May 28th, 2009
08:39 AM ET

Rapper Kanye West writes a book

Kanye West's new book "Thank you, and You're Welcome" is a 52-page book of "Kanyeisms," according to The Web site's description says it contains "the creative, humorous, and insightful philosophies and anecdotes used in creating his path to success. It captures the same wit, playful irony, and piercing insight found abundant in his lyrics."

John Krasinski, best known for his role as Jim Halpert in the U.S. version of "The Office," is starring in two new films. The first one, "Away We Go," comes out in June. The other is an untitled Nancy Meyers romantic comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.

CNN's Jennifer Wolfe has more on these tidbits (and what Philip Seymour Hoffman is up to next!) in today's buzz:

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  1. John

    When its really this obvious, and I am just white guy who likes old music. But I can pick out the songs easily...Media Loves and tolerates
    this kinda of behaviour. I hear thiers a few Federal cases still pending
    in US Court System, someone says he's moving to London on the run cmon dude get ya life together.

    June 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sioux

    Almost every time some celebrity says they have written a book, it is a lie. Either someone else wrote it for them, or they just dictated stuff for someone else to translate into some kind of readable text. It's ridiculous. I don't care much about Kayne's 'book'.

    June 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mo Mac

    Sadly, singers like Kanye get so much media attention and what they spout does nothing to help the society as a whole MUCH LESS the people who love his music. You can bet if he sang lyrics that could "make a difference" to influence things like helping a neighbor, or being a mentor to a child from a single-parent home, well he just wouldn't sell. The fans of his music fall into the cateogry of people who sell themselves short and settle for the path of least resistance in life.

    Our American society is in a really sad place. Kanye, why don't you TRY to make a positive difference for the people who DO listen to you? Make an impact for change.

    May 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. THE SON


    May 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jaye

    He writes a book, but says he doesn't read books? Why the heck should anyone read HIS book. He's the biggest narcissist in the business.

    May 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. K-rappa

    Paco says that this fool is an inspiration. Inspires you to do what?....steal other peoples music? Hide your horrible voice behind a vocoder? Dress like a clown? He can't sing...he can't play a instrument...he can't write a song I see it....he's NOT a musician! ANYONE....yes.....ANYONE with the right computer program and the ability to make 2 words rhyme (sort of) can do what this guy is doing! YES....even you! I can't wait untill he falls....and trust me...he will!

    May 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dee

    Along with his talent comes a weird personality. Think Michael Jackson...This guy is on his way to being the next Michael Jackson and will likely self destruct in the future. He doesn't interest me and I don't buy his music. I certainly don't waste my money on meglomaniacs or their musings.

    May 29, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    When are you people going to wake up to the fact that this guy HAS NO MORE TALENT THAN THE NEXT GUY. Programmed beats, ripped off songs, vocoders....seriously, if him and that plague on hip hop "T-pain" would just go away, we MIGHT actually get to hear something NEW by artists with talent. Turn on any hip hop's the same song over and over by different people. Let this overly rich, non-deserving idiot go away. And whats with this really STUPID fashion this guy brings? You can dress a turd up in a tuxido.....but at the end of the's still a turd. Kanye is a record execs puppet.

    May 29, 2009 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. norcalgal

    What KW said about GWB was uncalled for and was about the residents of NO and what we, as citizens, could do to help those people. Just like an infantile, overrated, egotistical "celebrity" to make it all about himself. He took the spotlight off of the hurricane victims and made it all about himself and the stupid comment he made.
    Caught "Austin Powers", his name is Mike Meyers, off guard? He embarrassed his colleague. He place Mike Meyers in a situation that was below the level of unfair. Typical KW!!!

    May 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paco

    I'm am a Kanye fan. Peace to all the other fans and wishes of more continued success to Mr. West. He is an artist and an inspiration.

    May 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duke

    Write? A book? please.....just go away already. You're ego is massive, your 'music' is a horrible racket, and your stage show is laughable.

    May 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rose817

    An inspiration? Really? His lyrics are inspiring? I don't understand how a man that raps (badly) about gold diggers and other nonsense can inspire one's life. The man is arrogant and obnoxious.

    May 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alzaetia

    The point of going to college is to receive an education. Encouraging people not to educate themselves is bad advice.

