Kanye West would list his occupation as ‘creative genius’ if he could spell ‘genius’


Here are some photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in NYC yesterday – Kim is wearing the same pink coat that she wore in Paris in September, I think. And I can’t believe Kanye isn’t wearing his leather jeggings. At least he’s rocking his new favorite steeze, those fringed booties. Anyway, there are some Yeezus Gems ™ that we need to discuss. Kanye is still giving interviews and bless his fringe booties, he manages to outdo himself during every single interview. In today’s selections, Kanye talks about 12 Years a Slave, whether he’s as artistically talented as director Steve McQueen, and whether he can spell “genius”.

*Kanye said during a radio interview: “People get mad at me saying that I am a creative genius, but it’s just obvious. It’s, like, factual. I would write creative genius when I go through the airport…I would put that on customs [forms], where you put what your title is, except for two reasons: it takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word genius wrong.”

*Whether Don Cheadle should have played Solomon in 12 Years a Slave, rather than Chiwetel Ejiofor: “I feel a little bit ignorant. I have to just like admit this like openly that when I saw [12 Years a Slave]—even now and then, as much as I have, like, creative credibility, particularly in the music space, I do have like two ounces of cheesiness every [so often]. I think that is part of my success, is my drops of cheesiness. When I first saw [the film], I even thought and said this out loud, that like Don Cheadle should have played the main character and like made it more popular. I’m not going to say who performed [the main part] because they’re both great actors. I feel kind of embarrassed about that now [but] I can own up to it.”

*Whether he could ever create something like 12 Years a Slave: “I don’t think my skill set is high enough to sonically create something that would be on the textbook level of 12 Years a Slave. I don’t know how to play a piano. Meaning like, I would have to be a musicologist [or have] a really high skill set.”

*Also, Kanye stopped by Harvard as part of the “DONDA Design Lecture series”. I tried to skim this Us Weekly article but I just couldn’t. As soon as Kanye says “If I sit down and talk to Oprah for two hours, the conversation is about realization, self realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you,” I just zoned out. But Kim did come with him to Harvard, and she even posted this photo (with the caption: “My baby speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design”):



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  1. bns says:

    He’s definitely a brilliant artist.

  2. Bianca says:

    “She asked me how to spell ‘orange’”

    • Kim says:

      Uh someone asked him questions and he answered them. How… dare he?

      • Kasey says:

        ^THIS. The fact of the matter is when he opens his brilliant mouth and utters creative words of genius the rest of us mere mortals can’t understand it’s because someone thought it’d be a brilyant idea to have him give discourse. I’m still never altogether sure if they’re expecting to drum up interest/attention in anticipating him saying something that will finally be entirely intelligible or further bouts of drivel for comic fodder.

        That being said, I kinda get Kanye. I think his whole god-complex IS because he has this insatiable desire to create things (which I think mostly explains his making KK into a living doll-project, his rumored “orchestration” of media surrounding North and perhaps even cutie-pie North’s existence). I mean he was created to be productive and fruitful but the thing is somewhere along the line he’s lost touch with the reality of his limitations and has grown so proud he refuses to acknowledge that EVERY idea of his isn’t the best, when someone doesn’t agree or offers criticism it might actually be helpful and not stemming from their jealousy or ignorance and that he CAN’T be God and that kinda scares me. It’s great to work hard, its good to acknowledge your hard work and skills, it’s good to push yourself to achieve more but at the end of the day realize its a gift when you do. Tbh I thought that “I can’t spell genius” line was the most humble I’ve ever heard him attempt to be but now I think he was trying to be humorously self disparaging. Sadly his ego and thus far inability to be humble might be his ruin before he learns that. :( . Personally, I think it’s good to knock KK down a few pegs but I get the feeling that its not mutual so it’s based on her pride and ego in thinking his “work” on her can make her reach for some unrealistically attainable stars so she’s willing to cater to his creative genius. It’s great that he saw all her flaws and liked her none the less and felt she was more than her shady beginnings but he always has to make things “better” and I think when that gets old she may bolt.

