Regardless of what anyone says about him, Kanye West remains unbothered. He may be criticized for teetering the line of confidence and conceit, and his political affiliations may rub a few people the wrong way, but the famed rapper-producer continues to break records and garner worldwide attention.

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Kanye recently attended The New York Times‘ DealBook Conference as he supported Kris Jenner and wife Kim Kardashian West, and he was captured speaking to the audience about his Kardashian-Jenner in-laws. The Jesus Is King icon said that his extended family’s work ethic has driven him to push harder. “I think if my family [the Kardashians] didn’t work so hard and they weren’t so omnipresent, maybe I would just rest on my laurels of just being the greatest artist in human existence,” he said. The crowd, along with Kanye, couldn’t help but laugh.

He then went on to talk about the perils of social media, which, in turn, became a sort of soliloquy where he addressed a myriad of topics. While the entirety of his speech wasn’t recorded, there were plenty of attendees who took to Twitter to share a few thoughts. Check out a clip of Kanye at the DealBook Conference below, along with a few tidbits from social media.

Dylan Byers


Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Kanye West what he’s learned from being in the Jenner-Kardashian family… and now we’re pretty deep into his stream of consciousness on race & Jesus & history & Trump & propaganda … It’s both fascinating and awkward for the room

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Kerry Flynn 🐶


“In the last few years I really learned what to say no to … Now there’s a power in saying no and having a little bit of time for my family and self.” – @KimKardashian on being an influencer at

Kerry Flynn 🐶


An example: “This fast fashion brand offered me a $1M for an Instagram post … When I told [Kanye] about it he asked me not to do it. They copy everything. I gladly said no and for Mother’s Day he gave me a check and a contract to be an owner in Yeezy.” – @KimKardashian

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#impeachment gonna come! 💃🏽🙏🏼🙌🏼@TacoJeter

@kanyewest is crazy. Proven today @dealbook

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Zach Kouwe@zkouwe

Kanye complaining about not being called a billionaire by @Forbes at

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Kevin Breuninger


I took some bad pictures of @kanyewest at the conference in NYC

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Courtenay Brown


Have asked the company, but for people who know how this works: does this mean Muilenburg *is* taking the pay, but not pocketing it?

Courtenay Brown


It needs to be said: I am so struck by just how ordinary @kanyewest looks IRL

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Nick Dunn


SRO for Kim Kardashian West & @KrisJenner with @andrewrsorkin at @nytimes conference. @kkwfragrance. Oh yeah… Kanye here also.

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Taylor Nicole Rogers


The summit is back from lunch, and @KrisJenner & @kimkardashian are up next. Kanye’s new album is blasting and @andrewrsorkin made the audience rise for their enterance. Follow for updates.

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