    As for seeing and hearing what somebody represents, I see what he represents. Himself. All of the time. I know unwarranted arrogance when I see it, and it's impossible not to see it all over that guy.
    The man thinks that he is far, far more talented and influential than he actually is.
    He says and does things that make him look like a total douche bag. Am I supposed to weed through every annoying thing he says to find out what's so great about him? I really don't have that kind of time and I doubt most people do either.

    May 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WOW

    A church in my hometown holds a fundraiser and raises 20,000 dollars for Kanye to be at their fundraiser?!?!?! Am I the only one scratching my head?

    May 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jonathan

    Who is Kanye West that he's worth listening to?

    Our society spends too much time ogling and inflating the egos of questionably talented entertainers and wannabe singers who can't even keep their own lives straight...and we're supposed to look to them for advice and wisdom?

    Sorry, but my dog gives better advice than 99% of the gurus out there, and he doesn't give any.

    'Nuf said.

    May 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. doodoo

    In my opinion, more power to him. I'm sure some people will buy his book, and of course there will be haters (like almost 99% of the morons in this post). I'm not for or against Kanye. Although I do like some of his songs, I also think he is very arrogant. You have to give this man credit. Hes a very well known artist/musician and making WAY more money than any of you people on this post, so stop hating him for making it big and having the life you could only dream about. Why hate on him for doing what he wants to do. I'm sure if any of you wrote a book only a handful of people would buy it (or let alone know you wrote one).

    May 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ntizzy

    KurvayshusB, I have heard and seen all that anyone needs to hear and see to judge someone with his interviews, quotes and opinions. The man is a extremely unintelligent and I can only hope that any young person listening to his music just likes the sound of it and it ends there. God forbid someone tries to use him as a role model or an example of how to go through life, which his example is, "staggeringly stupid".

    May 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. dina

    wright a awsome book?


    did you mean to say 'write an awesome' book? wow! i suppose someone at your level of intellect would find something worth a crap in Kanye's 'words of wisdom'...or perhaps you'll understand a little more if i say 'wudz uv wizdum'...i suggest you start with a 5th grade english book.

    May 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. RoamingBuddha

    I loathe the fact that people call this guy a "talented lyricist." The man has yet to actually write his own songs, or at least write songs that anyone but him likes.

    Here's another "Kanyeism" for you:

    A small church in the Dallas area was having a fundraiser, and thought it would be a good idea to have some "star talent" show up and sell some tickets. They decided Kanye West would be a good person to have, as he is all about Jesus, and at the time he was just getting big.

    Well, Kanye informed this church (you know, those non-profit houses of worship?) that his appearance fee was $20,000.00. Actually, that's rather standard. So, the church had a fundraiser to have a fundraiser in effect.

    They raised the $20,000.00 (which personally I would have called good and done, but that's my opinion) and paid to have Kanye show up. They advertised this, and sold many tickets to their event.

    Kanye showed up 3 hours late. He sang one song, and a little piece of a second song and left. This jackass got paid $20,000.00 by a poor church for literally 15 minutes of work.

    Frankly, his music is awful, not original and not even written by him. I wish everyone would stop giving this untalented hack the attention he so obviously craves.

    Hey Kanye, do you like fishsticks?

    May 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jjbadd

    I'll give it to Kanye, he was the only one who had the balls to call out G.W. during the Katrina event!!!! That has to be, he floored Austin Powers!!!!! He's talented, so why not see where his other talents are....

    May 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. evan

    how about nobody buys the book so the great wizard of oz we call kanye will realize NOBODY CARES. he's only got 2 maybe 3 so-so songs (and "american boy" is more estelle's song anyway) that don't even have actual lyrics, just random phrases and sentences strung together. he's not talented, he's not attractive, and he's not even close the celebrity he thinks he is. the ego and attitude have to go too. rap stars achieve success with like 2 songs and suddenly they think they're jesus

    May 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. alindsley

    Sami..please use spell check when you are posting comments on a NEWS web site. Once again the publishing of Kanye's book shows how popular culture takes over every form of media. I am sure that there will be someone that will buy the book. And if that means that people buy it and read it what does it matter, people will read for enjoyment.

