• Mon, Jul 7 - 10:21 am ET

Kanye West Stopped A Concert To Complain About How Super Hard His Life Is

Kanye West dancing in a red suit GIFYou know what we haven’t had lately? A hypocritical rant from Kanye West! It’s probably been a few weeks since we’ve gotten a really classic one, which is about four years in Kanye rant time, so I was getting nervous!

Kanye was brought in as a replacement to perform at the Wireless festival in London after Drake got sick and couldn’t do it himself, so he already wasn’t anyone’s first choice. But that feeling only got stronger when he stopped his set for twenty minutes in the middle of the song ‘Runaway’ to complain about how hard his life is. And bear in mind that this is Kanye we’re talking about, so it wasn’t just random griping — it was like, Art Bitching. He frequently spoke about himself in the third person, wore a beaded silver mask over his face, and had the whole thing accompanied on keyboard.

During the rant itself, Kanye covered all types of ground, talking about being placed on probation after fighting with a photographer, the way he’s been portrayed as ‘crazy’, referring to paparazzi intrusion into his life as ‘rape’, and threatening to ‘stop every paparazzi [sic] one by one’ if he weren’t on probation. Charming.

“I don’t care what you do in life, everybody needs a day off, everybody has the right to say, ‘You know what, I need a minute to breathe’. I want to bring my family to the movies without thirty motherfuckers following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, ‘Hey, this is what we both want to do’. But if one of those people don’t want to do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That is called violation.”

Ohhhhh boy. I guess technically that’s the correct use of that term, but you’re on dangerous ground, here. Particularly because nobody places themselves in the public eye more than you and Kim Kardashian.

“I want my daughter to have that opportunity to decide whether she wants to be famous or not. I think to myself, what the fuck am I going to do, how can I change it and how can I give my daughter her childhood?”

SORRY WHAT? I couldn’t hear you over all the hypocrisy. Your daughter is barely a year old and she’s already been in Vogue, so I think the ship has kind of sailed on her making any kind of decision as to her future fame.

Throughout the rant, the crowd was apparently restless, sometimes booing and chanting ‘we want Drake!’, with a few people even leaving the concert as his ramblings neared the twenty-minute mark. Eventually he did do some songs from Yeezus and get back to, y’know, actually playing the concert he was at, but it’s nice to be reminded that Kanye is just as un-self-aware as I remembered. What a relief.

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  • Lily Savage

    You’re so right about his rant about his daughter. If he wanted her to have a normal life/childhood he shouldn’t be parading her around in Vogue or throwing her an elaborate birthday party that she’ll never remember. Not that I didn’t love looking at the pictures, she’s adorable, but his rant is dripping with hypocrisy.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Absolutely! Celebrity parents make the decision to let/help their kids be famous constantly and that’s their call, but you have to take responsibility for your role!

  • Samantha Escobar

    I hate–HATE–when celebrities compare the paparazzi to rape. Yes, it is fucking obnoxious and intrusive and shitty, but it is not the same as being sexually assaulted. It is not and will never be remotely close to the same thing.

    “Your daughter is barely a year old and she’s already been in Vogue, so I think the ship has kind of sailed on her making any kind of decision as to her future fame.”
    Seriously, this is so absurd. How is it possible that he is blaming the media for making his daughter’s life out in the open when he literally popped her on the cover of one of the single biggest magazines in the entire world? IDGI.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      And they Instagram her ALL the time! Whereas I have absolutely no idea what Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s daughter Lincoln looks like BECAUSE I’VE NEVER SEEN HER. She’s not famous, nor is Adele’s kid. North West — very very famous.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Srslyyyy. If Megan Fox can basically have a baby in secret and keep it secret for a month, I firmly believe most celebrities can do the same.

  • FauxRealFaux

    You do get the difference between voluntarily allowing your daughter in photographs and not wanting some creeps stalk you as they take pictures of your child? I agree with Kanye’s rant (except for the sexual assault part) he
    Is targeted and harrassed by random paparazzi all the time.

    Kanye is ultra talented, passionate, and intelligent and some are upset that he does not just smile and nod for the cameras. Not his style.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I get that difference, but I don’t think it really is a difference in the long run, because she ends up famous either way. It’s absolutely up to him how much exposure Kanye and Kim want to give Nori, but to say she’s only famous because paparazzi hound her parents strikes me as disingenuous.

    • FauxRealFaux

      It is about their right to decide who takes Nori’s picture and the type of exposure they allow of their child. Their right. Their choice.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Agreed, and they’ve made their choice, so as I said, it seems disingenuous that Kanye is pretending like it’s out of his control.

  • Dray

    The paparazzi may not be “rape” (a word which my dictionary doesn’t even recognise) but to a celebrity of his standing, they can almost certainly be likened to being raped, metaphorically.

    Kanye West- Rapper

    What are a rappers tools? Why, look at that, they are metaphors. Please don’t start another hashtag where women sit down, think of something “clever”, “biting”, “snarky” to say under the guise of “injustice among us”

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Are you talking about #yesallwomen?

    • Dray

      Are you asking for an incentive to start a riot? Do I look like I was born yesterday?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I was asking you to clarify a rather incendiary (yet vague) point that you made.

    • Dray

      One is not sent to thought prison for being vague. I’ll hold onto my freedom for now. My real point, anyway, was about kanyes’ likening the paparazzi to rape and how that might not be entirely inaccurate.

    • Alexis Rhiannon
    • Dray

      Oh, well that’s good to know.

  • capoupascap

    But you know what? Charlize Theron said very similar things and you applauded/agreed with her! So what’s the difference between the two in your mind? And frankly until Kanye got together with Kim he really wasn’t papped that often, and he still seems to want to avoid it as much as possible, though I frown heavily upon his violent threats to the paparazzi. And yes Nori was in Vogue but that is so different then being hounded upon by paps in the street! I just can’t agree with most of the critiques in this article at all.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yeah, I linked to the Charlize article where I said that he was technically accurate in his position! And just said that he was on dangerous ground.

      And I agree that North’s level of exposure has more to do with Kim than with Kanye, but he’s a partner in both those relationships (as both a husband and a father), so it’s odd to me that he’s not taking responsibility for the fact that Nori is ALREADY famous.

      And regardless, all of this came out during a weird rant onstage, not in an interview, so it’s disconnected and rambling, ergo harder for me to get on board with.

    • capoupascap

      Ah I didn’t click thru to see that that was a link to the Charlize article. I most definitely agree that in the middle of a concert is a very inappropriate venue for his tirade.

  • bea

    I never know whether to be sick of Kanye or have sympathy for him.
    Because I do feel bad for him, getting followed by the paparazzi all the time must be horrible, it must suck having no privacy. But at the same time he can generally come across as such an arrogant asshole that I don’t feel inclined to defend him.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Totally agree. It’s hard for me to sympathize with his (very legitimate) points when he’s so irritating while making them.

    • Jennie Blair

      I have issues feeling bad for anyone with that much ego. I feel bad for the kid, she was named after a budget airline and is just used as another cog in the kartrashian machine. If he wanted her to have a normal quite life he should have married someone who isn’t famous for no reason.