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June, 9

Kanye’s 38th birthday: 38 of his most outrageous quotes

Kanye West is celebrating his 38th birthday. The rapper, fashion designer and husband of Kim Kardashian is as famous for his personal life and his enormous ego as he is for his music, so what better time to look back at 38 of the big man’s most memorable, outrageous and downright shocking quotes.

Click through for Kanye's special brand of wisdom. You don’t believe some of these one-liners…

1. “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that's living or breathing is number two.”

2. “I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.”

3. “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”

4. “One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”

5. “There's nothing I really wanted to do in life that I wasn't able to get good at. That's my skill. I'm not really specifically talented at anything except for the ability to learn.”

6. “I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”

7. “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.”

8. “Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?”

9. “One of the problems with being a bubbling source of creativity – it's like I'm bubbling in a laboratory, and if you don't put a cap on it, at one point it will break the glass. If I can hone that then I have nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.”

10. “I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it.”

11. “I'm going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain. The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don't think that I would be one of the characters of today's modern Bible?”

12. “My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

13. “I feel that I’m very blessed, but with great blessings come great responsibility.”

14. “Kim doesn't understand what a blessing I am to her.”

15. “We worked on our wedding photo for four days until it was good enough for Instagram.”

16. “I just think that when my confidence meets other peoples’ insecurity, that equals ‘Kanye’s arrogant’.”

17. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.”

18. “For me as a dad, I'm supposed to be this musical genius and everything, but I can't work the car seat very well.”

19. “I feel like now I have an amazing wife, a super-smart child and the opportunity to create in two major fields. Before I had those outlets, my ego was all I had.”

20. “I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and the connection.”

21. “I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing. I think the world can be saved through design, because what is the most distasteful thing someone can do? Kill someone. So, good taste is the opposite of that.”

22. “I’m my favourite rapper.”

23. “People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.”

24. “I’m flawed as a human. I am flawed as a person. As a man, I am flawed, but my music is perfect.”

25. "I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero."

26. “I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.”

27. “Trends come and go, but cool is forever.”

28. “If people are saying you're wrong, it's probably a good sign that you're a genius.”

29. “I'm like a tree. I feed the branches of the people.”

30. “I'm doing pretty good as far as geniuses go... I'm like a machine. I'm a robot. You cannot offend a robot.”

31. “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I'm insane, like I'm Hitler. One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”

32. “When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication – we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves – you don't think good taste.”

33. “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.”

34. “Bad taste is vulgar. The world as a whole is ugly, and the internet too. But I'm not in the construction business.”

35. “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.”

36. “I've been brought up in this way – I think I can't work with anyone that isn't number one: Jay Z, Kim, Obama.”

37. “You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don't even believe anything that I'm saying at all. I could be completely ****ing with you, and the world, the entire time.”

38. “I don't want to say these really big over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted.”

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