7 Things We Learned From Kanye West’s Stylemaker Speech

Last night Styleite fave Kanye West was honored as the Accessories Council’s “Stylemaker of the Year” at the ACE Awards. The good folks over at Vulture transcribed his amazing acceptance speech from the event, and for that we are grateful. You should really read it in its entirety, but here is what we gleaned from ‘Ye:

1. Kanye wants to be a jack of all trades: “Why, if someone is good in one field can they not be accepted or given the slightest opportunity to express and be creative in other fields?”

2. He’s in touch with his inner-child: “I feel like I’m getting closer to the 5-year-old inside of me, and I feel like I have to represent that 5-year-old, even, even at the risk of my public….Some people hate me. But nonetheless, my biggest moments, my biggest Internet-crashing moments were the opinion of a 5-year-old. The opinion of a 5-year-old, the spirit of a 5-year-old with the responsibility of a 100-year old.”

3. And he’s really into conviction: “I feel convicted.” And then: “Or their kids having to go to the same school because they’re convicted about what they really, really believe.” And later: “Convicted right now.”

4. The dude is totally contemplative: “What is the impact of last year? What did it have on me? Years from now, hundreds of years from now, what will be written in the history books?”

5. Kanye’s full of pain: “Thirty-three-years-old, still creating art. It’s rage, it’s creativity, it’s pain, it’s hurt, but it’s the opportunity to still have my voice get out there through music. To let my pain hit the radio and thank you for this moment of acceptance.”

6. But his ego is still intact: “You know, when they do a magazine of No. 1 New Yorkers or something like that and I’m blatantly left out, I feel like … It hurts me.”

7. He breaks our heart: “Fashion breaks my heart.”

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