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Kanye West rants about Justin Timberlake, corporate sponsorship, and the Grammys

on February 23, 2013, 8:51pm

kanye rant Kanye West rants about Justin Timberlake, corporate sponsorship, and the Grammys

Kanye West was back on stage in London tonight, and along with his performance of “Clique” came another epic rant. This time around, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s single “Suit & Tie” was among his targets, telling the audience, “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fucking with that ‘Suit & Tie’.” (Below is a reenactment of West’s reaction after hearing the song.)

kanye itunes Kanye West rants about Justin Timberlake, corporate sponsorship, and the Grammys

Kanye also ranted about the sanctity of art over commerce (“Since when was making art about getting rich? And I know it’s easy for me to say this. Having money’s not everything, not having it is”), his distrust of corporate sponsorships (“So, you gonna help me put on a better show, corporations? Can you please support me? Please? Me, Kanye West. I swear I’m a nice leader now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on”), and, once more, how much he *hates* the Grammys (“Remind me again why the Grammys can suck my dick?”)

You may disagree with him, but Kanye with a grudge, a microphone, and a packed stadium is more lethal than a heavyweight boxer and more entertaining than 1,000 Cirque du Soleil shows. Watch him in rare form below.

Here’s the entire transcript of the near-10-minute tirade. For fun, count how many times he uses “dick” or “shit” :

Creativity fuels everything. I hate business people. People get at me and say, ‘What kind of business can it do? What type of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell? What’s the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with yo face on it and shit?’ (Sings) Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? It’s gotta be more than just to get rich. Since when was making music about getting rich? Since when was making art about getting rich? And I know it’s easy for me to say this. And having money’s not everything. And having it is. Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why the Grammys can suck my dick? Remind me again who’s the original Superfly? I got love for Hov, but I aint fucking with that Suit & Tie. Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? Every n***er trying to get rich. And every rapper always rapping about fucking someone else. Bitch. Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit? Why the Grammys can suck my dick? Suck my dick. Bitch. And every motherfucking sponsorship. They trying to put their logos on every concert and shit. For the meet and greet, you gotta meet the execs and their daughters. And they’ll show you what they just bought her. Remind me why we in this shit? Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! They saying you coming off too strong in this shit. They always sayin’ what I’m doing wrong in this shit! Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything! Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything! Remind me why we in this shit? I lost my motherfucking mom! Talking bout your comments, I could give a fuck about your comments. Cause we all gonna day some day, and I’m live my life my way! So, you gonna help me put on a better show, corporations? Can you please support me? Please? Me, Kanye West. I swear I’m a nice leader now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please. Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a pool in my backyard! So I’ll tell all my fans your shit is cool. And if they believe in me, then they’ll also believe in you. ‘Did we get the check yet? I gotta call the business manager. Did the corporations send the check? What is my public rating? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? Cool. Is it OK now? Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit.

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