Kanye West has never been one to mince words.
For better or worse (worse if you’re a president, pop star or a fashion house), you can count on West to speak his mind -- even if you just want to hear him plow through his catalog of hits.
In what’s become customary, West dedicated some of his stage time during a recent gig to just that.
The stage for his latest impromptu diatribe? London’s Wireless Festival.
During his headlining slot this weekend (he replaced Drake, who pulled out due to an illness), West got sidetracked during “Runaway” and launched into one of his infamous rants.
For more than 10 minutes (watch the video here), a masked West ranted about everything from his frustrations with fashion houses to his own fame -- you know, the usual.
“People be looking at me like I've got a problem or something. Like I’m uncontrollable .. like I don’t do what I’m supposed to,” West said. “It's like they want to have everyone so brainwashed. They want to control everybody -- rumors, lies, media, marketing.
“It’s like they want to steal you from you and sell you back to you after they stole it.”
West eventually turned his focus toward the fashion industry, a well-worn topic for the rapper.
“I’m not dissing Louis Vuitton, I’m not dissing the Gucci group and ... I’m just saying, don’t discriminate against me because I’m a black man, or because I’m a celebrity, to determine that I can’t create,” he added. “Cause, you know damn well, no black guy or celebrity's making no Louis Vuitton nothing.”
There were boos, and lots of them. And jeers. And F-bombs from confused fans wondering what in the heck West was ranting about. There were cheers too.
But to be fair, the cheers came when West asked whether anybody believed they were awesome.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times