Ever fantasized about living life like a world-famous rap star?
In the decade or so since Kanye West entered the public consciousness, he's never been at a loss for words, becoming as known for egomaniacal interview rants and (possibly unintentional) stream-of-consciousness Twitter comedy, as he is for his often very good music.
But look closely at what West has said, and you'll see that between all the talk of being a genius, referencing himself in the third person and comparing his own legacy to Steve Jobs, Yeezy actually has doled out quite a bit of lifestyle advice, on everything from how to eat to furnishing your home.
In honor of Saturday's “Yeezus” tour date in Tampa, we gathered some of West's best Tweets, interview soundbites, lyrics and more to assemble this Kanye West Guide to Life. Follow it at your own risk.
On what to eat
♦ “French fries are the devil.” — Twitter, August 2010
♦ “I ordered the salmon medium instead of medium well I didn't want to ruin the magic.” — Twitter, July 2010
On how to dress
♦ “Well, fashion isn't always practical.” — Responding to a question about the sweatiness of leather jogging pants, which West said he had the idea for. — “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” October, 2013
♦ “I've put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn't put themselves in. Like what's vanity about wearing a kilt?” — New York Times, June 2013
♦ “When I visited Wayne at Rikers Island, I had a suit on with some slippers, and the guard said, 'Man, those shoes are amazing.' And I said, 'Yes, they are. I'm Kanye West.' ” — XXL October 2010
♦ “What I feel like, — cause I want to be married of course — I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. Se we get that 'already flying and now we're just flying together' thing.” — Details, February, 2009
♦ “I'm gonna play this Vandross, you're gonna take your pants off, I'm gonna play this Gladys Knight, me and you are gonna get it right.” — Lyric from “Slow Jams”
♦ “I hate when people email you and ask 'You wanna know something?' Of course but why are u torturing me by spreading this to more than 1 email. — Twitter, August 2010
♦ “They say I was the abomination of Obama's nation, well that's a pretty bad way to start the conversation.” — Lyric from “Power”
On furnishing a home
♦ “Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on.” — Twitter, August 2010
♦ “I specifically ordered Persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple Persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh.” — Twitter, July 2010
♦ “This one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration ... I'm a minimalist in a rapper's body.” — New York Times, June 2013
On appreciating arts and culture
♦ “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed ... I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. — Reuters interview, May 2009
♦ “I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.” — Radio interview, 2008
♦ “Who's seen the play 'Wicked'? I've seen it 4 times! Other than loving the music acting and costumes ... it's my story!!!” “The Wicked Witch of the West basically is so convicted to tell her truth when she does it she is outcasted by society and turned WICKED.” — Twitter, September 2010
On philosophy and existence
♦ “I am God's vessel. But the greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” — VH1 Storytellers, March 2009
♦ “We're all gonna die one day. So, live like that. Live like you could die tomorrow. You know? Go for it.” — BBC Radio 1, September 2013
♦ “It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is.” — New York Times, June 2013
♦ “It's funny; you drive a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, 'Who's more free?' You could be trapped to your possessions.” — BBC Radio 1, September 2013
On believing in yourself
♦ “I am flawed as a human. I am flawed as a person. As a man I am flawed, but my music is perfect.” — Performance at Atlantic City Music Hall, June 2012
♦ “I always feel like I can do anything. That's the main thing people are controlled by. They're slowed down by the perception of themselves. I was taught I could do everything. And I'm Kanye West at age 36. — BBC Radio 1, September 2013
♦ “Go listen to all my music, it's the codes of self esteem. It's the codes of who you are. If you're a Kanye West fan, you're not a fan of me, you're a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I'm just the espresso. I'm just the shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe you can overcome the situation that you're dealing with all the time. — BBC Radio 1, September 2013