Kanye West is back at it again. The rapper and father to Kim Kardashian’s baby used London’s Hammersmith Apollo stage Saturday to fulminate over his latest grievances with the music industry. Among them were Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s new single “Suit & Tie,” the intersection of art and commerce, corporate sponsors and of course, the Grammys.
As reported by Consequence of Sound, while performing “Clique,” West used an instrumental interlude to rant about his disapproval of his friend Jay-Z’s collaboration on Timberlake’s comeback single. “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f—ing with that ‘Suit & Tie’.” He went on to repeatedly insult the Grammys and express his loathing for corporate sponsors — and while as Rolling Stone pointed out he did make a joke about his Beyoncé-defending Video Music Awards gaffe, he also took what appeared to be a stab at her recent $50 million Pepsi deal.
“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 Beyoncé thing right? Okay cool.”
West played a second gig at the Hammersmith Apollo but refrained from repeating his previous tirade. According to NME, he told the audience, “I got s— off my chest last night but I’m feeling good tonight.”
We’re glad to hear that, Kanye.