts and theories" "Kanye-isms" WTF!!! Isn't that what his Blog is for?

  21. 21

    where's the guy that shot him in the jaw when you really need him…….

  22. 22

    This self absorbed child is a complete and utter moron. Kanye probably doesn't read simply because he cannot. He can't sing either while I do concede that he does write a catchy tune but overall…….. a worthless being, a mother fuckin' gay fish.

  23. 23

    This isn't recent… he handed these books out at his concert in Calgary exactly one year ago. And it's all black with colourful words. I personally would have thought he would go more "artsy".

  24. 24

    That's why he's so stpid!

  25. 25

    He's ignorant and it's sad. He could learn and grow so much from reading.

  26. 26

    There was an episode of Hannah Montana where she said that she didn't like reading and caused children to rebel against it.

    No, nobody else seen it?

  27. 27

    This guy is a fucking douchebag! I don't buy his records just for the fact that I think he's an asshole.

  28. 28

    Having self-confidence doesn't make you a good human being.

  29. 29

    No wonder he's an illiterate retard.

  30. 30

    What an idiot. Maybe if he read more books he'd have a better imagination and speak more intelligently. And you don't get a book's autograph you get the author's, all who he just belittled. He's so stupid.

  31. 31

    Makes sense, thats why he went into the entertainment industry, he couldn't make it through school.

    As for the statement "I'm a proud NON-reader of books". Right there is an example of a MAJOR problem among lower income kids. Why would he be proud to be stupid?

  32. 32

    Ugh, I cant fucking stand him… hes just one of those people that need to go away and never come back..

  33. 33

    Well, I'd say live everyday as if it were your last! And, first people, than money and then things!

    Oh, and love him, hate him, say what you want about him but he's laughing
    all the way to the bank!

    Love that he dedicated the book to his mom! As it should be.

  34. 34

    Wait- wasn't his mother an ENGLISH LIT prof at university? I'm sure she would have been proud of this statement!

  35. 35

    this guy is mentally ill,

  36. 36

    i couldn't even laugh at how pathetic and stupid he sounds.
    i just..i dont even know what to say.

  37. Spot says – reply to this


    He's a poseur and his mom must be spinning in her grave - she had a PhD in English Literature.

    "West's mother, Dr. Donda West, was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as West's manager."

  38. 38

    It shows in his ghetto ass writing skills.

  39. 39

    He's an idiot, who would want his book? Serioulsy!?!

  40. 40

    I had respect for Yeezy until i read this post… What a fuckin moron…

  41. 41

    Chitty chitty bang bang! I wanna see yo chicken wang!

  42. 42

    The epitome of ignorance and hypocrisy. Could he have his head shoved any further up his ass?

  43. 43

    hypocrit. what an ignorant fuck. he really does think the world revolves around Kanye.

  44. 44

    he doesn't want to get "book's autographs"…hmm…well I don't know who he is talking to about "real life," but writers actually tend to autograph books. also writers are the ones who build his career: blogs, reviews, interviews, and BOOKS all about kanye. kanye the illiterate idot.

  45. 45

    As an English teacher in an urban city, it makes me really sad to see that this is the example young, and in particular underprivileged children, are given. Don't worry about school kids, cuz you can always grow up to be a douchebag rapper like Kanye. We need role models in the hip hop world who support and embrace education and view it not as a challenge to individuality like Kanye does, but as a tool, and avenue through which to discover oneself.

  46. Wingy says – reply to this


    Why am I not surprised that this dumbass doesn't read? CAN he read??

  47. 47

    Once again, he shows his extreme lack of education and pure ignorance.

  48. fiera says – reply to this


    my saying would have to be that Kayne is a complete idiot that thinks he is smart

  49. 49

    What a moron.

  50. 50

    wow, there's a real shocker.

  51. k-lee says – reply to this


    Kanye… Kanye… Kanye… you are lovely. Continue dazzling the world with your genius.

  52. 52

    ignorant, hypocrital ass!

    "so wordy"… oh, affected by being ignorant!! ASSUME THAT!

    i was kinda liking him but now he demonstrates to be plain stupid.

  53. 53

    Kanye is an idiot.

  54. 54

    What kind of idiot would actually admit to and be proud of not reading books? Just… WTF? o_O

  55. 55

    my saying is: DONT BUY KANYE'S BOOK.

  56. 56

    wow way to sound like a jackass. hmmm he should stop reinforcing stereotypes.

  57. MP says – reply to this


    This guy is an idiot. It's hard to believe he came from an educated woman like his mother. As for my sayings, the only person looking out for you is you. And a relationship is like a wave, ride it til it crashes.

  58. 58

    Good luck with him talking to Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Jesus, Moses, Gandhi etc. Now we know why he's such a whiny narcissist.

  59. 59

    That's just non sense, his mother was an English professor, I thought,sigh. I would need to read the entire article to get the context of the story not what you clipped for us to read Perez

  60. 60

    I wouldn't encourage people not to read.

  61. 61

    Jesus Christ, this guy is a huge douche. I hate him for how much he is in it for the money. Seriously, a 50 page book, with some pages blank! This is an insult to all the intellectuals who actually spend years on writing a book. Oh yeah, and he's a gay fish!

  62. 62


  63. 63

    Wow. That explains a lot. That's certainly not something to be proud of. What a f'ing moron!

  64. 64

    "musical genius"?!?

