[url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/west_kanye/artist.jhtml"]Kanye West[/url] loves to collaborate, whether it's on music, album artwork or tour lighting. Last year, he teamed with marketer/philosopher J. Sakiya Sandifer to write a book of "Kanye-isms" called "Thank You and You're Welcome." The book, which was previously available only on his Web site, has now hit the shelves of a bookstore near you.
"He inspired the format of the book, because he wrote a book called 'Think, Think, Think and Think Again,' " West said Friday morning (May 22) about Sandifer. "[He did] bullet points in bold graphics, and he expounded upon them ... whereas books hide the main points chapters in. You have to read so much to get so much out of it. We wanted to make it simple for people who are non-readers, who don't feel like doing all that, and still get the point across."
One of Kanye's favorite philosophies in the book is "Get used to getting used."
"To use someone is necessary. What's negative is to misuse, overuse or abuse somebody," West said. "To use is necessary. If you can't get used, then you're useless."
"That really came from my entrepreneurial journey," Sandifer said. "I would complain when my phone wasn't ringing. 'No, I want to be used.' Being the resident philosopher, I put it in that context."
West and Sandifer call working together a "great collaboration." They've also collaborated on some of 'Ye's acceptance speeches and a line from "The Good Life"
" 'Having money's not everything; not having it is,' " Sandifer repeated of the line he came up with. "That's where the real problem is — when you don't have it."
While West and Sandifer might make another book, it probably won't be a sequel to "Thank You."
"It's just gonna be another collection of our ideas and theories," Sandifer said. "It's not gonna be like 'Thank You and You're Welcome Volume Two.' I think that would be limiting."