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Oh Yeezus, the many opinions of Kanye West

There was a time when you couldn't walk past a news stand without tripping over a new Kanye West interview. Times have changed. News stands have basically ceased to exist, and Yeezy's a little more judicious about who gets to publish his thoughts. (Also, Twitter exists.) After reading his mind-blowingly wacky interview with the New York Times, we compiled this chart of his thoughts at various points in his illustrious career.

ON TAYLOR SWIFT
September 2010, via Twitter
I'm sorry, Taylor. We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly.

November 2010, to Hot 97
She just talked about how, you know, people would come up to her in the grocery store and really just bring it up, and she would defend me at the grocery store--I'm sorry, defend me in an interview, she said at her grocery store, she was actually defending me. It's an amazing, compelling situation. The situation is bigger to me than the Bush moment.

June 2013, to The New York Times
Q: But has that instinct led you astray? Like the Taylor Swift interruption at the MTV Video Music Awards, things like that.
A: 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.

Q: So no regrets?
A: I don't have one regret.

ON FASHION
April 2004, to Rolling Stone
[On his Jesus ring] I love the way it looks with the blue eyes, but I'll get too much flak for it. I can't explain that blue-eyed [bleep]. I need to do another one. A black one. Because I have socially conscious lyrics and I'm-a get flak.

May 2012, via Twitter
Just driving through the city and I see a few things I hate. I hate button up shirts with hoods. I hate hoods with sport coats. I hate sport coats with button up shirts, jeans and dress shoes. I hate khaki trench coats with jeans and off brand work out sneakers. I hate khaki cargo shorts. I hate big ass striped scarves. I hate long ass sideburns with line up RnB beard. ... All this in 5 blocks. Detest. #I'm on my snob.

June 2013, to The New York Times
You look at your outfits from five or seven years ago, and it's like--Yeah, kill self. That's all I have to say. Kill self.

ON HIS LEGACY
September 2007, to Rolling Stone
[Sings] "Everything I'm not made me everything I am." In my humble opinion, that's a prophetic statement. Gandhi would have said something like that.

February 2009, to Details magazine
There's nothing more to be said about music. I'm the [bleeping] end-all, be-all of music. I know what I'm doing.

June 2013, to The New York Times
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.

ON RELATIONSHIPS
September 2007, to Rolling Stone
Even though I will tell you mad [bleep] about porn, I don't go into depth about me and my fiancée's [Alexis Phifer] relationship.

February 2009, to Details magazine
What I feel like--'cause I wanna be married, of course--I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that `already flying and now we're just flying together' thing.

June 2013, to The New York Times
That's what I mean when I say like, "Yo, I'm going to be super Zenned out like, five years from now." I'm the type of rock star that likes to have a girlfriend, you know? I'm the type of soul that likes to be in love and likes to be able to focus.
 

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