Kanye West’s infamous stage bombing of the sweet and seemingly innocent Taylor Swift has made its viral rounds and has now marked Kanye as one of the biggest assholes in music. As time went on, we just learned to accept Yeezy for his crazy, almost neurotic antics and charge it to the tortured artist game. However, Gawker got their hands on the audio of Kanye after the MTV VMA’s after dinner with some friends, explaining why he had to take away Taylor’s big moment.
“I’mma let you finish, but…” has become much bigger than Taylor Swift’s blossoming career. While having dinner with friends in NYC in 2009 shortly after the infamous awards show, Kanye flipped out about why Taylor didn’t deserve to win over Beyonce, why Eminem’s verse on Drake’s song caused him to rewrite his verse on “Run This Town,” he insulted Pink’s singing career and even explained that his mom, Donda West, “died for this fame sh*t.”
It’s being reported that the audio was recorded at dinner in the West Village. While there’s no one to claim that this audio is 100% authentic, it does indeed sound like the erratic rantings of Yeezy. Listen to the fervor in his voice and the way he switches from topics as if we can follow his runaway train of thought.
Here’s a transcription of Kanye’s heated backstage rant:
I’d rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it’s like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… [Tape break] I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin’ Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain’t no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform “Heartless.” “Heartless” is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she’s pink! They put me in a fuckin’ room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the fuck did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear - "ran all this shit," maybe]. I said, “Nigga, I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head. I’m runnin’ up to y’all, put a…” [tape cuts].
What do you think about this rant? Real or phony? Poor Kanye–I just feel bad for the guy. He’s a mess and needs someone in his corner. Kim…?
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