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Kanye West to NYC paparazzo: 'Shut up! Don't ever talk'

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   June 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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With the impending release of his highly anticipated new album, "Yeezus," and the birth of his first child to professional celebrity Kim Kardashian, Kanye West must be feeling the pressure.

The 36-year-old rapper, who celebrated his birthday with a star-studded NYC party over the weekend, snapped at photographers following him in the city.

"Don't ask me questions, man!" West told a paparazzo, according to video obtained by TMZ.

When the pap said goodbye and wished the rapper a happy birthday, West said: "Shut up! Don't ever talk!"

In other Yeezy news, the performer also hosted a private listening party on a loading dock in Manhattan's meatpacking district on Monday.

According to Perez Hilton, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Timbaland showed up to hear tracks from "Yeezus."

West explained the seemingly egotistical album name to attendees: "I want to explain something about the album title. Simply put, 'West' was my slave name and 'Yeezus' is my god name."

Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt described the event:

After an hour (only an hour!) of milling around in Milk's dim, cavernous space, the crowd turned to find 'Ye himself onstage, delivering an impassioned, rambling, and sometimes impenetrable introduction — there was a lot of talk of artistry and marketing ("I got a new strategy, it's called no strategy. I have a plan to sell more music, it's called 'make better music.'") and something about Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson's clothing lines — before he wrapped with "I had to learn about giving, this whole album is about giving... this whole process is about giving ... NO F***S AT ALL.
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