Kanye West got into another altercation with a photographer, this time at LAX. A photographer hounded Kanye with questions and instead of ignoring him, Kanye advanced and the paparazzo ran. Kanye caught up with him and tried to wrestle the camera out of his hands, but the photographer was clinging to it pretty tightly. Kanye gave up and the photographer slunk to the ground. Kanye didn’t punch, hit, or kick him once. Some of these reports are making it sound like the fight scene from Anchorman. Not even close.
Regardless, LAPD started a battery investigation. And as our own Jennifer pointed out, “Isn’t this what he has a bodyguard for?” Good point! But I guess Kanye would rather make his own terrible decisions. From The Los Angeles Times:
The incident was reported about 2 p.m. Friday and took place outside the lower level of the Tom Bradley terminal, police said.
A scuffle took place after a photographer continued to take pictures of the rapper after being told that West did not want his picture taken, sources familiar with the investigation said.
Paramedics were called to the scene after the paparazzo complained of injuries. Sources said there were no immediate or visible signs of injury.
West left the area before police arrived.
TMZ has 2 videos (each one from a different angle!)
NICE JOB, KANYE. REAL SMART.
July 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Here’s the transcript:
I’d rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it’s like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… [Tape break] I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin’ Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain’t no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform “Heartless.” “Heartless” is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she’s pink! They put me in a fuckin’ room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the fuck did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear - "ran all this shit," maybe]. I said, “Nigga, I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head. I’m runnin’ up to y’all, put a…” [tape cuts].
I mean, I try to let Kanye rock with whatever insanity he’s spouting, but I’m particularly intrigued by his claim that his mother died for fame. Um… she didn’t, actually – she unfortunately passed away due to complications from plastic surgery and she wasn’t famous, nor was she trying to be. I understand the loose connection he’s going for, I suppose, but it’s loose at best.
July 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
He took his anger to twitter. He’s probably typing so hard he’s BREAKING HIS F-CKING MAC BOOK AIR!!!!!!
Here’s what he said via twitter:
The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version. Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it’s heartbreaking when something like this happens. The final version will be ready within the next week. So any website that may have the unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down. Allow me and Nick to give the world what we’ve been losing sleep over.
And then, of course, because he’s Kanye he added,
And to who ever leaked the video… FUK YOU!
As of now, the video has NOT been taken down.
July 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I know I gave poor little Kanye West a tough time over Yeezus, which on first (and honestly, second and third) listen sounded a lot like a patient project at your local mental institution. It’s since actually really grown on me. It’s still just as absolutely batshit crazy as it ever was, but there’s an undeniable energy – or really, a fervor – to it that’s undeniable and if nothing else, at least grabs your attention as you wait to hear what wackadoodle theories he’ll spout off next.
In any case, ‘Black Skinhead’ (first performed on SNL, as you probably remember) is a single from the album and the video for it has leaked. It’s dark – literally, there’s zero lighting so you can only make out basic silhouettes of Yeezy throughout, which is probably all part of his grand artistic vision. It’s slightly scary, but that’s perhaps just because of the Marilyn Manson sample used in the single and Marilyn Manson used to terrify me as a child. (For the record, he kinda cracks me up as an adult.) I dunno – what do you think?
July 9, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Steve Wozniak is a good guy, so obviously he was nice enough to sign an Apple mouse for superfan Kanye West when he… visited Kim and Kanye in the hospital after the birth of North West. Yes, that was Kim’s Father’s Day gift for Kanye, and he was all too pleased! He even got to have lunch with the Apple co-founder, during which he started spouting off a whole bunch of nonsense and probably made poor Steve wish he was anywhere else.
From ABC News:
“It was going to be a big surprise for Kanye,” Wozniak told ABC News in an interview. “What a beautiful idea from Kim.”
During the visit, Kanye shared some of those business ideas with Wozniak. “It was an excellent conversation for about two hours and he finally got into his grandiose business ideas,” Wozniak said. “I have some comments to give him. I have been thinking about it since the meeting.”
LOLLLLLL! “Grandiose” ideas describes Kanye to a T. They also apparently discussed his desire to be the “Steve [Jobs] of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture”. I can’t. And don’t worry, Steve, I have a few “comments” for Kanye, as well, though they’re not suitable for printing on this website.
Also, this begs the question: since the mice were only signed on Father’s Day and Steve Jobs is, well, decidedly not alive, did Kanye… ask Woz to sign Jobs’ name? What in the holy hell?
July 8, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t know if Jay-Z and Beyoncé are gunning to be the godparents of North West or what, but they apparently bought Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s new baby $7,500 worth of presents just for being born. WHAT?
From The Sun:
KANYE WEST and KIM KARDASHIAN’s ludicrously named nipper North won’t have the shame of a third-hand Scotland strip to worry about – especially not with superstar family pals like BEYONCE and JAY-Z.
The couple showed up at gran KRIS JENNER’s Beverly Hills gaff with more than £5,000 ($7,500) of presents for the nipper.
They brought a load of posh baby gear to commemorate the birth, including personalised Christian Dior baby booties.
They also splashed out on a three-piece sterling silver Elsa Peretti Padova baby set with North’s name engraved on each item.
The fork, spoon and cup set is one of the most popular baby gifts sold by fancy jeweller Tiffany’s.
A source said: “Kanye is one of Jay-Z’s closest friends so he wanted to get the best gift. They’ve had a girl themselves, so they know the right type of present.
“They also brought their baby girl Blue Ivy to come over and meet North.
“She’s old enough now to be really interested in babies. Any bad blood between the ladies has all been brushed under the carpet now Kim’s a mum – Beyonce was even sharing weight-loss tips with her.”
Christian Dior baby booties? WHY? What a colossal waste of money, considering the kid is going to grow out of them in, like, a month. I really don’t get why celebrities feel the need to spend so much money on such dumb things. I’ve always said that even if (WHEN – I’m Secret-ing that shit) I get rich, I’ll still be shopping at Target and looking for bargains because I’m cheap as hell. I mean, there’s certain things I’ll splash out on – I like gadgets and fancy computers and stuff – but beyond that, I’ll be clipping coupons. (I kid, I’m not quite that bad.)
Anyway, I guess it’s nice to see that poor little North West won’t be going without.