Kanye West has spoken. Again.
The very vocal rapper delivered another Taylor Swift-focused rant at one of his concerts in Manila, Philippines on April 9. West is still talking about the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, when he ran upstage and interrupted winner Swift as she accepted the award for Best Music Video of the Year.
He says he suffered from major writer’s block after the incident, and felt persecuted by media and fans alike. West claims that the night was the “beginning of the end of my life,” because Lady Gaga cancelled the tour they were supposed to embark upon together immediately after West’s interruption.
An audience member recorded West’s speech. Here it is in its entirety:
(Warning: Some foul language below and in the above video)
“What I wanted you to know the whole time — you know, in the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists — this is the song that broke the writer’s block for me because it’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say.
“That night when I went onstage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga cancelled the tour the next day. You know what night I’m talking about — when I just said what everybody else was thinking. So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?
“And I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt, but that’s the job of an artist, of a true artist: not to be controlled by their finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth — what you see, what you feel — and say what you f—ing feel.
The song West is talking about is Famous, from his latest album The Life of Pablo (which incidentally debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week). Coincidentally or not, one of the first lyrics in the song is about Swift.
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous. I made that bitch famous.
West claims that Swift’s camp approved the lyrics beforehand, but her representatives deny any such conversation ever took place.