Say what you will about Kanye West's music or sanity, but when he talks, we listen. And when he rants during concerts, we take YouTube videos, share said videos, and ask each other, "So, what drug was he on this night?"
The latest Kanye Rant comes to us live from Londontown, one of his "hometowns." As you can see in the video above, after stopping a performance of "Clique" Kanye goes OFF. He tells the audience that he hates "Suit & Tie." He reminds everyone for the 84th time that he hates the Grammys. And he tells a roomful of business people that he "hates business people." This is cheered.
In all seriousness, if you can wade through the crazy, Kanye does make a decent point about "Suit & Tie." It wasn't a single so much as a commercial assault—released alongside major ad campaigns for Target and Bud Light Platinum, and pimped with a forced Grammys performance designed to hype Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's summer stadium tour, "Suit & Tie" is far, far from being just about the music.
But then again, so is Kanye.
Here's the full transcript via Consequence of Sound:
Creativity fuels everything. I hate business people. People get at me and say, ‘What kind of business can it do? What type of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell? What’s the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with yo face on it and shit?’ (Sings) Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? It’s gotta be more than just to get rich. Since when was making music about getting rich? Since when was making art about getting rich? And I know it’s easy for me to say this. And having money’s not everything. And having it is. Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why the Grammys can suck my dick? Remind me again who’s the original Superfly? I got love for Hov, but I aint fucking with that Suit & Tie. Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? Every n***er trying to get rich. And every rapper always rapping about fucking someone else. Bitch. Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit? Why the Grammys can suck my dick? Suck my dick. Bitch. And every motherfucking sponsorship. They trying to put their logos on every concert and shit. For the meet and greet, you gotta meet the execs and their daughters. And they’ll show you what they just bought her. Remind me why we in this shit? Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! They saying you coming off too strong in this shit. They always sayin’ what I’m doing wrong in this shit! Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything! Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything! Remind me why we in this shit? I lost my motherfucking mom! Talking bout your comments, I could give a fuck about your comments. Cause we all gonna day some day, and I’m live my life my way! So, you gonna help me put on a better show, corporations? Can you please support me? Please? Me, Kanye West. I swear I’m a nice leader now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please. Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a pool in my backyard! So I’ll tell all my fans your shit is cool. And if they believe in me, then they’ll also believe in you. ‘Did we get the check yet? I gotta call the business manager. Did the corporations send the check? What is my public rating? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? Cool. Is it OK now? Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit.
[H/T: Consequence of Sound]