Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has the Internet in an uproar over new concert footage of him airing out popular media personalities ranging from Sway Calloway to Charlamagne Tha God emerging online.
According to reports, the buzzing rant went down last night (February 13) in Pennsylvania.
A few days removed from the 10th anniversary of his debut album The College Dropout, Kanye West kicked off the second leg of his Yeezus Tour at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania last night. During the show, Kanye delivered another memorable rant, which has become commonplace on the road for the Chicago rapper. He began by performing the intro to “Touch the Sky,” before stopping the music to give the audience a piece of his mind. “If I go to a radio interview, shut the f*ck up!” he yelled to the applause of the crowd. “If you’re on your talk show at nighttime, showing a picture of me walking with my girlfriend and shit, shut the f*ck up!” (Complex)
The self-proclaimed genius also used the opportunity to single out handfuls of celebrities.
Kanye then got a bit more specific, calling out Jimmy Kimmel, but not naming him, for making fun of his interview with Zane Lowe. “2013, spoofing and all that sh*t, trying to make a joke out of what we do. Shut the f*ck up! What the f*ck you do?” Last year, Kanye West appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show to iron out their issues. Later, he called out radio hosts Sway Calloway and Charlamagne Tha God, who both irked Kanye when he visited their respective radio shows last year. “Everybody who f*ckin’ writing all that sh*t, just to diss me and talk sh*t, what the f*ck did you do?” he said. “Charlamagne, Sway… Fuck you did?” (Complex)
Audio and footage from Kanye’s tense “Sway In The Morning” interview circulated online days before last Thanksgiving.
“I’m standing up and I’m telling you, I am Warhol,” said ‘Ye. “I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google–now who’s gon’ be the Medici family and stand up and let me create more? Or do you want to marginalize me till I’m out of my moment?” Sway responded, “Or why don’t you empower yourself and don’t need them and do it yourself?” But Kanye didn’t take too well to the question and barked back. “How Sway?! You ain’t got the answers, man. You ain’t got the answers. I’ve been doing this more than you.” (Rap-Up)
In October, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spoke on upsetting Kanye from a dicey spoof of his BBC 1 Radio interview.
“Yeah. I think [Kanye] said it best. I think he said that he reads and sees a lot of things that frustrate him, and the difference is that in this case he was able to call me, whereas he isn’t able to call TMZ or whatever it is that bothers him. And I have to say, I did relate to a lot of the things that he said. Personally, I went through many situations where people hold what you’re good at against you. I was a very good producer when I was on the radio, and I’d write comedy for the guys I worked with. And because I was very good at it, the general managers at radio stations I worked at told me I was a behind-the-scenes guy, and I shouldn’t be on the microphone. I should be behind the scenes, supporting the guys on the mic. And, y’know, I wind up hosting a network television show. And I remind those guys of that every time I see them, as much as I possibly can. So I can see how he’s frustrated. I don’t know anything about fashion. I don’t know who’s good at it, who’s not good at it. For all I know he could be the greatest or the worst fashion designer in the world. But I do understand that frustration.” (Grantland)
Check out Kanye West’s rant: