Rapper Kanye West has posted to his website three pages from his forthcoming book, "Thank You And You're Welcome," which apparently will be a collection of "Kanye-isms" — big text, lots of whitespace, few words. But what West's advice lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. In fact, it's probably safe to say this is one of the best $10 books by a rapper ever published. After the jump, Kanye drops science on paper.
West advises all of us, tautologically, that there is nothing wrong with being used. In the one-page section "Get use [sic] to being used!," West writes, "To use is necessary. And if you can't be used, then you're useless." Webster could not have said it better himself.
In "Be Leery Of The Free Gift Bad," West explains how you don't want to ever owe anyone anything, because that will leave you in "a position of weakness." Like this one time, when Kanye was talking to a sucka MC:
I asked someone to do a part on my album. He agrees and said, "I'm not even going to charge you," as if he was doing me a favor, "But, when I'm working on my album, I want you to do a verse for me."
I responded with, "NO! I want to pay you for what I asked you to do and we'll talk about that verse when the time comes. Thank You And You're Welcome!"
Title shout out!
The last excerpted section, "The Missing Bannister Theory," is about how if you're walking down the street, it's no problem to walk straight, but if you're walking down the street 100 stories high you'll probably fall to your death, because all you can think about is how you wish you had a banister, which is so true.