Kanye West’s history of onstage rants is legion.
But during a headlining show in London on Saturday the father-to-be let loose with two barrels on a fellow music superstar (as well as the Grammys, corporations and soft drinks) with ties to his Throne partner Jay-Z, and, once again, Taylor Swift.
Standing onstage alone during the G.O.O.D. music banger “Clique” at the Hammersmith Apollo, West started out giving props to London’s creativity and slamming “business people” who make him sick. “People get on the phone with me and [ask me] … ‘what kind of business are you doing?’” he said in a video of the incident on YouTube. “‘What’s the numbers? How much did you sell? What’s the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with your face on it and s—?’”
“Remind me again why we in this s—?” he sang over and over in an improvised bit. “Since when was making art about getting rich?”
Soon enough, though, the not impecunious rapper took it way further. “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f—in’ with that ‘Suit & Tie,’” he sang, dissing the comeback single from Justin Timberlake that features Yeezy’s Throne mate Jay.
But West had other people in his sights as well. He went on to rail against the Recording Academy as well, telling the Grammys they can “suck my d–.” The slam against the organization (as well as “every mother—in’ sponsor” that puts their logos over his concerts and those annoying execs at backstage meet-and-greets who want to tell him about themselves) came just weeks after they awarded him three golden gramophones for his work with Jay and the G.O.O.D. crew.
West also took another shot at Taylor Swift, whom he famously interrupted at the 2009 MTV VMAs. “Taylor Swift beat Beyoncé at the Grammys? Beyoncé be dancing in heels and s—,” he said, according to reports.
The longest part of his rant didn’t name names, but it made some very strong comments about stars who take big bucks from corporations for selling drinks.
“Can I sell your drink for you please? So you can help me put on a better show,” he said in a mocking tone just months after Jay’s wife, Bey, announced a $50 million deal with Pepsi that will have the soda giant investing in some of her creative efforts. Timberlake also recently announced a drink deal, in which he was named the creative director for Bud Light Platinum.
“Please corporations? Can you please support me, Please? Me, Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice n—a 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 back yard. So I’ll tell all my fans your s— 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?”
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