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January 29, 2015 12:30 PM

Marriage and fatherhood have made Kanye West think about more than himself and his art – and that’s made him a better person, he says.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the rapper, 37, told Ellen DeGeneres about being married to Kim Kardashian, 34. “And I’ve learned how to shut up more. And yeah, I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter [North].”

West still has lofty visions for his work, of course, and wants to be “brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, too.”

He also said he sees a lot of himself in his daughter – particularly when she gets frustrated.

“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos,” he says of his sometime difficult younger years as an artist and businessman. “My daughter, she wants to express herself, and she just doesn’t have the words for it. And, for me, there were so many things I wanted to do with film and clothing, and I just didn’t have the words or the resources.”

Life as a family man has been such a positive experience for him that it’s no surprise West and Kardashian are looking to grow their family sooner rather than later.

“Yeah, we’re trying,” he says on the topic of having more kids.

How many does he want in all? “I just want whatever Kim wants,” West says. To which Ellen replies with a laugh: “Wow, that’s a good answer, whether it’s true or not.”

Kanye West Talks About His ‘Terrible Twos’

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