Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has revealed he has issues toward country singer Taylor Swift by pointing out her lack of support for him after becoming a media target for interrupting her 2009 Video Music Awards speech.
Speaking at an unscheduled New York City performance last night (November 23), Yeezy accused Swift of using him to gain more fame.
Kanye West is still angry at Taylor Swift. At a surprise performance of his acclaimed new album at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom around 1 a.m. Wednesday, West, 33, launched another attack against the country star, 20, whom he famously ambushed at the 2009 Video Music Awards. During his rant, West seemed to suggest that the Speak Now singer used the VMA brouhaha to bolster her fame. “Taylor never came to my defense at any interview,” West ranted. “And rode the waves and rode it and rode it,” he sniped of Swift. (Us Magazine)
Last September, Yeezy penned an XXL Magazine editorial recalling the aftermath of his televised interruption.
“The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend. How could I not, at a certain point, be like, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been at the awards show. I’m sorry.’ Not that I don’t deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn’t happen again…I knew I wasn’t in a great spot publicly after the incident, but I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace. In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone.” (XXL Magazine)
West recently said how much of an impact the incident would have on his life moving forward.
“It was just such a hard, shell-shocking year. Because there was no bad intent on my part, it’s just more bad timing. It was purely good intent. So to have been dragged through that for a year, it’s just amazing. I mean, I don’t know if it’s over. I’ll probably wear the scar for the rest of my life.” (Beat Crave)
Over the summer, Yeezy also issued a public apology to Swift via Twitter.
“Man I love Twitter… I’ve always been at the mercy of the press but no more… The media tried to demonize me,” Ye tweeted yesterday (September 4th).
“They wanted yall to believe I was a monster in real life so youguys wouldn’t listen or buy my music anymore.”
“I feel like they were waiting for the opportunity to go in all the way on me and when it came they beat me to a pulp”
“I want to win there hearts back so I can continue to bring my take on culture to the masses with a clean opinion.”
“It starts with this…I’m sorry Taylor.” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
Check out last year’s Taylor Swift/Kanye West incident and footage from Ye’s show last night below: