Today Gawker posted some audio that they purport to be Kanye West, ranting about Taylor Swift’s win, P!nk’s performance and award shows in general following the 2009 MTV VMAs. The story goes that the audio was recorded surreptitiously while Kanye ate with associates at Corner Bistro in NYC on the night of the awards. Although Ye was famously turned up that evening, his words here aren’t what I’d call particularly damning, and we’ve certainly heard him make similar remarks since then. So it’s kind of odd that whoever taped this would choose to leak it now for whatever reason. In his recent interview with the Times, he kind of backed away from the apology he issued after the incident.
Recording a person without their consent is of course illegal in New York, as it is in most states, unless the person doing the recording is a party to the conversation. I would imagine that you’d have to be sitting pretty close to somebody to get such clear audio in a noisy restaurant.
Check out a portion of a transcript below and hit Gawker for the audio.
I’d rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it’s like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… [Tape break] I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin’ Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.