Bigmouth strikes again.
Kanye West has long made a habit of delivering long, semi-sung diatribes during his stage shows; part sermon, part soliloquy, part mental dumping exercise, they’re always odd and, more often than not, highly entertaining. The rapper performed a relatively low-key show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo this weekend, and flew off the handle at a bunch of different targets.
Kanye took aim at the Grammys, suggesting they can “suck my dick”: “We need the music business to be evened out and fair. I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. I’m motherfucking Kanye West, we can create a human utopia if we try.” Regular flashpoint Taylor Swift also came in for criticism, with Kanye saying “Taylor Swift beat Beyoncé at the Grammys? Beyoncé be dancing in heels and shit.”
He also had a pop at Justin Timberlake comeback single with Jay-Z, saying: “I’ve got love for Hov but I’m not down with that ‘Suit & Tie’ shit”. The real ire, however, was reserved for the corporate dollar, with Kanye going on a lengthy anti-business screed (courtesy of Pitchfork):
“And every motherfucking sponsorship. They trying to put their logos on every concert and shit. For the meet and greet, you gotta meet the execs and their daughters. And they’ll show you what they just bought her. …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 $3 million. I need it so bad. I need a pool in my backyard! So I’ll tell all my fans your shit 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 Beyoncé thing, right? Cool. Is it OK now?'”
Update: Not content with the usual performance-and-rant combination, Kanye also closed the show in memorable fashion. At the end of ‘Touch The Sky,’ the rapper let out a series of increasingly ragged screams before dropping the mic and walking off stage.