Listen To Kanye’s Post-2009 VMAs Rant

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.

Previously: A Scene from Kanye’s Larry David Inspired HBO Pilot


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22 Responses to “Listen To Kanye’s Post-2009 VMAs Rant”

  1. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    what kinda chemical imbalance does it take to comment from a bsk perspective?

    ‘co aubrey new album bodying the lane
    he can sing in bitch minor
    the fellas will cop because the hoes will
    love it.
    how many owls get heartbroken in
    October?
    my next beat will be ask XO, no OVO
    altoids are curiously strong’

  2. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    It’s called OG Kush boy lmao

  3. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    All these albums been weak
    So maybe drake wins again
    ***shudders***
    HE won’t rule the summer thou

  4. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Oh ok I see papoose gonna go the conscious rapper route lol

    “Oh When the checks
    Oh when the checks
    Ohhhhhhh whhhheeeeeennnnn the chhheeeecccckkkkssss stooopppp coooommmiiiinnnn innnnnnnn”

  5. captain planet Says:

    I wrote my fuckin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin’ month!

    ^

    that’s one of his best verses

    but now that i know it took him a month to write …

  6. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Chris Christie be president before 50 album drops
    Dangit

  7. Gob Bluth Says:

    As much money as black people spend ain’t no way in hell they gone let us cross over to the other side, it’s not economically feasible

    i said months ago the us economy is a ponzi scheme, that’s part of the reason we have welfare

    it is what it is

  8. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    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.

    > lols. apparently ye got that bsk flow too.

  9. captain planet Says:

    ***Biggumskiller***
    2 mins ago
    All these albums been weak
    So maybe drake wins again
    ***shudders***
    HE won’t rule the summer thou

    ^

    his album comes out in september

    AND NO ONE IS STOPPING ME !

  10. Harlem World Says:

    [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.

    ==============
    ouch

    that henn-ess-eeeee >>>

  11. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    I was a big Pap fan back before that jive deal
    He never been the same
    When he was doing charades and law library rapping about Sean bell
    That was good music
    When Rem get out he’ll get a second chance

  12. captain planet Says:

    ***Biggumskiller***
    1 min ago

    Chris Christie be president before 50 album drops
    Dangit

    ^

    damn it can be rough when a stan lets reality in

    you all right bro ?

    you need a g-unit wifebeater ?

  13. Gob Bluth Says:

    Classic

  14. captain planet Says:

    damn tho

    a multiplatinum rapper can’t even eat in private no more ?

    taping niggas like they mitt romney

    yo when that taped mitt romney 47% thing came out i was stoked cus is helped barry o

    but taping niggas ???

    at least liberals were willing to be as crazy as conservatives i guess

  15. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Kev you crazy lol
    But yeah Fuck MTV!
    Ever since they canceled that triple six mafia show
    Where can I watch repeats of that show?

  16. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    That album is never coming out is it?
    <<<<Stares out window at police car

  17. captain planet Says:

    ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.

    ^

    * falls back *

  18. captain planet Says:

    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!

    ^

    this verse wasn’t so special

    that’s the one with the mclovin line right ? lol

  19. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Yeezus was trash throwaway 808s music

    3.5 good tracks

  20. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    The BLT is the goat sammich
    No bin laden

  21. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    lol @ being a pap fan
    thas like being a groupie of cornfields
    where these ears be stalking a kernel?
    orville shit pop better than pap
    covered in butter leathers
    oversized fitted during the fade
    unfollow me, nigga

  22. AFGun Says:

    i blame his mother for failing as a parent. the way people conduct themselves is a reflection of the way they been raised

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