      • Kasey says:

        I realize my previous post was lengthy just wanted to clarify that I don’t think KK will ever be able to erase her beginnings but what she does going forward may do a lot to downplay/help people overlook it. Unfortunately the problem w/ Kimye is they’re not of the mindset of “what positive and MEANINGFUL contribution can I make to society?” Music and fashion is nice and all but at the end of the day people are always more important. If either of them were to be less about their image through their work, attainment of goods, money, status or influence and focus on things that actually made a difference education, food, shelter, illicit sex industry victims and not in a “look what I’m doing kinda way” that would probably change them into more respectable people both in conduct and mindset as well in public opinion. Maybe being parents might bring them along and they’ll have each other to help with that. You never know, anything is possible. For North’s sake, I hope that’s what happens but it may be they stay the same and that ends up making her different from them. Sometimes the apple falls from the tree, a storm comes, splits it and blows it far away down an incline and a new tree might grow from the seeds of that experience.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    Sorry Kanye, I can’t hear you over the sound of all that fringe on those ugly-ass shoes.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ha! Hilarious.

      I used to hate him, but now I just cringe with a sort of pity when he talks. He tries to use big words and come off as such an intellectual, but he’s just not that bright.

      Also, it gags me when people refer to their spouse or s.o. as “my baby.” Don’t know why it bothers me.

      • Nar says:

        I agree. Kanye has been “yessed” so much that he actually believes that he is a genius. I also cringe a little. Next to Kim obviously he is one, but I wonder… How can he possibly misspell genius?

      • Ally8 says:

        I bet he spells it “genuis” (he gets distracted halfway through the word)

      • idk says:

        Even if he spells it wrong and someone corrects him, he’d just respond with some ridiculous excuse like “no I own the word genius now, it’s my word and imma spell it how I want to !”. Then he’d stomp his feet, cross his arms and storm out of the room while Kim follows him with his binky and milk bottle. God must be hard for Kim to take care of TWO babies lmao…just kidding, she probably has two nannies, one for North and one for Kanye.

      • Hakura says:

        @GoodNames – I hate myself a little for saying this (bc he’s KING of the pretentious douche-bags), But I don’t think it’s so much that he ‘isn’t too bright’, but that he simply prioritizes other things over it, & doesn’t see that as a big deal. (Which is ironic, since he Mom was an ENGLISH professor, right? Maybe she was always on him about that, & in his career, decided not to worry about it (that’s purely theory).

        (I also agree with Ally8 about getting distracted from such things being a possibility). He seems like the sort who’s mind is always going, never really stopping, which makes concentrating on just one thing extremely hard. He’s seemed ‘manic’ in a few of his interviews, but I obviously can’t diagnose him.

        DONT get me wrong, he is a complete ass in too many other ways to count. I just don’t think he cares about spelling or making sense to what he probably sees as ‘sheep’, more than ‘fans’.

  4. blue marie says:

    Ha ha, I can’t even be mad at his ridiculousness. He is always a good interview.

    • janie says:

      He certainly has command of the English language. I wonder if he ever reads some of the crap he says? I don’t believe he even knows what he says. SNL sure played them both perfectly the other nite. Wow! I think Kim has on a pink coat because she wants color in her wardrobe, since she’s only allowed to wear black or white.

  5. Soccer Mom says:

    If he is such a genius then why can’t he do something that helps under privileged kids get started in fashion instead of speaking to kids at Harvard. Be a genius that makes a difference in someone’s life. He sounds so stupid and uneducated. Her hair is awful in these pics. Looks like hair I’ve seen at Wal-Mart on some creepy people!!

  6. Hannah says:

    Does the thing about Don Cheadle make any sense? Or anything else he says, really?

  7. Kiddo says:

    My friend has a business card that just says “Scientist” after his name. I love that.

    As to Kanye, now I’m wondering if he simply didn’t know how to spell “Jesus” either.
    He is a big talent, but his ego eclipses it.

    • Hakura says:

      Agreed… & it’s gotten to the point now where it’s pretty much destroyed his credibility… Not only with the public in general, but with his peers in the music industry. Jay-Z held on for a long time, but once Kim entered the picture, it became too much for even them. I don’t know if his career can really come back, especially if he stays with Kim.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    Oh Harvard, what are you doing?

