Kanye disses Jay-Z, ‘Suit and Tie’ and Grammys at London concert
Expletive-laced rants are nothing new to Kanye West, but this time the hip-hop star took aim at Justin Timberlake and his longtime pal Jay-Z.
“Creativity fuels everything,” he began, before taking on the Grammys, corporate sponsorships and J.T. and Hova’s new single, “Suit and Tie.”
Appearing at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Saturday night, West went on a 10-minute tangent, laid over the moody instrumental track from “Clique,” a song he and Jay-Z recorded together, reported Billboard.
“Remind me again why we in this ... ,” Kanye rapped. “Since when was making music about getting rich, since when was making art about getting rich?”
But the brow-raiser came a few minutes into his “impromptu” number. “I got nothing but love for Hov, but I ain’t ... with that ‘Suit and Tie,’ ” he said. You can see the whole tirade here (Warning: Profanity included!).
The dig comes just days after Jay-Z and Timberlake announced a 12-city joint tour slated for this summer. The duo has been performing “Suit and Tie” all over the place recently, including a show-stealing sepia-toned number at the Grammys two weeks ago.
West’s rambling turned a corner when he took on corporate sponsorships: “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? ... What’s my public rating now? Are they liking me again? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? OK, cool.”
One of West’s most famous diatribes came in 2009 after he stormed the stage as Taylor Swift accepted a Video Music Awards honor for best female video to announce that Beyonce deserved the award.
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