Well, this is strange. Kanye West is known for going on minutes-long tirades in the middle of his concerts, and he auto-tuned his voice as usual this time, but he told the crowd that he ‘doesn’t want to be liked’. What?
Kanye West, 38, is good at keeping us guessing! During the Paradise International Music Festival in Manila, Philippines on April 10, he put on his first live show of 2016, but interrupted his performance of tracks from Life of Pablo to deliver a weird message to the audience. WATCH here.
Kanye’s freestyle went on for about five minutes, and though it also included refrains like “God is love”, the most repeated phrase was, “I don’t want to be liked”. His messages were met with thunderous applause, because, well, it’s Kanye.
If that freestyle seems tame for Kanye, it’s only because that same night, he followed it with a giant explanation for why he dissed Taylor Swift on one of his Pablo tracks. “You don’t know, it’s really overwhelming for me to perform the song for the first time and for y’all to react to it in that way,” Kanye told the crowd after performing the song, called “Famous”. “There’s something that I wanted to say so bad, that they told me I couldn’t say. That night[at the MTV Movie Awards in 2009] when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day.”
Kanye's speech about "Famous" 1/1 pic.twitter.com/EcjglXZCuy
— Paolo Abad (@PaoloJAbad) April 10, 2016
Not that Kanye learned his lesson — he went on to say that he still thinks Beyonce should have won Album of the Year. “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 the 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**king feel. You know the 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?” Okay, Kanye. Whatever you say.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Kanye’s weird onstage tangent?