*Kanye West had another headline-making rant during a stop on his Yeezus Tour.
The latest took place Saturday in Newark, New Jersey – and, as always, during the extended performance of his track “Runaway.”
“So every media outlet, I don’t care who you are — TMZ, E!, Barbara Walters — don’t play yourself,” West warned. “Respect it as such. SNL, all you writers, Lorne Michaels, respect it as such. ‘Cause when we standing face to face, you know who you’re looking at.”
He then went on to equate himself to Prince, Missy Elliot, and Lauryn Hill, before offering his hypothesis on why he gets picked apart in the press.
“Write that motherf**king headline when you try to make me look like a maniac or an animal, because you afraid of interracial relationships, because you afraid of the future, because you afraid of a rapper that was raised by two educated parents,” West said, adding, “Don’t think that I’m upset, because I’m actually very, very happy.”
Responding to their namedrop, TMZ dismissed Kanye’s accusations, writing “Funny … we thought we were ragging on him long before he hooked up with Kim.” Watch below.
Meanwhile, West will take his Yeezus Tour to Australia this spring. Promoters Live Nation today announced a May trek that would swing the rapper each of Australia’s five big cities.
The tour kicks off May 2 at Perth Arena, then visit Adelaide Entertainment Centre on May 4, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on May 6, Brisbane Entertainment Centre on May 9 and finish at Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre) on May 10. General tickets go on sale Feb. 24 (earlier with Live Nation and Ticketek exclusive pre-sales).
Kanye last played to Australian audiences on the early 2012 Big Day Out tour, and as a headliner at the Splendour in the Grass festival six months before that. The “Yeezus” outing will be his first solo headlining tour of Australia since 2008.
Pusha T, who is signed to West’s label Good Music, will make his Australian debut as the opening act.
The global “Yeezus” tour kicked off last October with a bunch of North American dates, presented by AEG Live.
Kanye West’s “Yeezus Tour” of Australia:
May 2 — Perth Arena
May 4 — Adelaide Entertainment Centre
May 6 — Melbourne Rod Laver Arena