Actually, let's be honest: The man has spoken his mind for the last decade-plus, and it's one of the reasons he's so loved and so hated by so many.
And he was at it again on Monday night, during the airing of BET Honors (which taped in late January), where he received the Visionary Award. After being introduced by Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash, Yeezy gave a passionate acceptance speech about race, creativity and self-confidence.
"We deal with racism, because there are different races," he said early on. "Or, the micro of it, is that we focus on the different races, as opposed to the macro, which is the human race."
From there, he referenced some of his past remarks -- possibly including his appearance on "Sway in the Morning," when he and the MTV News vet got into a heated exchange over Yeezy's aspirations in the world of fashion.
"The bit of soundbites that everyone loved from last year that got taken out of context or misunderstood, did come from a place of saying, 'Yes, part of the reason why I'm not allowed to be empowered is because of race, because of people's perception of celebrity, because all the want to present to young black men is the idea of making it to the league, or making it to be a rapper, but not the idea of becoming an owner.'"
"And they would do anything they can to make it seem like a truthful idea is a stupid idea. Or a crazy idea. Harriet Tubman said she could have freed so many more...if they only knew they weren't free. So don't think that, because we can afford this custom Balman suit, that we're free. And don't think that because we can buy a $300,000 car, that we're free. And don't think that because 3% of a gated community has colored people in it, that we're free."
To wrap up his nine-minute speech, 'Ye encouraged people not to be boxed in by their material desires or the perceptions of others, but instead to be guided by their own creativity.
"It's the mentality -- the slave mentality -- where we all eventually become slaves to that car, slaves to the perception, slaves to the idea that of being cool," he said.
"Our power, our oil -- since we don't own any oil -- our oil is our expression. Is our influence. Don't never let them take that away. And when we have the chance to express it and to influence, don't only do it for us, do it for the human race."