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Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift, Pink and Eninem In Leaked Tape From 2009

If Kanye West was super upset about his ‘Black Skinhead’ video being leaked, he’ll probably be extra annoyed that a tape from 2009 and obtained by Gawker – apparently from the very night of his infamous MTV VMA/Taylor Swift brouhaha – has now been released to the public. In the game, Kanye rants against Taylor, against Pink (what did she ever do to you?), about Eminem, his late mother’s death, etc. It’s sorta nutso in the way that only Kanye can be.

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.

Kanye Is STEAMED That His Video Got Leaked

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Kanye‘s video for “Black Skinhead” was leaked, and while he was kind of “whatever” about his album leaking, he’s STEAMED that the video got out. And we all know what happens when Kanye gets angry.

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.

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Kanye West’s Video for ‘Black Skinhead’ Is Here And It’s Weird

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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?

Of Course Kanye West Pitched Some “Grandiose” Ideas to Apple’s Steve Wozniak

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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?

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Bought North West $7,500 Worth of Gifts

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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.

Lou Reed Says Kanye’s New Album Has “Beauty And Greatness”

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Lou Reed, now a gentle poet in his golden years, has high praise for Kanye West and his latest album, “Yeezus”. Lou Reed is great. I mean, in theory. He used to be great. He’s okay now. I would go to brunch with him. Here’s what he said about Kanye’s music, via ContactMusic.com. And there’s a lot of praise. Maybe this will finally lift Kanye’s low self-esteem.

There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit. But the guy really, really, really is talented. He’s really trying to raise the bar. No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet. There’s a lot going on there: horns, piano, bass, drums, electronic effects, all rhythmically matched – towards the end of the track ["Blood on the Leaves"], there’s now twice as much sonic material. But Kanye stays unmoved while this mountain of sound grows around him. Such an enormous amount of work went into making this album. Each track is like making a movie.

Very often, he’ll have this very monotonous section going and then, suddenly – ‘BapBapBapBap!’ – he disrupts the whole thing and we’re on to something new that’s absolutely incredible. That’s architecture, that’s structure – this guy is seriously smart. He keeps unbalancing you. He’ll pile on all this sound and then suddenly pull it away, all the way to complete silence, and then there’s a scream or a beautiful melody, right there in your face. That’s what I call a sucker punch.

If you like sound, listen to what he’s giving you. Majestic and inspiring.

Seriously he said ALL OF THIS about Kanye. I ain’t mad, I love Kanye, I’m just surprised. Maybe he and Kanye will start hanging out now. Get some brunch. They can scowl together.

Mr. Reed was recently hospitalized for dehydration but he’s okay now.

Kim Kardashian Gave Kanye West Some Weird Father’s Day Gifts

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Kanye West celebrated his first Father’s Day this year, and of course Kim Kardashian got him a gift that every dad wants: signed Apple mice (mouses?) signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Erm… cool, I guess?


This is a pretty cool gift if you’re into technology, I guess. Kanye isn’t, really – he just thinks he’s the Steve Jobs of the music industry, if you remember that amazing New York Times profile.

“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means,” he said in a recent interview with the New York Times. “I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”

Yeah, okay, bro.