Updated: Apr 15, 2020
Question: Who has been hiding Kanye’s Twitter password for all of these years, and are they willing to take it back?
“Ye, ye, ye,” is all I can say as I shake my head while reading the morning news recap of the latest Kanye rant. Lately, he has been taking to Twitter for fundraising, scolding the media, and crucifying corporate industries. But his prior rants weren’t all bad. Kanye was allowing us into his mind and his creative process. Personally, I am a huge fan of studying others’ creative processes, so let’s see what we can learn from the infamous Kanye tweets.
Here are a few ultralight beams to remember during your own creative process:
We have to lower the price of textbooks… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
I mean, it’s true, but Ye wants lower prices for more access to knowledge. So don’t let that stop you from studying. We have the internet, Kindle, ebooks, and even audiobooks. Find some of the greatest creators in your field and study them. Study what they say about themselves, study what others say about them, study their work, and study their patterns. My homeboy once told me, “you have to study the greats, to be great,” and I have put that into practice ever since. And if textbooks are too expensive, or you find reading too time-consuming, find a documentary on youtube. There is no excuse not to study your craft.
All positive energy — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
What Kanye said.
Never begin your process by doubting yourself or your capabilities. It’s all positive energy over here, because if you don’t believe in your work, how can you expect others to? Shut down every negative thought that comes up with a positive one. Start internally by removing all negative words from your vocabulary. No more can’t, won't, didn’t, etc. Then, go externally. Check your surroundings, your workspace your friends, your coworkers; who brings the positive energy and who seems to doubt the mission? Pull away from the haters, and turn up with the motivators.
I promise I’m going to make the world dope…. all I do is make shit dope #facts… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Set your goals and trust yourself.
When it comes to goal setting, don’t be so harsh on yourself. Set realistic goals that maybe only you understand what they mean. That way you are not judging yourself by anyone else’s standards but your own. If your goal is to make the world dope you have to believe that all you do is make shit dope. It’s like the story of King Midas and his Golden Touch. You have the dope touch, believe in it and watch your story unfold.
HAD TO ALL CAPS THIS!!!!!! NO MORE RULES…. MAKE YOUR OWN RULES… ok now back to finishing Pablo — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 13, 2016
Learn the rules so you can break them.
One of the biggest strengths and weaknesses for creatives is boundaries. We need just enough limitations to guide our thought process, but we can also tend to set too many limitations that can paralyze the entire project. So yes, break the rules. Jump outside the box, and create a new path. If you find yourself hitting a wall, ask yourself if you are being blocked by some mythical rule created by society. Rules should never stop your creativity.
A wise man should be humble enough to admit when he’s wrong and change his mind based on new information… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 17, 2016
Don’t be afraid to change.
It’s called growth. Your start growing from the very beginning of the process. Your mindset changes, and your work changes. Don’t fight it. We are not made to remain the same. We are made to make mistakes so that we can learn and grow from them. Strive for perfection, but don’t become paralyzed by it.
People wanted me to tweet again well here's some tweets!!! — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Listen to your audience.
Find your audience and listen to them. Keep in mind that everyone is not your audience. Your work is only meant for a select group of people, and those are the people you should listen to. Let them inspire you in your next piece of work. See what they are talking about, what they are interested in. Give the people what they didn’t even know they wanted.
and yes there are misspellings on this chart… that’s how you know it’s me… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Put yourself out there.
Like I said earlier, don’t let the idea of perfection stop you from creating and producing. Share your work with the world. Social media allows you to already have immediate access to an audience that supports you, share with them. They are your followers for a reason. They want to see what you are up to and what you are doing. If you are a writer show them the title of your latest work-in-process. Got a new beat you just created? Let one of your homeboys hear it. You never know, your work may inspire someone else, or lead to someone further inspiring you. Unfortunately, we tend to shy away from feedback for the fear of being criticized. If this sounds familiar, share only with the people you trust. Sharing is caring, so share with those who care.
Let's dance in the streets. I am consumed by my purpose to help the world. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016
Celebrate small victories.
Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments. Whether it’s dancing in the streets or in your bedroom to Beyonce’s Formation, turn up! Don’t get so wrapped up in the longterm goals that you forget to celebrate achieving short term goals and progression. Small victories in battle are what win the war, so clap it up for every completed pass you throw, then dab on ’em when you hit that touchdown.
Please no one text me or ask me for anything till Monday. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 10, 2016
Warning extroverts, this is a hard one. Take time for just you and your work. Overcome your “FOMO” and just say no. Turn your phone off, delete your social media, do what you have to do to focus on your work. The parties will still be there tomorrow, and happy hour isn’t going anywhere. This is the time to put you and your work first, trust me the world will still be turning when you get back.
No matter what level you're at in life there is still a struggle — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Respect the process.
The process is your biggest struggle and your biggest reward. You will continue to overcome small hurdles and solve problems you didn’t even know existed so trust the process and keep going. Ye has personally shown us that no matter where you are in life you will face struggles. Resilience is your antidote, so enjoy overcoming those hurdles because you are only going to get better at it.
this country was built off of dreamers … never give up on your dreams, bro… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.
Creativity is a muscle. We have to keep practicing and keep working it for it to build and grow stronger. When things get hard just remember any step forward is in the right direction. Keep your creative process and put it on repeat and watch your work evolve. We have so much access to the world that you have the power and the resources to grow and develop a personal audience for your work. #Murica
And with all of that, I leave you with one last tweet for the haters.
Don't tell me Lebron had a bad game. What yo jump shot look like??? — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Beside’s Kanye’s tweets here are a few of my favorite books on the creative process: (Comment below with some of your faves!)
Update: You can’t be imitated.
There are some lame fake accounts trying to make Kanye-isms that are not Mark Twain level. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016