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The 12 Best Quotes From Kanye’s Shoe of the Year Acceptance Speech

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Kanye West is a never-ending source of amazing quotes. In case you missed his speech late last week for the Footwear News Shoe of the Year award, he turned an acceptance for an industry award into a full-blown soliloquy. Of course, his speech was loaded with Kanye-isms. Here's a selection of 12 of the best quotes presented without context, and you can watch the full "moods and vibes" award speech by Kanye below or read it here.

"It's cool to be up here with the three people I've screamed at most in the past year."

"I know you're thinking, where's my suit jacket? But if my wife's not here, no suit jacket."

"If you don't like 10 minute profanity-ridden speeches that end with a presidential bid, you can go to the bathroom."

"And after the infamous Taylor Swift moment, I sort of did a little self-exile, just to get away from paparazzi, have people not just fucking with me constantly. And the first thing I did was I went to Japan and it was me and Virgil Abloh, who has the brand Off-White. And we sat there and just sat on the computer every day with this idea of design and we designed on the computer so much we started to joke like, 'Hey, did you watch my jpeg?' Because it never got past the computer screen."

"You know, you guys are designers, you can put it all together at the end of the night. Or just feel free to talk shit. It's good to have someone to talk shit about. You know everyone is like, I just don’t want people to talk shit about me. I don't give a fuck."

"And I'm constantly concerned about what I'm wearing but it's hard to really get fresh in Hawaii because you can't like layer up and everything."

"Because I'm waking up in cold sweats every night being like I want to fucking draw shoes."

"The original talent budget was $500,000 and I don't know how I'm supposed to put a design team together for that, but luckily I was a multimillionaire rapper and I covered the rest of it. "

"So when I was at Fendi and Michael Burke had me and Virgil at Fendi, we visited Stockholm on the weekends, that was in my single days. It was fun, it wasn't too bad. And it wasn't as miserable an experience as some might think. My exile was pretty fun. What does Kanye do when he pisses every white person off in the planet? He goes to Stockholm and dances with more white people."

"I want a house equal or better than Calvin Klein's house in the Hamptons."

"My publicist is here, clean this up right when I get off stage."

[The same people that said] 'This guy, trying with fashion again.' And then look up and it's like, oh yeah, sold out at Barneys. And I'm not trying to rub it in, but yes I fucking am. But yeah, they treat me like shit pretty much. I'm trying to take it full Will Ferrell-level drunk brother at a wedding. Have I reached that level yet?"