Earlier today, Gawker posted an audio of Kanye West recorded the night he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The recording was supposedly taken at a restaurant in New York's West Village where West was dining with other musicians after the show. In the audio, the artist is engaged in a pretty heavy rant about his hard work, his mother's death, the choice of Pink to perform at the ceremony over him, and of course, Taylor Swifts win over Beyonce. Check out the transcript below and head over to Gawker to hear the recording.
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 fuckin' 'Run This Town' verse for a fuckin' month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin' 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 motherfucking 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 fuckin' sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin' Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck 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 fuckin' room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the fuck 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, "Nigga, 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].
Exit polls aren't the only projections today! Meek Mill's debut album, Dreams & Nightmares, is slated to sell 167K in its first week, according to HDD, which is good for the #2 spot (behind Taylor Swift). In related news, Kendrick Lamar's second week on the charts sees him at 59K sold for good kid, m.a.a.d. city. Thoughts on the numbers?!
The official numbers are in: Kendrick Lamar debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 with a whopping 242K sold in its debut week, trailing only Taylor Swift because she apparently rules the universe. 1.2 million copies sold for her album of which the title is escaping me right now. #IDontListenToCountry #YeShrug
Congrats, K. Dot. Great numbers for him and the genre of hip hop. Be sure to celebrate with Kendrick by download his new track he recorded last night with J.Cole and dropped just an hour ago: "The Jig Is Up (Dump'n)". And Shyne, you may want to duck and cover when you listen to this one.