    May 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. norcalgal

    There is one thing for certain......KW is either the most liked or most disliked performer in the world. Please notice that I did NOT refer to him as an artist, that is a special breed and KW just doesn't belong in that category. Now, having said that, I think he should write his book. By doing so it will finally put to rest this need to be seen and heard and will show what his skeptics already know about his inability to write and maybe, if his ego isn't that huge, he'll realize that he should have left things alone.
    Who are his handlers, the people with whom he shares these nonsensical ideas? If he has these people in his entourage, he needs to take them off payroll because they should never allow him to take such a suicidal step. But, who knows, could turn out to be an hilarious thing and I for one could use a laugh.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. xlrl

    Can Kanye fans really read and write? Is this book written like text messages, because his fans can only read 'text message' which is nothing like English or even Spanish.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. farleft

    The fact that this article triggered so much discussion is almost absurd. If you want to laugh at Kanye West (... or his '...ism's'), check-out the latest South Park episode with him in it. The thought of getting ANYTHING worth-while from this guy is a sad testimonial to exactly what impacts us as a society. Yikes!

    May 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mike

    Kanye West is just another talentless fool who thinks hes a "musician". Without studio tricks to hide behind, your just another rapper saying the same junk everyone else is saying. Watch any live broadcast where this guy isn't lipsyncing, and you will hear how awful he is. Who cares if he's writing a book. If he writes books like he writes songs, then he'll just have someone else write it and then take credit for it later. Rap needs an enema!

    May 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. adub

    one thing about KW, he got flows. he puts it down on the track. like the swagger like us remix. he has the best flow.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KurvayshusB

    And in addition to CNN being late in reporting this, I feel as though those who have commented on this posting before me have no idea what they are talking about. It appears that you know a *snap* worth of any information regarding Kanye West as an artist, only what you have heard of him in a tabloid somewhere. Kanye West has never condoned being uneducated. If you read his interviews and listen to his music, his whole theory of being the COLLEGE DROP OUT is stating that you should never go to college just to be going, especially if its for a career that you are not even sure you want to pursue. Follow your OWN dreams, not someone elses idea of what your dream should be. His book, which I already own, is actually pretty self motivating and light hearted. He is not attempting to be an award winning AUTHOR or find a spot in history as one of the greatest philosopher's ever. Just a little something to make you smile, think and hold your head up a little higher. If you people would stop judging by what you read about an artist and actually take a moment to SEE and HEAR for yourself what they represent, you'd save yourself the time of looking like a bunch of idiots speaking on something you know nothing about...

    May 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. therlo

    HAHAHAHA – that's all

    May 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Kanye Killer

    Suck it Kanyeezy you aint my neezy foooooo sheezy!!! Kanye-type lyrics

    May 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Adam Willis

    Hey Kanye, do you like FISHSTICKS?

    May 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. M. Polo

    There's a lot of hate on this small blog for Kanye. One day he will realize that his ego is a bit too much. But I can not hate on what he has done so far with music and fashion.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. bayo

    I find him very inspiring. I listen to his music everytime I am down in life and need a pick me up to make me feel I can do what ever I put my heart into. Can he sign NO. But he believes he can and no one can tell him other wise. I think this has to be studied how...people can archive great things with very little gift in life. I share a similar story

    May 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Me

    It's probably not even his "isms". Someone has probably written them for him and he's going to make money from this garbage. There's more important things to read than stupid stuff like that.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  35. okolotu

    apart from the fact that sami cant spell so good it is still an undisputable fact that we all possess our fundamental human rights and for that reason i would interprete what sami means by doubt kanye is blessed and i dont see anything wrong with him expressing himself in writing.if he is not worthy of giving philosophical life advices i would like zachary to tell us the prereqisites for worthiness of giving life advices and after that tell us if he being zachary s has attained such worthiness.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Phases

    Kanye is writing a book? HA!

    May 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. WHUT

    Sami – too bad you can't 'write' or spell (how AWESOME!) Kanye = weaksauce.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  38. JJ

    Kanye West is writing a book? Give me a break. He has to be one of the most self-centered, arrogant people to ever walk this Earth. To listen to him speak, and watch his actions on TV, you can tell that he is an uneducated moron, and the fact that he is writing a book for people to read, is even more sickening. The man needs to quit, listening to him, his lyrics, or reading his book will only dumb the population will not W-O-W anyone.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  39. Alzaetia

    Is the book written in all caps like his blog?

