Kanye West Rants Onstage, Disses Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’

In a profanity-laden rant at London's Hammersmith Apollo, the rapper also decried corporate sponsors and Grammys.

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Kanye West, left, makes a guest appearance as Jay-Z performs at Yankee Stadium in New York.

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.

MORE: Top 10 Outrageous Kanye West Moments

17 comments
SmakinDaBox
SmakinDaBox

The DNA Is In... The Baby's Not Kanye's!

Elle80
Elle80

Kanye is Bipolar and needs pills asap. These rants otherwise known as Bipolar mania need to be controlled before he hurts someone. He snapped after his mom died and never got help, and he desperately needs it.

IceBergSlim
IceBergSlim

Kanye didn't diss Jay-Z or Justin Timberlake, It was obviously a play on words, using the song title to lead him into his discussion about his dislike for Corporate America. C'mon was it really that hard to grasp?? 

acree
acree

Musical artists are our gift to the world.  I wish the internet was non-existent because it's beginning to show that our world is full of hateful, jealous, envious, malicious, idiotic and low-mentality lost souls who are miserable and who lack the courage to pursue their creative dreams and goals.  Kanye West and Jay Z. are easily worth close to billionaire status and there's no way they would jeopardize their status or wealth over petty jealousy as strong black men.  The public seems to eat every thing that is served up as the media feeds it to you.     

acree
acree

Let me tell you all why Kanye doesn't prefer "Suit & Tie".  This song has deep african beats and rhythms.  Why is Justin T., a white male pop singer delivering this song?  Justin's voice just is not near soulful enough.  He's only mimicking a style.  Like, this white boy trying to sound black, be black, sell black.  Artists need to stay within their range, and in this case not try to wade in the deep waters of soul music if you cannot deliver the soul.  Looks like Justin's bucks can buy him whatever he wants.  At first I didn't like it, then the beat grew pon me, I still don't like Justin singing this song.  A lot of soul singers will have to agree.     

jaguar
jaguar

It's confirmed; Kanye is a jealous little girl...L O S E R 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Time's up!  Get that West Klown outta here! 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Motor Mouth one more time.  Must be a slow news day.

hesalive
hesalive

Jesus said we are all going to be held accountable for every idle word. 

drippedmedia
drippedmedia

He did NOT diss Jay-Z. He clearly said that he has love for Hov, but He does not like Justin's song. I swear you news blogs, etc. Are always taking things out of context. But i digress, everyone makes their money some how. Each is own.

DominicaStrong
DominicaStrong

@acree but as artists aren't people regardless of color or background supposed to explore, learn, and push boundaries!? What's the point of being an artist if you can do what you want? Sure pay homage and respect to those who originated it, but always do and pursue what you want.