News: Kanye West Puts It All On The Line: "This Is Like Being A Police Officer Or At War" [Video]
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 8:48AM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West recently discussed just how hard he goes for hip-hop and why people should realize his life is in danger every time he steps onto the stage.
In Ye's opinion, the sacrifices he makes as an entertainer are comparable to an officer of the law.
"I'm putting my life at risk. I think when I'm on the 'Can't Tell Me Nothin'' and 'Coldest Winter' moment, like, that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped and my leg happens and you never know. I think about my family. I'm like, 'Wow.' This is like being a police officer or at war or something. You're literally going out to do your job every day and knowing that something could happen verbally from the press bashing you. Something could happen to you from people not liking you anymore because of your records and you could actually slip on that stage. It's like we're walking this tight rope and we're fighting for creativity and fighting for ideas and fighting for thought. I'll explain it to my daughter one day that me and her mother, we had to fight for this position that we'll finally have." ("Saturday Night Online)
Last week, reports of Ye having problems filling up a Midwest concert venue surfaced.
Kanye West's troubled-plagued tour continues with the latest stop on the Yeezus extravaganza filling only 4,500 of the over 19,000 seats in the Kansas City Sprint Center. Kim Kardashian's baby daddy has had to cancel multiple concerts on the tour for what he says are technical difficulties, and the Tuesday night show was a "thin turnout," according to the Kansas City Star. "West almost certainly could have filled the Sprint Center five years ago," the paper reported. "Tuesday's poor attendance indicates how his scandalous love life, frequent impolite pronouncements and his gradual shift away from conventional hip-hop have alienated many of his fans." (RadarOnline)
A few days prior, Mr. West worked up a fit during his Tampa, Florida performance over technical issues.
West threw a tantrum during his Tampa, Fla. concert on November 30, stopping the show after only three songs, demanding the lights be turned off, spewing an expletive rant at his tech crew and storming off stage. However, in Kansas City West was more contrite and didn't rant for too long, just talking to the audience for a mere eight minutes. "I don't always say the right things at the right time," he said. "I'm better at saying the wrong things at the wrong time." (RadarOnline)
Last month, Mr. West singled out Lenny Kravtiz during his New York Yeezus concert.
Kanye West wowed the Garden Sunday night -- but interrupted the concert for a 20- minute rant against the fashion industry, calling himself "The 2Pac of this [bleep]" and the "No. 1 rock star on the planet." In the middle of a blistering performance, West went on a bizarre diatribe about Lenny Kravitz -- not realizing that Kravitz was actually there in the audience cringing. Before a crowd that included Leo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Busta Rymes and John McEnroe, West raved, "It's so funny when people compliment me and they say the word 'genius' as if that somehow separates me from other rappers in some way .... I need you all to realize that Jay Z is a genius, and Drake is a genius .... we are the modern day poets, obviously." (Page Six)
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