News: Mos Def Airs Out Jay Leno, "[Kanye West's Mom] Would Need To Smack Your F*cking Banana Face-Having A**" [Audio]
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 9:00AM
Mos Def has sided with Kanye West in light of last weekend's Video Music Awards controversy and aired out television host Jay Leno for using the rapper's deceased mother for a question during their televised interview.
Reportedly speaking from club Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland, Def also questioned why Ye's rant has gotten more publicity than President Barack Obama's message to Congress interruption earlier this month.
"Can I be real with you for a minute?," Mos asked a crowd of fans. "Kanye West is my friend, my brother...This motherf*cker ain't kill nobody, ain't take nobody money, he ain't slap that girl. He expressed a sentiment that she was sitting at home feeling, probably. He ain't do it at an appropriate time but he apologized for that...Leave my man alone. He's at least done something good to make you feel good...So this energy right here is for my brother, Kanye West. Don't none of y'all motherf*ckers rock with him if you think he this, think he that. I'm rocking with him...When they start kicking on me like that, I hope somebody on a national platform says 'That's my motherf*cking man.' And Jay Leno, with your banana boat face having a**, you need to apologize to Kanye West for having him with his mother [would say], what she would think, she would think she'd need to smack your f*cking banana face-having a** face off trying to be slick..." (YouTube)
Speaking with Leno on Monday (September 14) night, Yeezy offered another apology to country singer Taylor Swift.
""It's been extremely difficult...Just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people. My entire life, I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. And I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong, and it wasn't a spectacle -- it's actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on. And it was very -- it was rude, period. And, you know, I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person...I deal with hurt. And, you know, so many celebrities, they never take the time off. I've never taken the time off to really -- just music after music and tour after tour. I'm just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else's hurt. My dream of what awards shows are supposed to be -- and I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. That's period. But I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. Because I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. And if there's anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I'd like -- you know, I want to live this thing. It's hard sometimes..." ("The Jay Leno Show")
During an interview last Friday (September 18), Jay-Z also defended Ye.
"[Kanye is] like my little brother, I pretty much introduced him on the first Blueprint... He's just a super passionate person, and of course it was rude because it was her moment but that's how he really felt... I think it was rude, but I don't think, the way they're treating, it's on the front of every paper, he didn't kill anybody, like, no one got harmed... At the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion... As he grows and matures, he's got to know how to balance that. He'll learn that in the years to come...That passion wasn't fake, it wasn't staged... I don't think he should lay low, I think he should go on tour and have a brilliant career...The thing you have to realize about it, he's been that passionate from his first record, he used to jump on tables, I'm trying to make the first Blueprint and he's jumping on tables. [laughs] If he had changed because of his success, then it would be something else, then it would be a different thing but he's always been that passionate." (BBC Radio)
Controversial television host Bill O'Reilly used the incident to poke fun at Yeezy on his daily talk show.
"Time now for 'Pinheads & Patriots,' usually we begin with the Patriots but for tonight, the Pinhead kicks it off," O'Reilly said prior to beginning to play the VMA footage. "Well we may have made Mr. West a pinhead before but he is one troubled guy. Now on the Patriot side, almost immediately after that happened, a parody was made up..." ("The O'Reilly Factor")
Check out Mos Def speaking on Kanye West below: