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Kanye West Presents Thank You and You're Welcome [Paperback]

Kanye West
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Super Good; SPI edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978967917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978967918
  • ASIN: B00740COPS
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting 10 Feb 2013
By Holly
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Kanye West and was excited by this book, but I found it to be full of cliches and relatively unexciting. Quite a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't believe its Kanye West 6 Jun 2010
When you hear the name 'Kanye West', bad press tends to spring to mind, but this book opens your eyes!
Kanyeisms at their finest!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like a child discovering Legos 26 May 2009
By Sammy C - Published on
Kanye West seems mildly amused that these things called "words" can actually be written down and combined into interesting groups called "phrases" or sometimes even "sentences."

It would be adorable if he were five years old. But coming from this wealthy, swaggering, man-child, it's a depressing reminder that his hip-hop culture devalues education and literacy. Mr. West uses white space as a stand-in for gravitas; one page declares "Get used to being used." I doubt the youngest of his fans will find that worth pondering for more than a second.

That he needed a ghost writer to complete what amounts to a pithy pamphlet is appalling.
71 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Genius can be subtle 28 May 2009
By VenomPen - Published on
The fact is, sometimes genius is hidden very deep inside the words of a great tome. In this case, the genius is hidden so well, it may never be found. "Olly olly oxen free" we all may yell, but alas no genius is to be found. The genius is subtle as the emergence of a wart. The genius of Mr. West's written words can barely be surpassed by the genius of his music.
I did not purchase this book, but was given a copy by a well known larcenist. I will keep it next to my copy of Milton's L'Allegro in hopes that the depth of both books help to level my coffee table.
47 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Thank You, You're Stupid. 27 May 2009
By S. Esshaghian - Published on
Ah Kanye West, self-proclaimed "non-reader" had this nugget of wisdom to share about books in an interview,

"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed, I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph."

Or this gem, "I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life."

But he has seen it fit nonetheless to "write" a book of Kanye-isms. This guy's ego is so big it has all but destroyed anything else in that fat head of his. Half the book is either empty or has one-liners filling a page; things like "Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!" or "I hate the word hate."

Please don't be duped into spending actual money on Kanye's retardation and fuel his ego even further. The boy needs a swift kick in the head to jar his brain back in place, not a book deal.
40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From a self proclaimed wordsmith? 28 May 2009
By Peter Stein - Published on
A friend bought this book, I borrowed it for a few hours and simply couldn't bring myself to finish it.

I would have expected a wordsmith to actually use words in a cleaver way to convey a significant message. His inability to "smith words" appears to be overshadowed only by his own arrogance.

Beyond not being able to recommend this book, frankly I fear the potential impact it could have on an already shallow and self serving culture of greed and self centeredness.

I hope that the readers of this book are able to see it for what it is, infantile rambling philosophy of a man who should have left philosophy to people who actually have unique and clever ideas.

If you would like an idea of the quality of this work please check out Kanye's blog posts. These posts are almost entirely product placement with the occasional all caps paragraph long run on sentence in which he strokes his own ego.
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a book? 30 May 2009
By Allen McGhan - Published on
I had to check this out after hearing the buzz about it. Now I have to wonder, who is the projected audience for this book. I actually would call it a children's book but I wouldn't want to insult children's book authors; at least their stuff is grammatically correct. There were no intelligent gems in here, just regurgitated crappy rap lyrics. There was nothing even remotely profound or intelligent about it. Just do what I did and read it at Borders. It won't take long, I promise. This book isn't worth the price of shipping, and I have Amazon prime!

I actually like some of Kanye's music, though his lyrics are usually pretty egoistical and annoying. I read this because I was wondering if I was missing some of his genius in listening to his music, now I'm convinced that he's mentally handicapped and just has a good mix team doing his editing.
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