Kanye West's on-stage rant: Rapper disses Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake in London
By KATE STANTON, UPI.com
1 of 2 | Recording artists Kanye West (L) and Jay-Z accept the Video of the Year award during BET Awards 12, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on July 1, 2012. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo
Four years after Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV VMAs with an abrupt "Imma let you finish," the 35-year-old musician and father-to-be slammed the young singer once again during a lengthy rant on-stage in London over the weekend.
"Taylor Swift beat Beyonce at the Grammys? Beyonce be dancing in heels and s***," West said during the musical interlude of his song "Clique."
Suprisingly, Swift wasn't West's only target. He went after his friends too, telling the Hammersmith Apollo audience that he had "love for" Jay-Z, but none for the rapper's new collaboration with Justin Timberlake, "Suit & Tie."
"I got love for Hov," West said of his longtime friend and music partner, "but I ain’t f***ing with that 'Suit & Tie'."
West also used the 10-minute tirade to slam corporations who use art to make money.
"Remind me again why we in this s***?" West sang repeatedly. "Since when was making art about getting rich?"
In what appeared to be a veiled criticism of his friend Beyonce, who inked a $50 million promotion deal with Pepsi last December, West mocked artists who take money to shill corporate goods.
Can I sell a drink for you please? So you can help me put on a better show. Please corporations. Can you please support me, Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice n**** 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 new pool in my back yard. So I’ll tell all my fans your s*** is cool. And if they believe in me they should also believe in you. ... What’s my public rating now? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money for some corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing right? Okay cool.