Kanye West in London: 2 shows, 2 meltdowns (Watch the videos)
So say what you will about the rapper -- whine over his union with Kim Kardashian (Us Weekly now reports they're having a girl, BTW), or his collection of kilts, or his ability to go from 0 to spaz in 15 seconds. Kanye West practices what he Tweets. The latest example, back-to-back outbursts during back-to-back concerts in London.
Sunday night at London's Hammersmith Apollo, West was performing Touch the Sky when he just started yelling. And yelling some more. Yelling so loud he would have probably passed out right there on the spot, like a child holding his breath until you buy him a $34,000 golden skull.
But before that could happen, he tossed the mic, jumped off stage and, according to Rap-Up anyway, punched a fan in the arm. The reasons for the outburst are unclear. It could have been an instance of 'Ye's unbridled artistic expression. Or, as Rap-Up suggests, he was just pissed with the venue's poor sound production.
Go ahead. Watch Kanye West throw a tantrum. Is it authentic? Totally. Authentically bonkers. Is it "awesome?" Art is too subjective for us to say.
But it was Saturday night's concert, also at London's Hammersmith Apollo, where West was more fully invested with the Bohemian spirit of truth, beauty, freedom and headline-fodder. What do you tell a toddler who's crapping their Pull-Ups in rage? Use your words. West, similarly, is at his best when using his. And his Saturday show included a 10-minute tirade, part freestyle rap, part improvised song, part poetry slam by a dude who's read too much Adbusters.
Points of interest:
West slammed Justin Timberlake.
"I got love for Hov, but I ain't f*cking with that Suit & Tie."
West dredged up the infamous Taylor Swift incident at the VMAs:
"What is my public rating? Are people like me again? ... They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right?"
(You'll recall, as per West's mic-grabbing speech that Beyonce, not Swift, had "the best video of all time.")
And, just generally, he rapped and sang about how much he hates the idea of shilling for corporations. (Somehow, this hasn't been a dealbreaker for him and Kimmy K.)
From West's rant:
Creativity fuels everything. I hate business people. People get at me and say, ‘What kind of business can it do? What type of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell? What’s the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with yo face on it and shit?’
Remind me why we in this sh*t? Remind me why we in this sh*t? Why the Grammys can suck my dick? Suck my dick. B*tch. And every mother*cking sponsorship. They trying to put their logos on every concert and sh*t. For the meet and greet, you gotta meet the execs and their daughters. And they’ll show you what they just bought her.
They always sayin’ what I’m doing wrong in this sh*t! Well, I don’t give a f*ck about anything! Well, I don’t give a f*ck about anything! Remind me why we in this sh*t? I lost my mother*cking mom!
Talking bout your comments, I could give a f*ck about your comments. Cause we all gonna die some day, and I’m live my life my way! So, you gonna help me put on a better show, corporations? Can you please support me? Please? Me, Kanye West. I swear I’m a nice leader now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please. Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a pool in my backyard! So I’ll tell all my fans your sh*t is cool. And if they believe in me, then they’ll also believe in you. ‘Did we get the check yet? I gotta call the business manager. Did the corporations send the check? What is my public rating? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? Cool. Is it OK now? Remind me why we in this sh*t?