Kanye West Says Jay Z Has The Best Social Skills

Kanye West elaborates on his "creative genius" comment, says his "creative genius is creating around geniuses."

In a recent interview with San Francisco’s 106 KMEL, Kanye West revealed one of his motivations for partnering up with fellow emcee Jay Z for the 2011 collaborative album Watch The Throne. According to ‘Ye, while recording the album, he says he hoped he would learn a thing or two from the rapper he felt was the person with “the best social skills” at that particular time.

In addition to crafting his social skills with help from Jay, Kanye revealed that he also received help in that area from fiancée, Kim Kardashian.

“One of the reasons that I did Watch The Throne with Jay wasn’t just to do a dope album, which we did, it was because Jay Z has the best social skills of anyone that I know,” the Windy City wordsmith said. “Of anyone that I knew at that time. And I wanted to learn from him…Just to knock the edge off and learn from Jay. And then God has now given me another master of the social skills, my girl. She’s like the number one socialite in the world.”

Kanye further commented on his relationship with Kardashian and credited the paparazzi, who he’s had a number of run-ins with, for the couple’s influential status.

“I have never loved any girl other than my mother as much as I love my girlfriend,” said ‘Ye. “And I’m so happy to be with her, for us to live this life together. And with our relationship with God to be able to live forever in heaven together, too. And also to raise a family, a strong family…She’s been spending her whole check on clothes since she was 16, just like me. And that’s the reason why both of us are the most influential…I think me and my girl are extremely influential greatly due to the paparazzi.”

Following a Twitter feud with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at the top of the month to discuss his rift with Kimmel, among other topics.

When asked if there was anything he didn’t have the opportunity to address while on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kanye revealed that he would have liked to have spoken further on his “creative genius” comments.

“One thing that I said that I don’t think I hit all the way out of the park on ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ I said ‘I’m a creative genius [or] whatever,’” the Chicago rapper said. “And what I was kinda trying to say is like, ‘Don’t just look at me as a celebrity or a musician or this and that.’ Which there are creative geniuses that are celebrities and musicians. But I understand that I’ve got something more to give. But one thing I really wanted to help explain was the thing—my creative genius is creating around geniuses. Using creative geniuses to express. Getting out of their way. If someone’s more talented than me at stage design, at art direction, at playing the guitar, at production, at rapping, at anything that it is, I will step out of their way.”

During his October 9 interview with Kimmel, West referenced his interview with BBC Radio 1 prior to labeling himself a “creative genius.”

"I'm not running for office," the rapper said. "I'm just here to make good music and make people feel good when they hear my music. When I did that interview [with BBC Radio 1], I was really vocal about a lot of the things I've been dealing with over the past 10 years, in classification of just a celebrity, because for me, I'm a creative genius. There's no other way to word it.”

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  • Lucy Howard

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  • 614grind

    Jay seems like a condescending bastard to me, especially if you're not in his circle.

  • To y'all

    [Jay-Z:] I be trying to chill, bitches wanna fuck me Every little city I go, fuck me Shawty mustve heard, got the word, I move that D Had it by a bladder, she like "oh I gotta pee" Ran into a Rothko in my restroom Singer slash actress in my bedroom God I have the ticket for a walk through Everything that do is big I talk big money, I talk big homes I sell out arenas, I call that getting dome Million dollar voice, came through phone We heading to the top, if you coming, come on Im Flying out to Pisa, just to get some pizza Fly down to Jamaica, just to roll some reefa Sex on the beach, left love speechless They say that money talk, tell these other niggas speak up Whats up

  • us info

    kanye west wiki fisrt second third album great then he just went mad thinks he is god his music is crap now

  • nasirjones

    why does this p0rch monkey always need to associate the term 'creative genius' about himself..never had I read or heard dre or dj premier refer to themselves as such

    • MVX

      If you REALLY think they don't have such a high opinion of themselves, you need to reevaluate. Especially Premo has been known for being extremely arrogant at times.

    • Anonymous

      You have to understand b, he's a bigger celebrity than Dre and Premo. Most people outside of hip hop heads dont even know who dj Premier is. Dr. Dre is a lab rat who's only put out two solo albums in 20 years. Of course hes gonna have a bigger head. And if you think Dre doesnt consider himself a genius your trippin

  • Anonymous

    Kanye also revealed that Jigga has one hand all the way up his ass.

