Kanye West’s “greatest pain” is that he can’t see himself perform live

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Epic tomes have been written about Kanye West’s ego. In fact if you were to print out everything that’s been written on the internet about his ego, it would cause a decent-sized office building to cave right in. Just from the weight of the paper. I’m not even going to tell you what that’d do to the environment. But it’s badness, all around.

So just when I get to thinking there’s nothing left to say about Kanye’s ego and we can finally let it die, he gives some great new quote about his amazingly awesome perfection. In this case, it’s how he’s so incredible to watch perform. And since no one’s greater, it really bums Kanye out that he’ll never be able to witness his greatness performing live. In fact, he calls this the greatest pain of his life. Damn.

Kanye West’s “greatest pain in life” is not being able to watch himself perform because he is “God’s vessel”.

The ‘Stronger’ rapper believes he has been chosen to have such superior musical ability and his only regret is being unable to see himself on stage.

He said: “God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God’s vessel.

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

The 31-year-old star acknowledges he has a big ego, but doesn’t believe he should be criticised because he always praises himself rather than slams rivals.

He explained: “I do have an ego and rightfully so. I think people should have an ego.

“Think about it – I don’t offend people, I don’t put anyone down. Do I name names or bring people down? That’s not my thing. But I give myself big-ups. I feel good about the music I make.”

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I was all ready to call Kanye out for saying he doesn’t put anyone else down. Because I remembered him saying something about Radiohead’s Tom Yorke last week. But then when I double checked, all he said was that Yorke snubbed him and it hurt his feelings. He didn’t bash him. Then I remembered that feud he had with 50 Cent, when they both released their albums on the same day in September 2007. But it turns out it was 50 who started it, claiming he’d retire from rap if his album didn’t outsell Kanye’s (it didn’t… and as far as I can tell, 50 didn’t retire).

Even when Kanye’ s been a sore loser at awards shows, he’s mostly talked about how he should have won because he’s so great, not because he thought the winner sucked. I’d never noticed it because the ego so grated on my nerves, but I can’t find any specific instances of Kanye talking shit about other people. That doesn’t mean his ego tripping is endearing. In fact it’s not much more appealing than if he did just slam other people. But he’s got a point.

Pity about not being able to see himself perform live though. I’m sure that can be remedied by hanging a giant mirror in front of him at his concerts. Considering all the narcissism, I’m surprised Kanye doesn’t already have one.

Here’s Kanye shopping at H Lorenzo boutique in Los Angeles on Sunday. Images thanks to WENN.com.

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  1. Holly says:

    Gee, I suppose if I’d lost my mother, my greatest pain in life would be that my mom had died. Maybe its just me.

  2. Enonymous says:

    He also cant seem to realize how absolutely UGLY to the bone he really is and no amount of expensive designer clothes, flash cars and millions in the bank can make him attractive. He has to pay someone to go out with him. Plus he is incredibly stupid on top of that. Why are people in the music industry and the public still tolerate his BS and have not allowed him to fade into oblivion is beyond me and no, not because of his talent because he has NONE.

  3. Gloaming says:

    He should count his blessings really,i wish i could say i’ve never seen him perform,he’s rubbish live.

    The Thom Yorke incident endears me to Kanye a bit though.
    Kanye considers Radiohead to be one of his competitors in the Music Industry LOL.

    Ahh bless……..

  4. Ash says:

    Yes, God chose you to be the vessel of stupidity. Spot on.

  5. elainebenes says:


    I hate this man.

  6. Wif says:

    didn’t his mother die not so long ago? That wasn’t his greatest pain in life?

  7. gg says:

    You know, I totally believe him. As much as he loves himself, he cannot hold and kiss himself and dig on his own outrageous beauty. :: GAG! ::

  8. gg says:

    um, also? Has he never heard of making a video of himself? Isn’t he the one that carries a bag full of pr0n videos everywhere he goes, or is that Daff Piddy?

  9. Codzilla says:

    This is all a big joke, right? No one could ever be this stupid.

  10. czarina says:

    I don’t think his giant ego will save him when his career dies its inevitable death (one I guarantee he will never see coming).
    Perhaps he fools himself that his excessive pride is just being confident in himself…but he doesn’t have the humor or humility to give any real depth to his appreciation for his “gifts”. He is like a giant balloon–hollow inside and easily broken.

  11. Rreedy says:

    He hasn’t missed much, has he?

  12. b says:

    This guy is such a waste of space. Please don’t waste our time on any more “Kanye” posts!

  13. OXA says:

    This man needs a CTscan of his brain, I think there are worms gring in it.

  14. Lem says:

    I’m no fan of Kanye the man, but I think he knows exactly what he’s doing with the ego trips and sound bites from outer space.
    without all the controversy he’s just another music maker.

  15. Marie says:

    One of my greatest pains was seeing him perform live on SNL.

  16. Cari says:

    OMFG, he just needs to get the hell over himself already. Mostly everybody else is.


  17. Baholicious says:

    Doesn’t he know what ‘playback’ is?

  18. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    I know this is going to sound very shocking, but I think he’s desperately trying to make up for the fact that he has zero self-esteem and secretly believes he is shite.

    I know, I should get paid for such brilliant analysis. LOL!

  19. Baholicious says:

    No, anastasiabea, but you definitely get a gold star 🙂

  20. Judy says:

    I saw him perform and laughed my butt off. He cannot dance and he sucks as a singer. What the hell do people see in him and what the hell does he think he is??????

  21. DD says:

    well, if he had the chance to see himself perform he might lose a big chunk of his ego. Careful what you wish for Kanye.

  22. Polkasox says:

    A – I’ve seen him in concert, in his hometown of Chicago, no less, at Lollapalooza last year. He was okay, I wasn’t overly impressed.

    B – he’s not a musician. He takes old Daft Punk songs and raps over them. My 80 yr old grandma could do that.

    C – no matter what kind of talent you have, you keep talking like that, you alienate people.

  23. perpetua says:

    Is there a way to block his image from showing up when you come to this website lol. I wouldn’t have known he existed and now that I do I want a k.w. popup blocker so that all photo’s news related to him are blocked heh

  24. Toffee says:

    “But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” You’re not missing out on anything Kanye, trust me.

  25. nanster says:

    Can you say “douchebag”? This man is detestable in every way. I will be thrilled when he fades into oblivion.

  26. lway says:

    Cry me a river Kanye ….. you’re REALLY not all that, dude..

  27. MSat says:

    Marie, I agree on the SNL performance. It was painful! More proof that any success Kanye has is attributed to “studio magic” and not his chops as a live performance. Take away the attitude and the vocal effects and he falls flat.

  28. Zoe says:

    HA!! Awesome!! This is one the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

  29. geronimo says:

    Lol! @ anastasiab – think you’re definitely on to something there. His ego and stupidity is in indirect proportion to his ‘talent’. What a clown.

  30. the original kate says:

    and our biggest collective pain is that we CAN see kanye perform live.

  31. gg says:

    I saw that performance on SNL. He sings off-key. Very amateur singer.

  32. lisa says:

    Now here is a man who truly knows how to kiss his own ass. Impressive, yet completely a turn off.

  33. Jen says:

    What an ASS! I wish he would bring back that horrible mullet so he would look as stupid as he sounds. And his new “girlfriend” seems like a real winner too…
    Talk about winner – check this out –
    bigsuperwinner.com – HILARIOUS!!!!

  34. Ruffian9 says:

    Our greatest pain is that we can