    May 28, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  40. steve

    Kanye thinks he is god's gift to mankind. In my opinion, he's just a pompous d-bag. This just goes to show that anyone with a GED and a rhyming dictionary can make it big. Very sad.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  41. HiHaters

    That Guy, Jami, Ed , Matt and all the rest of you lazy haters....If you had any clue how much study and hours of self-education that goes into mastering the workings of a moder recording studio, maybe you would respect Kanyes craft a little more. Furthermore, why all the hate because he's writing a book?? Don't read it hater. PJ makes the only worthwhile argument on this post...however I will say to you that if you listen to Kanye's music, in an otherwise Hip-Hop world of guns violence and drug sales, Kanye has been a breath of fresh air to the ears of many Black Youth. He's no Obama, and I'll agree that he is an arrogant self-absorbed prick at times....but after Millions upon Millions of production and artist royalty checks, I think its pointless to debate whether or not he has something to say that people will pay to listen to........

    May 28, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  42. Al from pa

    Really now? That rediculous moron was given yet another forum to run his mouth and spew rediculous things like, "I'm the voice of the current generation"... if thats the case he's falling on billions of deaf ears.

    As a musician that man barely has talent. And his attitude just throws him into the realm of rediculous... hopefully his next album release will attract less people, get him dropped from a label, and we never have to hear from him again... ahh that'd be lovely.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  43. Tee L C

    WOW! Zachary S. I can't help but hope that everyone disregards your comment, since it's so obvious that you just dont care for Kanye West, period. I'm sorry I thought the comments were supposed to be based on how we feel about his art, not his sexuality and personality. I am honestly a fan and that is becuase of how genuinely good he is at his craft. I may or may not like him as person, but his talent is real and his aim is right on point. He is one of the few rappers who chose not to be so vulgar and hateful in his lyrics (by making the black community look and seem even more sorry and useless), instead he is stern and always true about it.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  44. Bill

    I pride myself on not knowing who Kanye West even is. (Please, don't waste my time trying to tell me!)

    May 28, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  45. smith

    its write...not wright

    May 28, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jay

    Good for him. I've always like his lyrics and his great productions. Maybe people will be surprised by his writing capabilities. I think the world could use a good laugh right about now.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  47. Jack West

    "wright" a book? Do Kanye's fans know how to read? They sure can't spell.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  48. Ryan

    ummmm OK

    May 28, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  49. Heather

    I'm sure it's full of his rants and raves when things don't go his way. Witticisms like, "Give a black man a chance." Kanye's one of those people who says something stupid every time he opens his mouth.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  50. That guy

    As long as Sami is not editing the book there is bound to be at least one interesting witticism Kanye 'W-O-W's' the world with.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  51. jami

    Kanye is a pompous, over-praised artist. I am sorry to hear that he has found yet another way to make some money and pollute others minds with his self-indulgent crap.
    Sami, try spell check.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  52. John

    "This is what the world wants" Maybe in your world, but in the real world no one cares about him. Why doesn't he learn real music instead of this stuff he spews out, makes him sound like he is mentally challenged.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  53. George

    Kanye is so annoying. I think he should come out of the closet already. His arrogance really overshadows his music. Pop stars already have inflated egos but Kanye takes it to a whole new level. I'm sure this book is just as interesting as him going off on MTV or the Grammys. We get it Kanye..... you are the MAN!

    May 28, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  54. PJ

    Oh, please...Can we call them "Tardisms"? The self-proclaimed non-reader is a "role model"? For whom? For what? One kid out of twenty or thirty MILLION will achieve the success of Mr. West- by chance, by talent, by perseverance. All the rest need a serious education; serious skill building; and some serious knowledge and experience. Kanye West's "isms" provide NONE of this. His dissing of books, education, smarts and real knowledge (not some stupid catchphrases) is the bullet African-American kids have been putting through their own heads for FAR too long. Obama is a role model; Kanye West is a joke.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  55. ed

    Sami – I can't decide if your spelling errors are an attempt to poke fun at the idea of Kanye writing a book or just an example of how you would be better off taking interest in a more intellectual piece of literature.

    May 28, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  56. Matt

    Jesus, Sami. Judging by your grasp on the English language, I'm not sure if you'd read it if he did.

    May 28, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  57. Zachary S

    First and foremost please spell "write" correctly in future postings. I will forgive this misstep and assume you are a kindergartner. Kanye is ridiculous. The fact that Kanye is a talented lyricist and beat maker does not make him an author or a man who is worthy of giving philosophical life advice. If you ask me Kanye is nothing but a "Gay Fish" as Trey Parker and Matt Stone have previously asserted.

    May 28, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  58. Sami

    I love Kanye and if he is able to wright a AWSOME book then I think he should!! This is what the world wants he is a GREAT artist and he should be able to W-O-W the world with his book

    May 28, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

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