*Four years after Kanye West famously jacked Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs, it’s back in the headlines thanks to an audio recording that has recently surfaced.
The website Gawker says the recording captures West on the same night continuing to rant about Swift beating Beyonce in a video category. He’s heard telling a table full of friends that “Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyonce as long as [I’m] alive. … My mother died for this fame shit! I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head.”
West continued to rant about the injustice of having to sit through two Pink songs that “nobody knows,” instead of performing his own single, “Heartless,” which was “the biggest song of the year” and “had the most spins of the first quarter.”
According to Gawker, the audio was said to be recorded secretly while West was at dinner with friends after leaving Radio City Music Hall on the night of the 2009 VMAs (September 13, 2009). “Our tipster tells us that West shared a table with other musicians (none of whom are easily identifiable in the audio above) at the Corner Bistro in New York’s West Village,” Gawker reports.
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 f**kin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a f**kin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake s**t, I went back and rewrote my s**t for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I f**kin’ 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 mother**king 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 f**kin’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame s**t! I moved to f**kin’ Hollywood chasing this s**t. My mother died because of this s**t. F**k MTV.
It ain’t no love. What the f**k was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the f**k Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform “Heartless.” “Heartless” is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she’s pink! They put me in a f**kin’ room and [inaudible – maybe “projected it”].
[A male voice asks, “How the f**k did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?”] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear – “ran all this shit,” maybe]. I said, “Ni**a, I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head. I’m runnin’ up to y’all, put a…” [tape cuts].