Top 50 Kanye West tweets since he rejoined Twitter
Incoherent ramblings or gems of wisdom? Flickers of brilliance from the mind of a true genius or consummate baiting from the world's greatest online troll? Kanye West is one of the most prolific, controversial and widely followed celebrities on Twitter, and a read through his timeline leaves those questions open to an endless ocean of interpretation.
Hip-hop superstar, fashion mogul, entrepreneur, provocateur extraordinaire and husband of Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, a.k.a.: Yeezy, has a massive Twitter following of more than 28 million. After nearly a year of self-imposed social media exile, Kanye returned to Twitter on April 14, deleted his entire timeline from his original run and started all over again.
What emerged was an online persona that was often controversial, occasionally motivational and always unpredictable. Kanye's tweets range from braggadocious self-obsession to philosophical life coaching. Politics, music, capitalism and sneakers are just a few of the topics explored by Kanye, whose 21 Grammy wins and 68 nominations suggest that his talent and success are nearly equal to his grandiose self-image.
Stacker used statistics from SocialBearing, a Twitter analytics website, to rank Kanye's top 50 tweets based on total engagement, the sum of each tweet’s favorites and retweets. Click through to see just what he had to say after his mysterious hiatus.
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#50. Stream of consciousness
Tweet: Some people have to work within the existing consciousness while some people can shift the consciousness
Total engagement: 238,179 (177,434 favorites / 60,745 retweets)
Date: April 15, 2018 at 8:11 PM
Nearly a year after he shocked the Twitterverse by deleting his account in May 2017, Kanye reemerged. He scrapped his entire previous Twitter timeline, yelled at Nike for allegedly ripping off his sneakers, deleted that tweet, took a mulligan and tried again. His next tweet was the first in series that featured Kanye waxing philosophical about capitalism and consciousness.
#49. A teachable moment
Tweet: never a master. Always a student.
Total engagement: 241,186 (187,670 favorites / 53,516 retweets)
Date: April 24, 2018 at 12:15 PM
Kanye gave his followers a window into his most intimate of spaces when he tweeted a photo of his daughter, North, playing with some action figure dolls of Michael Jackson and none other than Kanye himself. He tweeted that they then enjoyed a father-daughter dance to Michael's music, a moment that apparently inspired Kanye to introduce his inner Mr. Miyagi to Twitter.
#48. Motivational tweeting
Tweet: Don't follow crowds. Follow the innate feelings inside of you. Do what you feel not what you think. Thoughts have been placed in our heads to make everyone assimilate. Follow what you feel.
Total engagement: 242,205 (176,434 favorites / 65,771 retweets)
Date: April 18, 2018 at 11:14 AM
In April, Kanye unleashed a tweetstorm of inspirational/motivational isms that ranged from fortune cookie boilerplate to actionable and useful (don't reach for your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning). One of the tweets informed his followers that they were actually not tweets at all, but little passages from a philosophy book that he was writing online in real time.
#47. Where's the beef
Tweet: I want to see a tour with Nikki Minaj and Cardi B
Total engagement: 245,151 (203,966 favorites / 41,185 retweets)
Date: April 25, 2018 at 4:54 PM
As a growing storm brewed between hip-hop stars Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, Kanye couldn't help but interject in their public feud. In calling for unity between the warring parties, Kanye either subliminally showed his secret support for Cardi B by intentionally misspelling Minaj's name—or autocorrect tripped him up.
#46. That's a lot of shoes
Tweet: Pull up in this b**** like pic.twitter.com/0dgj9f5arg
Total engagement: 247,690 (201,857 favorites / 45,833 retweets)
Date: April 19, 2018 at 5:51 PM
Shortly after his triumphant return to Twitter, Kanye released a picture of an impressive spread of Yeezy Boost 350 v2 sneakers in a rainbow of colors ranging from Easter basket pastels to conservative deep blues and browns. There was even a sample of an unreleased shoe with a brand new feature that rattled the footwear world — see-through mesh.
#45. Getting better all the time
Tweet: today will be the greatest day so far. Life keeps getting better and better.
Total engagement: 250,788 (187,819 favorites / 62,969 retweets)
Date: April 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM
Just days after re-emerging from his self-imposed Twitter exile, Kanye had already established his new identity as a motivational life coach. As part of the tweet-by-tweet philosophy book he announced he was writing online, Kanye volunteered some optimism about the 24 hours—and lifetime—ahead of him.
#44. I love you, not
Tweet: I've got a new challenge for everyone today. Pick somebody that you had an argument with that you think you hate maybe even someone you haven't spoken to in years and contact that person and tell them I love you.
Total engagement: 251,839 (198,503 favorites / 53,336 retweets)
Date: April 28, 2018 at 1:15 PM
Through his newly philosophical online persona, Kanye challenged his legions of followers to take the high road and reach out to an old enemy to bury the hatchet. Shortly after, the Independent's indy100 reported on a series of people who posted screenshots of conversations proving that they had accepted Kanye's karmic challenge—with comically disastrous results.
#43. Mulder? Is that you?
Tweet: question everything
Total engagement: 252,934 (184,132 favorites / 68,802 retweets)
Date: April 22, 2018 at 10:03 AM
The born-again Twitter Kanye rarely misses a chance to tell his followers to break the chains of their own minds. In this case, he summoned his inner "X-Files." As part of a in-depth analysis of Kanye's philosophical authenticity, the New Yorker found this tidbit to be more Jeffrey Lebowski than Aristotle.
#42. Let's do a duet
Tweet: Rocky we gotta release our songs ASAP
Total engagement: 259,828 (206,250 favorites / 53,578 retweets)
Date: April 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM
Under the guise of directly addressing a few other fellow artists, Kanye took to Twitter to let the world know that it could expect some new music. Among those with whom he revealed that future collaboration was imminent were Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott and, in this case, ASAP Rocky.
#41. Breaking chains
Tweet: free thinking is a super power
Total engagement: 265,301 (209,576 favorites / 55,725 retweets)
Date: May 8, 2018 at 1:02 PM
In early May, Kanye ignited controversy when he questioned whether slavery had been a "choice" for some slaves, who he believed were actually "mentally imprisoned." Kanye was widely panned for his choice of language and later responded with this attempt to contextualize his statement.