The musician gave a speech at the Oxford Guild, which had a number of intruiging moments.
I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!
Aside from the right [that] I don't have, to give my opinion publicly about artists, I probably would have been batting 2000. I know that's incorrect also.
I don't think there's a living celebrity with more weapons formed against them, but I also don't think there's one more prosperous.
One of the most memorable things about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was Nicki Minaj, and the fact that she KICKED MY ASS, on my own song, on one of the best albums.…the best album – I'm just saying what the critics said – of the last 25 years.I spent a year and a half making... my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined…to be beat by a girl, basically.
"My momma taught me that if I was in a grocery store and I'm by myself and a stranger grabbed my hand, scream at the top of your fucking lungs. If I'm at an awards show and a stranger grabs my hand and they say so we're going to use these moving lights, or we're gonna play the music right now before we define the look, or we're gonna cut the TV cameras in a traditional way. I'll scream at the top of my fucking lungs."
You're looking for this moment where you sit in your BMW after all the work you've done and all the accolades you get, and you somehow think you're gonna get that level of joy. And when you're sitting in traffic in your BMW, it's something that feels empty.
I'm successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people. But in learning that, being brought up, middle class, it's something that is beating out of my chest - 'Wait a second, I was middle class, and I didn't get to see none of this shit!'.
A car should be $5000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars.
You guys have been taught, without you knowing, ways to separate yourselves from each other. If you're separated, you can be easily controlled. If you're too busy pointing fingers at each other, rather than holding hands, you can't get anything done.
People ask me how my daughter is doing. She's only doing good if your daughter's doing good. We're all one family.
People say to me 'you're successful, what are you crying about?'. I'm crying about the people. I'm crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is anything that everyone can't have. Every ism. They think we're done with racism. What about elitism, what about separatism, what about classism?
We have the resources as a civilisation to find a utopia, but we're led by the most greedy and the least noble.