Published Nov 20, 2016The world let out a collective "WTF" when Kanye West recently said that, although he didn't vote, he would have voted for Trump. Now, Yeezy is back in the news for all the wrong reasons, as he cut a Sacramento concert short last night (November 19) following a bizarre rant.
Kanye was playing "Famous" when he stopped the song to take shots at Beyoncé, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, MTV and radio programmers. He also criticized Barack Obama's presidency. According to Setlist.fm, the show only included a few songs: "Waves," two versions of "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1," and "Pt. 2."
Somewhat alarmingly, West's paranoid ramblings included suggestions that other rappers had hitmen who might target him. He said, "Jay Z, call me. Aye, bruh, I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me." He also claimed, "Khaled, I know you got hitters from Miami. Please do not send them at my head."
He clearly knew the monologue would ruffle some feathers, since he declared, "I'm on my Trump shit tonight." He ended the speech by addressing the inevitable online fallout, saying, "Right now, press get ready to write your passive-aggressive, LeBron James, racist comments. Season 4, racist comments. Get ready to have a field day, press. Get ready, get ready. Because the show's over."
Read some excepts of the speech below, and see video footage at the bottom of the page. Meanwhile, the "Saint Pablo Tour" is continuing through the rest of 2016 and includes another Toronto stop on December 18. See the schedule here and attend at your own peril.
Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over "Hotline Bling." In my opinion—now, don't go trying to diss Beyoncé. She is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal.
On Jay Z:
Jay Z, call me, bruh. You still ain't calling me. Jay Z, call me. Aye, bruh, I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man. I'm not trying to be the man. I just am a man, the same as anybody here. I ain't above, below none of y'all. We all equal. We all equal. This is the vibes, bro. This is the future. This is the way of thinking to make America great again. Ha! You didn't like that! Guess what? Y'all need the vibes. I was hurt. Feelings matter, bro. The way motherfuckers put money up so high, popularity, radio spins. Feelings matter, bro. Feelings matter, bro.
On Hillary Clinton:
It's a new world, Hillary Clinton, it's a new world. Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt…
The "Saint Pablo Tour" is more relevant than radio and if y'all keep following old models, your ass is going to be Hillary Clinton. You might not like it, but they gotta hear it. I ain't here to massage you with a fake truth, telling you that Hillary gon' win over and over and over and then you wake up [and] you still can't believe it! You know why? Because you was lied to by Google. You was lied to by Mark Zuckerberg.
On Barack Obama:
Obama couldn't make America great because he couldn't be him to be who he was. Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn't allowed to do this [screams] and still win. He had to be perfect. But being perfect don't always change shit, bro. Being perfect don't always change shit, bro.
On Drake and DJ Khaled:
The rules gotta be fair. Khaled and Drake and radio and Doc and [REAL] 92.3 and everybody. Is it just me or did you hear that song so many times "you say you wanna play for free." Aye, aye. You know what it is, though? Because aye, I love Drake. I love Khaled. But they set that song up, bro. And let me tell you something: MTV, fuck you!
Q-Tip, I love you, bro. Don't tell me how to be me, though. I love you. The Tribe album is dope. I love you. Don't tell me how to be me, though. I've been me. I am me.