    2 ounces of cheesiness is nothing compared to the pounds of famewhoring he acquired by getting involved with the Kardashians.

  9. Kaye says:

    He reminds me of that old joke, the punch line of which is, “Pretentious? Moi?”

  10. Hubbahun says:

    At some point, you do have to wonder whether a serious mental health condition is at play here; the level of delusion is frightening. I’m not being facitious here, I’m genuinely asking. Because dude…you realise you’re not curing cancer, right? Point of fact: this is the man who wrote these lyrics:
    I am a god
    So hurry up with my damn massage
    In a French-ass restaurant
    Hurry up with my damn croissants
    I am a god

    Either get help and STFU.

    Rant over.

  11. YoungHeartOldSoulNewView says:

    I think he was being a bit down-to-earth and actually even honest…he is certainly NOT a musicologist, he IS cheesy, and the fact that I can’t really tell whether or not he was being serious or pulling our legs with that “it takes too long to write ‘genius’” stuff shows me either is humor is of the drierst consistency or I’m too slow to figure out the difference. He just might be a creative genius after all

    ETA: Pleeeease do a review of his latest video featuring Kim! I would love to rip it apart with you all, over some creative genius tea of course

  12. Monkey Towz says:

    The true test of genius is the ability to incorporate the word “like” into every sentence. So, yes Kanye, you & your girl are Genius!
    And your shoes & teal colored pants are stupid.

  13. Jayna says:

    If you haven’t see the fantastic spoof on Kimye from this past Saturday, you have to see it.


  14. Buckwild says:

    Oh god. This frothing at the mouth psycho and that baby-voiced dimwit at Harvard…

  15. my.comment says:

    oy…. so he speaks at a design school where the audience is supposed to hang out on the staircase.. one would think that would be a safety issue and someone so in tune with architected would understand that…

  16. yehyeh says:

    by the way kaiser might need to have a post on this http://necolebitchie.com/2013/11/18/exclusive-drake-spotted-on-a-romantic-dinner-date-with-zoe-kravitz/

    drake and zoe kravitz… e canada also spotted them together last month apparently with plenty PDA https://twitter.com/ETCanada/status/395994789432131584

    drake been crushing on her for years even when he was still on his tv show, i guess the fact thats she is pretty, cool, black and jewish like him also helps haha.


    we might have a new emo rap couple on our hands lol

  17. yeahright says:

    I imagine it would be very hard to be in a relationship with him. He’d run you over, stuff you in a box, eat your personality, make you forget everything you loved. Kim will be done with him soon, right now she thinks she is being humble and supportive of someone she loves but she’s got too much of an ego to let it be squashed for long.

  18. Dawn says:

    The fact that Harvard asked him to speak says more about Harvard than Kanye West. This man can’t put two sentences together that sound coherent and designs nothing he just looks at what other’s design and says yes or no. Get real world this guy is a fake and a phony. If he really wants to be taken seriously the dude would learn to read and speak intelligently instead of taking the lazy route by getting press for all the wrong reasons and then sounding like a complete idiot when he opens his mouth. For someone who doesn’t want press he sure gets a lot for doing little to nothing.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      Well said dawn, I guess Harvard will next invite Toby Keith to discuss the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act; I can’t even dislike Kanye he’s so stupid and foolish; Kanye is yet another example of why the political and social ramblings of celebutards should be taken with a grain of salt. They really have no idea of what they’re talking about, like, ya know.

  19. tifzlan says:

    I understood not one word of his whole Don Cheadle thing.

  20. Melissa says:

    Kanye used to be so exclusive, now he’s becoming all tabloid-y and ridiculous.

  21. mar says:

    he is the the biggest eye roll out there- I do not remember any great artist from history speak like this.

  22. dagdag says:

    I am puzzled – creative genius versus uncreative genius? Food for thought, maybe?

  23. Paloma says:

    The title of this article says it all. I have nothing to add.

  24. smee says:

    I rarely think this, but……….Saturday Night Live NAILED IT this weekend. The Kimye Talk Show skit is amazing.


