It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Kanye West cutting loose on the mic. That was changed last night at the Roseland Ballroom where the rapper performed for the Adult Swim upfront party. West proved that he doesn’t care if he has an audience of teens or advertising executives — he’s going to be himself in every context.
One thing Kanye claims he’s not? A celebrity. Okay, let us clarify, it seems like West knows he’s a celebrity, and how can he not, when he’s traipsing all over town with Kim Kardashian who has built her own empire around the idea of celebrity. However, during the tail end of his performance of “Runaway” a hit off of his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the rapper admitted that he’s “a terrible, terrible, terrible celebrity. ”
During the performance he ordered for the bass on the track to be lowered, and went into a rant of sermon proportions. For a full three minutes the advertising executives, suit and ties and all, entered unknowingly into the church of Kanye West. While West said he was a terrible celebrity, his reasoning for that is because he “makes real music.” One could argue that it’s the rapper having breakdown moments such as the one at Roseland that makes him a “terrible” celebrity.
It’s obvious to see that West isn’t cut out for the unwanted demands inherited when pushed into the public light. Touching on his well documented relationship with Kim Kardashian, West said, “I don’t want anybody running up on me with no cameras, trying to sell pictures for their magazines, or asking me dumba– questions and throwing me off of my focus, and harassing me all f–king day. No, no, no, it’s not me.”
During his rant West mentioned his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live. According to West, someone asked him about parttaking in a sketch that would poke fun at his image. West wasn’t having any of that, and addressed why he wouldn’t, having said, “Someone asked me are you gonna do a skit about the paparazzi and humanize yourself? It ain’t about me humanizing myself. At what point did I become unhuman that I have to turn around and humanize myself?” West continued, “Maybe I was demonized. I ain’t running for office. I’m not kissing no mother f—ing babies.”
After his rant West continued his set and appeared to be unfazed. What’s your opinion on Kanye West’s rant?
Check out his rant below:
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