Kanye West may have been a month late releasing his new album Jesus Is King, but he can’t credibly be accused of not being productive. Last summer, he had that famous stretch of five albums that he produced and/or performed on himself. He has been hosting weekly Sunday Service events for a while now. He’s involved in fashion and architecture. Kanye does a lot, and he suggests that if he wasn’t a part of the Kardashian family, he might not work as hard as he does.
Recently, Kanye was at The New York Times’ DealBook Conference to support Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian, and while there, he took some time to speak as well. At one point, he talked about how that Kardashians’ work ethic drives him, saying, “I think if my family [the Kardashians] didn’t work so hard and they weren’t so omnipresent, maybe I would just rest on my laurels of just being the greatest artist in human existence,” he said, getting a laugh out of the audience and cracking a smile himself.
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“I think if my family [the Kardashians] didn’t work so hard and they weren’t so omnipresent, maybe I would just rest on my laurels of just being the greatest artist in human existence.” –Kanye speaking at the #DealBook conference in NYC today! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #KanyeWest #Ye #Yeezy #Yeezus #Kanye #West #KimKardashianWest #KimKardashian #KimYe • Follow @photosofkanye for more. | 🎥: @phillylaura
There isn’t video of everything Kanye said at the conference, but people in attendance shared some highlights from the event, including more quotes from or about Kanye, so check those out below.
An example: "This fast fashion brand offered me a $1M for an Instagram post … When I told [Kanye] about it he asked me not to do it. They copy everything. I gladly said no and for Mother’s Day he gave me a check and a contract to be an owner in Yeezy." – @KimKardashian #Dealbook
— Kerry Flynn 🐶 (@kerrymflynn) November 6, 2019
— Zach Kouwe (@zkouwe) November 6, 2019
Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Kanye West what he’s learned from being in the Jenner-Kardashian family… and now we’re pretty deep into his stream of consciousness on race & Jesus & history & Trump & propaganda … It’s both fascinating and awkward for the room #dealbook
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) November 6, 2019