  25. some bitch says:

    Harvard just lost so much credibility in my eyes.

  26. Tx says:

    He is truly delusional. He says he’s the best rapper ever? He’s not even the best rapper alive right now. The more seriously he takes himself, the worse his music gets. This is what happens when a megalomaniac surrounds himself with yes-men.

  27. Relli says:

    Oh man not a word about his crazy rant on Obama?!?! That was weird. This like the 2nd time that he has randomly brought up the Obama’s like he trying to incite some type of rap feud with them. It made me think that Lucifer’s homegirl been whispering sweet nothings in his ear at night to join the dark side and finish my ridiculous feud I tried to start on my shitty talk show.

  28. The Original G says:

    “…..I have nothing to declare, but my genius.” Look it up Kanye.

    I hear you can get the T-shirt as well, these days.

  29. Tadlia says:

    Shame on Harvard for inviting this uneducated moron and even allowing his piece of shit wife into the premises too.
    You will never see a porn star and an egostical, useless rapper being invited to Oxford or Cambridge or St. Andrews here in England to come give a speech. Disgusting.

  30. HatetheletterK says:

    I think in order to be considered a genius, one would need to have at least some command over one’s native language. If Kanye comes from a place called Stupid Dumb Giberrish well then I guess he’s a genius. It’s difficult to believe he thinks he’s fashion forward with the fringed boots and the Members Only type jacket. WTF?

  31. truthful says:

    sooooo he’s ready to “Taylor Swift” the movie and make a big deal that Don Cheadle SHOULD have played in the lead…

    I love Cheadle but Ye is one bean short in his chili, smdh.

  32. Dani2 says:

    LMAO I can never quite figure out if he’s trolling or not. He’s such a hoot, dumb bastard

  33. Megan says:

    This fool…I can’t even..

    He is an idiot of the most epic proportions. Just watching him try to put sentences together gives me a bad case of second hand embarrassment lol

  34. karkar says:

    I don’t know who is more annoying Kanye or Kim. Every time I see Kanyes mouth open my eyes roll and Kim go home to you daughter. No one wants to see you @ Harvard.

  35. Angie says:

    UUUggghhh!!! Aren’t his 15 minutes up already???

  36. dcypher1 says:

    Creative genius child please. Stfu kanyei think ur music sucks and ur not creative at all ur just a studio rapper that does what ur label wants u to do. Ur just a dancing puppet. Ur so full of urself u narcissist. I can name a million artist that are really creative geniuses and u are not one of them. U wish. When u open ur mouth ur not as educated as u think u sound. U suck. And jay z too.

  37. Gretchen says:

    I..I just don’t understand what he’s trying to say.
    He should bring his own meta-Yeezus translator for all his interviews.

    Oh, and this gem: “I even thought and said this out loud, that like Don Cheadle should have played the main character and like made it more popular. I’m not going to say who performed [the main part] because they’re both great actors.”

    Ahh yes, because if you don’t say the name of the main actor in one of this year’s most anticipated films and guaranteed Oscar bait NO-ONE is going to figure out who you’re shading? What?

  38. Irishserra says:

    He lost me at “berfday.” Good Lord, someone just kill me and get it over with. This is what “art” has become today?

    Crap, wrong thread.

  39. Avlie Waldo says:

    He is so dumb. And he is not even one of the good rappers. He is only average and I would put him at B list at best. I am sorry but I just don’t see a ” A lister’ in this guy. Who considers him A list?

  40. tessy says:

    I’m not going to shade him for that, he could well be dyslexic. I know a few people with dyslexia, one who built up a successful multi million dollar business but can’t spell his own name. And another who is director of a big local charity and was unable to get past grade 7.

    His outfit on the other hand… those booties!!!

  41. lucy says:

    That coat doesn’t fit. If only she’d wear her dresses that big!

    I see a pink elephant.

  42. msw says:

    I cant help but feel like Kanye is a troll.

  43. Skye says:

    Is Yeezy under the impression we don’t KNOW who played “the main part” and that he’s somehow protecting the dude by not revealing his name!

    Talk about Witless Protection Program…