I'm no legal expert, but I have to say that depositions seem to be a pretty laborious and torturous process for anyone involved -- and especially for celebrities like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Pharrell, Tupac and Justin Bieber who deal with extra scrutiny.
By definition, a deposition is "a witness's sworn out-of-court testimony," which is used to gather evidence that may eventually be used during a trial. In the past few years, we've seen video footage of several celebrity depositions, and each one of them handled the annoying questions very differently.
Tupac, for example, was thoughtful and well-composed in his 1995 deposition, while Lil Wayne made absolutely no effort to hide his irritation in his now-infamous 2012 deposition. Take a look at some of the best ones below.
Lil Wayne Refuses To Answer 'Stupid Ass Questions'
Let's just go straight for the gold. In June 2012, Lil Wayne sat down for a deposition about blah blah blah -- that really doesn't matter, because he provided almost zero information, just endless laughs. The six-minute clip above begins with Weezy literally asking the attorney his name, just so he could say, "Pete Ross, that's a stupid ass question." And it only gets better from there.
Justin Bieber Doesn't 'Have To Listen To Anything You Have To Say'
I'll give Bieber and Lil Wayne a tie in terms of displaying pure annoyance during their depositions, but Weezy still gets the win for humor. During his 2014 deposition, Justin Bieber was just varying levels of annoyed, pissed off and even more pissed off at the attorney, especially when they started asking about his relationship with Selena Gomez. "What is this, '60 Minute?' Don't ask me about her again." (And yes, the real show is actually called "60 Minutes.")
Kanye West Is 'The Smartest Celebrity You’ve Ever F—ing Dealt With'
May the gods curse whoever decided NOT to record this deposition (or at least, release it to the public). In 2014, Kanye sat down to be interrogated after reportedly assaulting a paparazzi photog in LA. His answers were gold, of course.
Let the record reflect that, “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f--ing dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears.”
Also: "I'm in the business of trying to make dope sh-t for the world," he told lawyer Nate Goldberg. "You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law." When Goldberg quoted a line from "Flashing Lights" ("Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these n----s got me"), 'Ye snapped back with, "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me. It offends me because you're a white person saying 'n---a.'" #KanyeForPresident2020
Tupac Has To Laugh At The Absurd (And Racist) Questions He's Being Asked
In 1995, Tupac was grilled about the role his music allegedly played in the killing of a Texas police officer. He was only 24 years old at the time, and yet he had the patience and composure to answer extremely offensive questions with a smile. He dismissed the notion that he made "gangsta music" and when asked if he was trying to provoke young black people to "do things," he replied, "Yes. [To] think. [To] use your head." Praise this man.
Pharrell Is 'Not Here To Teach You Music'
Unlike Tupac, who was gracious enough to explain the foundation of rap music to the lawyer, Pharrell was absolutely not having it during his deposition for the "Blurred Lines" lawsuit. The usually patient producer was visibly irritated and refused to answer silly questions, replying instead with, "I'm not a teacher. I'm not here to teach you music."