Kanye West Cuts Concert Short After Ranting About Jay Z, Beyoncé and the Media
“I went down seven years on behalf of you,” West said, referring to the now-infamous 2009 incident when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to say that Beyoncé deserved to win.
“Beyoncé, I was hurt because I hear that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling.’ ” West said, alluding to the “Formation” singer’s win over him and Drake at the Video Music Awards in August. “In my opinion — now don’t go dissing Beyoncé, she’s great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win.”
“Jay Z — call me, bruh,” he said. “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head.”
“This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant [thing] happening,” he said. “If your old ass keeps following old models, you’ll be Hillary Clinton.”
Toward the end of his speech, he talked about how he was not “scared” and “here to change things.” And in a dramatic ending to his show — which had only included a few songs — West told the media to “prepare.”
“I’m not always gonna say things the perfect way, but right now I’m gonna say how I feel,” he said. “Right now, press, get ready to write your passive aggressive … racist comments. … Get ready to have a field day, press! Get ready, get ready, ‘cause the show’s over.”
The mic dropped, lights went out and Yeezy left the building — with an angry, confused crowd still reeling.
This article originally appeared on People.com.