    Hardly. The guy is a hack.

  65. 65

    he's a closet gay and hates himself for not being able to come out.

  66. 66

    If I had just one short moronic thing to say, it is "Kanye is a total fucktard!" You go Kanye! Stand up for ignorance and unedumacation. Dumb is the latest trend and you are setting it. Way to go.

  67. 67

    Hello…I'm Brian Fellows!!
    "I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books."
    *strange uncomfortable pause….
    I'm Brian Fellows!

    WOW! The "intellectual" stylings of Kanye West…What a 360° TOOL…Yeah Kanye…you're a douche…just in case you didn't know

  68. 68

    The one saying I'd share is a quote from P.J. O'Rourke:
    "The world is going to hell. All we can do is look good on the trip."
    (BTW, that's a quote from one of them wordy BOOK-things: Modern Manners. :-) )

  69. 69

    i think i'm the only one to post with my fave quote:
    "If you have nothing nice to say, come sit by me!"

  70. 70

    wow, a great role model for african american males

  71. 71

    Mother Oprah must be disappointed.

  72. 72

    To each his own, just don't be a dick about it.

  73. 73

    I don't think this makes him a douche bag.
    He isn't hurting anyone but simply stating his opinion that he hates reading…

  74. 74

    HA HA HA HA I believe that correct adjective here is IGNORANT. Sorry Kanye your personal experiences do not teach you 0.0001% of what there is to learn in this world.

  75. 75

    Is anyone surprised???

  76. 76

    Kanye is an ignorant piece of shit! What great role models we have, and yes he should shut the fuck up once in a while.

  77. 77

    those books were passed out at his glow in the dark tour…i got two for free.

  78. 78

    What a dumbass

  79. 79

    haha, wow, you can tell he doesn't read. Not the smartest cookie is he?

  80. 80

    honestly; stfu.
    this man is a number one hypocrit.
    full of bullshit.
    did he really have to make that comment? nobody cares

  81. 81

    thats not a good thing you jackass

  82. 82

    Kanye (We assume he can read) doesn't mind reading his checking account as the dollars flow in from illiterate young people who look up to him.

    Set an example-your Mother was a PHD and that's the best you can do? Sad!

  83. 83

    Kayne is A DUCHE BAG!!

  84. 84

    Some people are simply unenlightened.

    My favorite saying is by Gandhi: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Although pretty much everything that guy said was amazing–as in, the complete opposite of what is coming out of Kanye's mouth right now.

  85. 85

    What an illiterate fucking dumb ass… REALLY?! I don't like to read!? Seriously you are a dumb ass. Kanye is once again the biggest douche ever!

  86. 86

    Re: sheba088 – I've always thought you are an idiot, and now you prove it.

    As for the rest of the comments… I AGREE WITH YOU GUYS, HE IS THE SHIT. THE SHIT WE LEAVE IN THE TOILET :) he should be ashamed for being such an ignorant/narccisist asshole.

    Anyway, i really doubt he hangs out with nerds like cientifics or writers who waste their time reading books. this idiot can't have something called "theory" if he doesn't even read. as someone said, he probably signs with an X. LOL

    Ps.- incredible… this time i agree with Perez

  87. 87

    I was gonna buy the book but you already have lifted the the whole published book in its entirety.

  88. 88

    Ignorance + Arrogance= FOOL. What a waste.

  89. 89

    that's one of the stupidest things I've ever READ :)

    books are a good method of learning

    does he not realize that not everyone is world-famous and rich like he is, and that not everybody can go around traveling and meeting people?
    yeah… idiot

  90. 90

    Once again…..Kanye has been giving these books away after his concerts. I thought it was cool Kanye gave back to his fans. I received a copy of this after his concert in Chicago last May 2008. It's Kanye for sure….but worth checking out.

  91. 91

    i hate reading if it's something i'm not interested in like in school….GOD it's hell

  92. hagen says – reply to this


    amazing how much SHIT emanates from those fat ugly lips………LOL!!!!

  93. 93

    my saying would be Shut the fuck up kanye

  94. 94

    What an uneducated loser.

    Way to set a good example for his young fans…

    People who don't enjoy reading usually lack any imagination.

  95. 95

    he handed these out last year in Saskatoon. The worst story in there was about how when he was younger he was teased for having bad teeth so he got braces and then made fun of other kids to "motivate" them to change. I'm not too sure that was the lesson to be learned. I think I threw the book out after that.

  96. 96

    I always think of Kanye as somewhat of an intellectual. Literacy is something that must be cultivated in all human beings. To think he hasn't discovered the richness of literacy is sad, and definitely brings him down a peg in my eyes.

    He is all about fostering pro-gay pro-fashion pro-quirky hip-hop. If only someone would come and promote pro-intellectual hip-hop. I mean in a big way like Kanye does.

    my favortie saying is not my own, i posted it yesterday, it belongs to Mandela or Thurgood Marshall. Also featured in the movie "Akeela and the Bee". It is really long, but profoundly exhilarating.

  97. 97


  98. 98

    Kanye is spent. He sounds like an idiot. Dude is beat - he should go take a nap and consider not ever speaking again. What a JACKASS

  99. 99

    my one phrase would be…"fuck you kanye"
    I seriously doubt that if I am no use to someone that that makes me useless, who says something like that?!?!

  100. 100

    Whenever you point a finger at someone, remember the three fingers pointing right back atcha.

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