Kanye West made sure to speak his mind last night at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC in front of Diddy, Q-Tip, comic Aziz Ansari and a crew of music bloggers and writers during a surprise performance from his highly-anticipated new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The subject of his rant — Taylor Swift, who he infamously attacked at the 2009 VMAs.
“Taylor never came to my defense at any interview,” Kanye proclaimed on stage as bright flashing lights set the mood around him, via New York Magazine‘s blog Vulture. “And rode the waves and rode it and rode it.
Not only did he make jabs at the 20-year-old country queen, Kanye also went after Matt Lauer, who he recently had an altercation with on the Today Show.
Kanye said he felt “exploited” during the interview with Matt about former President George W. Bush, who in a recent interview said that Kanye calling him a “racist” for his handling of Katrina was one of the “lowest moments” in his presidency.
“Because [of] the popularity of me, they exploited that…That’s not what he f*cking said!” Kanye ranted of being a victim of media manipulation. “That’s not what he said! He said it was one of his lowest moments. But it shows you — the way they try to villainize, the way they tried to do that.”
Listen to Kanye’s rant in the clip below. Do you think his points are valid?
His performance of “Monster” with Nicki Minaj.