You’d think that getting to tap Kim Kardashian would soothe some of Kanye West’s anger issues … but apparently not. Kanye’s reknowned for being an egotistical asshole … a talented one, sure … but also a big one. And recently, he has raised the bar on his customary Tourette’s-style rants, managing to shock even some hardcore fans at performances in London and Paris.
Kanye performed two shows on consecutive nights in London and managed to confuse and startle audiences both nights.
The first night, after finishing “Clique,” Kanye freestyle rap-sang-spoke with backing music for about ten minutes, covering issues ranging from consumerism to the Grammy’s to his dick … and repeatedly begging for someone to “remind [him] again why [he's] in this shit.”
To me, it sounded like he was purely free-associating, starting with the way “creativity fuels everything” and then angrily seguing into greed and his frustration with the business side of music.
“Since when was making music about getting rich. Since when was making art about getting rich. … Remind me again why we in this shit.”
From there, his whacked-out brain seemed to flow on to mainstream acceptance, then to the Grammy’s, which must have reminded him of Jay-Z and JT’s performance at this year’s Grammy’s … which evidently he wasn’t a fan of.
“Remind me again why the Grammy’s can suck my dick. Remind me again who’s the original superfly? And I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fucking with that ‘Suit & Tie.’”
Then Kanye started to really get into it, mocking artists who play nice and accept corporate sponsorships, and making his disdain abundantly clear in the process. (Are you listening, Beyonce? Taylor?)
“Please, Corporations, can you please support me, please? Me Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice nigga now. I swear … I’ll tell all my fans that your shit is cool. And if they believe in me they should also believe in you. … Did the corporations send the check? What’s my public rating tight now? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money for the corporations? Are they liking me? Is it OK now? They forgot about the whole Beyoncé thing right? Okay cool.”
At Kanye’s second show in London, he skipped the most of the long-winded tirade, but still managed to make things weird by performing an encore of “Touch The Sky” which somehow morphed into horrible screech/screaming into the microphone for more than a full minute before he tossed the microphone down and stormed off-stage.
Then, the following night in Paris, Kanye picked up where he left off on his lecture about creativity, and modestly compared himself to some of the world’s great geniuses.
“I am Picasso. I am Michelangelo. I am Basquiat. I am Walt Disney. I am Steve Jobs.”
Actually, you’re an arrogant asshole. There’s no denying that Kanye is extremely talented and creative, but it’s pathetic for him to stand on-stage and proclaim his genius. Shut the fuck up, stop fussing about what everyone else is doing, and make music.