You know, I've always thought Kanye West was a really, really strange guy. (Have you seen his Twitter stream -- the way it looks now, or back when he tweeted actual sentences? Those are not the musings of a completely level-headed dude, is all I'm saying.) However, his latest onstage antics during a headlining show at the Hammersmith Apollo make me a little concerned that he's got some MAJOR anger management issues going on.
He's not exactly known for keeping his opinions under wraps, but in Saturday's show, he went off on a bizarre rant that included bashing Justin Timberlake, the Grammys, Taylor Swift, "business people" who disgust him, and stars who accept big beverage sponsorships (what's up, Beyonce).
Who knew Kanye West was the ultimate angry hipster? Also, how ironic is it that he's with KIM KARDASHIAN??
It's kind of hard for me to unravel what all he was yelling about, but it included saying this about Taylor Swift:
Taylor Swift beat Beyoncé at the Grammys? Beyoncé be dancing in heels and shit.
This about Justin Timberlake's new song:
Remind me again who’s the original super-fly? And I got love for Hov but I ain’t fucking with that ‘Suit & Tie’
This about stars who accept sponsorships from beverage companies (i.e., Beyonce and her $50 million dollar Pepsi deal):
Can I sell your drink for you please? So you can help me put on a better show?
And this about ... uh, well, I'm not entirely sure:
Please corporations? Can you please support me, Please? Me, Kanye West? I swear I'm a nice nigga now. I swear I'll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please? Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a new pool in my backyard. So I'll tell all my fans your shit is cool. And if they believe in me they should also believe in you ... Did we you the check yet? Did the corporation send the check yet? What's my public rating right now? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? Are they liking me now? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing right? Ok cool. Is it okay now?
He added that the Grammys can suck his dick, and sang,
Remind me again why we in this shit? Since when was making art about getting rich?
Okay, so I'm not even going to try and argue that Kanye West is a total hypocrite for calling out artists focused on "getting rich" (ahem: his 2005 clothing line; collaboration with Nike to release his own shoe, the Air Yeezys; his women's fashion label, DW Kanye West; his Fatburger restaurant chain owned by his LLC, KW Foods; his 2008 tour sponsored by Absolut, etc. etc. etc.), but I am going to point out that the man sounds like a certified nutbar.
I mean, damn, what's he so pissed about? Is he really still bashing Taylor freaking Swift? Shouldn't he be basking in his impending fatherhood? Plus, does he see anything a little crazy about ripping on people accepting sponsorships when his babymama uses her image to sell reality shows, fragrances, diet pills, cosmetics, cupcake mix, clothing lines, Skechers "toning shoes," Midori liquor, prepaid debit cards, a hair removal system, Sugar Factor lollipops, and I don't even KNOW what all else?
Conclusion: Kanye West is cray-cray. Good luck with that, Kim.
What do you think of Kanye's latest rant? Does any of it make sense to you?
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