Kanye West Offers Samples Of Zen-Like Wisdom From His Upcoming Book

'When you're so focused on what you don't have, you won't have,' rapper writes in 'Thank You and You're Welcome,' previewed on his blog.

Get ready for the wit and wisdom of Kanye: The MC posted three teaser pages from his upcoming book, “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” on his kanyeuniversecity.com blog on Monday. The book, which can be pre-ordered on West’s Web site for $10, was co-authored by J. Sakiya Sandifer, who wrote “Think Think Think and Think Again: The Power of Ideas Designed to Spark Change.” (Kanye also announced his North American tour plans last week.)

Among the Kanye-isms offered in the book? On the “Get Use to Getting Used” [sic] page: “To most people, the saying ‘to use someone’ carries a negative connotation. But I don’t see it that way. To ‘mis,’ ‘over’ or ‘ab’-use someone is negative. To use is necessary. And if you can’t be used, you’re useless.”

When it was announced last year, West’s literary debut was described as including “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.” The first 500 books sold will be autographed by Sandifer and West, who promised that the book will be “uncensored, without any five-second delay or media distortion.”

Among the other Zen-like motivational pages previewed on the site is “The Missing Banister Theory,” which, like the other preview pages, consists of the title in big, blocky letters on the left-hand page and a poetic affirmation on the right. In this case, the affirmation reads: “When walking down the street, you can walk in one line perfectly without ever falling over. Now take that same city block, make it a foot wider and then put it a hundred stories high. You’re going to be so focused on the fact that you don’t have a banister that you’re more likely to fall because of it. When you’re so focused on what you don’t have … you won’t have.”

Perhaps the quintessential excerpt from the book by the jet-setting ‘Ye is the all-important “Be Leery of the Free Gift Bag!” page. In it, West warns that there are people who try to put themselves into a position where you’ll owe them something. As an example, he writes, “I asked someone to do a part on my album. He agreed and said, ‘I’m not even going to charge you,’ as if he was doing me a favor. ‘But when I’m working on my album, I want you to do a verse for me.’ I responded with, ‘No! I want to pay you for what I asked you to do and we’ll talk about that verse when the time comes. Thank you and you’re welcome!’ “

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