  • HOV

    you little niggaz ain't deep you dumb, you niggaz ain't gangsta you gum, I chew little niggaz hock-too, spew little niggaz, I can only view little niggaz like little niggaz but in lieu of little niggaz trying to play that boy, I phew phew little niggaz with the latest toy unlike you little nigga, I'm a grown ass man, big shoes to fill nigga, grown ass pants prolly hustled with your pops, go ask your parents its apparent you're staring at a legend who, put a few little niggaz in the they place before trying to eat without saying they grace before blasphemous bastard get your faith restored you're viewing your version of the lord god mc little nigga, applaud, or forever burn in the fire that I spit at y'all I rebuke you little nigga the meek shall parish, ill roof you little nigga, I'm a project terrorist, cute you little niggaz think you in my class substitute little niggaz soon feel my wrath, I mute you little niggaz you a little nigga, I'll child abuse you little nigga, I'm a ill nigga, now shoot you little niggaz go somewhere and play, cause the day I loose to you little niggaz, no day

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  • j

    Coming from someone who has the worst social skills is hardly a compliment. His 'first honest piece of media' interview was delusional

  • Rik Rozz

    TRUE STORY: Kanye: Hov you hav sum good soshul skillz Jayz: Thx Ye, U too Kanye: I dunt need soshul skillz JayZ: Y not? Kanye: Am a God Jayz: Gettin reel tired of yur shit Ye Comment If You Liked.

  • Anonymous

    Jay is has always appeared a bit socially awkward to me....Like the nigga always had money, but still felt he was ugly....I think Ye was saying Jay had great networking skills....

  • Boots is

    I agree. Kanye is garbage!

  • Boots is

    That sounds like selling your soul broh for riches.

  • Boots is

    Man, get off Jay's sacks! I never heard Jay speak a full complete sentence. Really!


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  • Anonymous

    I agree with Kanye. Jay has the uncanny ability to make rich white people feel comfortable enough with him to do business with him....a lot better than Dame Dash who rich whites seem scared to death of. For a man that's not known for his looks it must have taken some serious charm and skill for JayZ to bag a beautiful and rich woman like Beyonce.

    • Anonymous

      You niggas are fucking retarded. Calm down, Jay's been talking bout money since RD.

    • K Dot

      @Bootsie Because Justin and Coldplay are more talented than a lot of other R&B singers or bands? If your at the top and can work with the top people in your industry, you don't lower the quality of your product for any reason. Idiot.

    • Anonymous

      One of the prerequisites of being a succesful businessman is knowing how to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and make them feel confident and comfortable enough to work with you. Not many dudes from the projects have the social skills to chop it up with Warren Buffet one week, make a deal with a Russian Billionaire the next week and then meet the president of the United States on his day off. Sure JayZ is foing to put Justin Timberlake, Mr Hudson, and Emenim on his albums, he's a businessman who knows how to attract white money, he doesent rap for the streets

    • Bootsie

      SJ, shut up! Jay was successful prior to all this Justin T. stuff. It is pop at its best! I guess joining those guys make him one of them. And... With that brings more likability and album sales. Sellout! Why is Jay dealing with Cold Play and Justin? Why didn't he just get a R&B band or singer? My point exactly! Sellout!

    • Anonymous

      selling out is making shitty pop music with your boy justin

    • SJ

      I love how when a person is successful, people act like the only way to get there is to sell out. Selling out is about going against what you feel and know is right for money. Not be strategic or tactical. @ Bootsie, do you like everyone you work with? Does it make you sell out if you don't?

    • Bootsie

      This sounds like selling soul your soul for the riches...broh! Jay is a sellout now. He is done! A crossover! On to the next one!

  • An Inadequate Fuck of a Man

    Camels don't have social skills, Ye is buggin'.

  • Anonymous

    this dude is such a jerk and people following him and praising him like he's a very unique human being are even worse than him

  • Anonymous

    "social skills like what an awkward retard?" - average hiphopdx commenter

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