“I feel like I have really good taste and anyone who likes it has good taste also.” (The Ellen Show)
“Hip-hop is over for me. I sing, not rap, on this album. I now want to be grouped among those musicians you see in those old black and white photos—the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles. And I'm not going to get there by doing just another rap album full of samples. I've had to create a whole new musical genre to describe what I'm doing now and I'm calling it 'pop-art' - which is not to be confused with the visual art movement. I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of a generation." (Telegraph)

“808s came from suffering multitude losses at the same time—it’s like losing an arm and a leg and having to find a way to keep walking through it.” (New Zealand Press)

“I’m an artist at the end of the day and sounds are like my paints. Basically, no-one can tell me what to paint with and that’s the medium I chose to make these paintings with. I just really want to tell anybody who wants to say anything about me for using Auto-Tune and they don’t like it… Fuck ‘em!” (Clash)
"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice. It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan." (CBS News)
“The thing is getting the point across, and I think in music, message and melody are the keys. It’s the reason why people teach you the ABCs with melody behind it. And [808’s & Heartbreak] is the ABCs of life and relationships.” (The Fader)
“I created a thing I call Heartbreak. It’s like a mixed drink of auto-tune, distortion with a little bit of delay on it, and a whole bunch of life that I put onto records. That’s what I call my heartbreak, and that’s what every record basically has.” - (MissInfotv)