Thank You And You’re Welcome: The Concept Of ‘Kanye-isms’


Kanye West teams up with co-author J. Sakiya Sandifer to make his literary debut with Thank You And You’re Welcome, an entertaining volume of ‘Kanye-isms’–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. In Thank You And You’re Welcome, Kanye delivers his personal message uncensored, without any five-second delay or media distortion. ‘My book is a guide to creating then celebrating your moment!’ says Kanye.

The 52 pages book offers — some blank, others with just a few words — and his optimistic philosophy on life. One two-page section reads, “Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!” Another page reads “I hate the word hate!”

“This is a collection of thoughts and theories,” West, 31, said in an interview about his spiral-bound volume, which was written with J. Sakiya Sandifer.

West said he put his thoughts in a book because “I get paraphrased and misquoted all the time.” He calls his wisdom “Kanye-isms.”

The Authors

Entertainer Kanye West and co-author of the book "Thank You and You're Welcome," Sakiya Sandifer, pose for a portrait while promoting the book in New York

This man doesn’t need introduction. Well known worldwide, the great rapper is a family man married to Kim kardashian. Most musicians have hidden talents as some join film acting to entertain. Kanya West collaborated with J. Sakiya Sandifer to write the book ‘Thank You And You’re Welcome.’

Kanya explains in an article written by  MARK EGAN “My favorite one is ‘Get used to being used,'” he said.

“I feel like to misuse, overuse or abuse someone is negative. To use is necessary and if you can’t be used, then you are useless.”

So does he fancy himself a modern-day Confucius?

“I’m trying to end the confusion,” he said, laughing and adding, “I’m gonna put that on the next album.”

West’s derision of books comes despite the fact that his late mother, Donda West, was a university English professor before she retired to manage his music career. She died in 2007 of complications following cosmetic surgery.

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

“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,” he said.

West, a college dropout, said being a non-reader was helpful when he wrote his book because it gave him “a childlike purity.”

West dedicates the book to his late mother.

“My mom taught me to believe in my flyness and conquer my shyness,” he said, defining “flyness” as confidence. “She raised me to be the voice to allow people to think for themselves, to find their own way.”