Kanye West, known for his long-winded rants, is at it again.
This time, West interrupted his closing set at the U.K.’s Wireless Festival on July 4 with more of a rant than a rap, to a crowd that quickly went from applause to boos.
Concertgoers said West freestyle ranted for more than 20 minutes on a range of topics, from alleged discrimination within the fashion industry to his marriage to Kim Kardashian. And in true Kanye style, he donned a glittery, bejeweled full-face mask during his performance at Finsbury Park in London.
After finishing “Runaway, ”West, 37, paused his headlining act when he began to preach to the audience about his talents, and the audience’s talents and creative potential, too. West also told the crowd to follow their dreams because he told his wife seven years ago that he was going to marry her, and didn’t say “try.”
It’s not the first time West has engaged in an on-stage venting session. However, his speech Friday night had some notable moments.
“You know, people be looking at me like I got a problem or something,” West began his auto-tuned lecture. “Like I’m uncontrollable, or something.”
But as far as he’s concerned, everyone is a star, West sang to kick off his off-the-cuff remarks. He also made sure to let the crowd know his thoughts on the media’s representation of his image. “First thing they do is crush your dreams, then add a couple drops of low self-esteem,” West said. “And control you with lies, control you with lies, control you lies, but we going out of control tonight.”
West went on to say he has been the victim of “dishumanization” by his critics, admitting he’d just invented the word on the spot.
“What have I ever done that was so wrong, other than believing in myself? If believing in yourself is so, so, so wrong, and the other side is so, so, so, so strong in trying to beat down, and demonize and dishumanize and I don’t know if that’s a word or not, and if it’s not a word then I said it’s a [bleeping] word.”
West said he’s not particularly angry, but the media spins the idea of celebrity to make him seem stupid. “I’m not going to call no names, I’m not going to say Nike or anything,” West added. “I’m not dissing Louis Vuitton, I’m not dissing the Gucci group. “I’m just saying don’t discriminate against me because I’m a black man or because I’m a celebrity to determine that I can’t create.”
“After about 10 minutes, the boos started and I saw a lot of people leaving,” one concertgoer said. “He also had a go at the camera guy and told them to turn off the side screens a few times.”
“They were also shouting and swearing at him to get on with it,” said another audience member.
West made additional appearances at the Wireless Festival over the weekend.
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