You’re in dangerous territory once you utter a bad statement about Beyoncé. We’re all aware of how powerful the Beyhive is. But you’d have to be nuts to say something about Beyoncé and her husband, who owns the record label you’re on.
Last night, during a Sacramento show, Kanye West did both. He starting with Beyoncé, saying:
“Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won [MTV] Video of the Year, over me and over ‘Hotline Bling’. In my opinion —no, I’m not trying to diss Beyoncé, she is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal— but sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win. F**k winning. F**k looking cool… I was sent here to give y’all my truth, even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career. Jay Z—call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.”
He goes on to talk about radio presence, President Obama being suppressed in the White House, and how relevant his tour is (saying Hillary Clinton supporters are following ‘old models’). All this and a total three songs (one that was repeated), before ending the show early.
In San Jose last Thursday, the rapper said he didn’t vote but if he had, he would have voted for president-elect Donald Trump.
It’s evident that Kanye is using these shows to get out his opinions. He’s looking for the attention media gives him. But at some point, you have to wonder if the media is the puppet or if he is, for the clicks.