Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West unloaded his frustrations over the weekend in England admitting he feels people view him as a troubled artist.
Specifically, Ye told fans at the annual Big Chill music festival Saturday (August 6) night he is ultimately misunderstood.
“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f*cking insane, like I’m Hitler,” he said. “One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did, ever said, was to throw myself on the blade for the sake of someone else. For the sake of people, for the sake of New Orleans. For the sake of honest music. For the sake of honest judgement.” (Roc Nation UK)
Ye also expressed how important the showcase was to him.
“This is my most important gig of the summer – but I’m really frustrated. I only have half of my voice. I just want things to be right. This is the reason we started half an hour late…There is so much bullsh*t going on in the music industry right now. Someone needs to make a difference.” (Monsters & Critics)
On a lighter note, Ye did pay homage to the late singer Amy Winehouse.
At the end of his headline set, the rapper told the crowds about the time he met Amy: ‘I was at Paris fashion week a few years ago with my fiancee at the time. We went to a house party and I met this beautiful, amazing, talented and funny woman. This is in memory of her’. He then performed a medley of Winehouse’s hits, including ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and ‘Back To Black’. (Pop Dash)
Last year, G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Rhymefest defended West from critics.
“The crazy thing is people hate you, then when you put another album out they like you again,” he said in an interview. “I think that we as a people are so force-fed by corporations that we don’t know what we want. Yeah, people were mad at Kanye last year, but they’re also looking forward to him putting another album out. Soon as the album drops they are going to forget why they were mad in the first place. I think people love Kanye because he speaks his mind and there ain’t that many Black men that do that and why we are on it, n*ggas need to stop fronting like that White girl deserved that award. They knew what he was saying and need to cut it out, for real.” (XXL Mag)
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