Last night (February 23) at a London gig, Kanye West ranted to the tune of “Clique” about corporatism, his public image and Justin Timberlake‘s comeback single. “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fuckin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie’,” West said, in reference to longtime collaborator — and Timberlake‘s “Legends of the Summer” co-headliner — Jay-Z.
West used to air out his grievances freely online, before he spoke out against George Bush during a live telethon benefiting Hurricane Katrina, then interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. As he made clear inside London’s Hammersmith Apollo, he remembers these times well: “I can’t give a fuck about your comments, I promise, I promise / ’cause we all gonna die one day, and I’m gonna live my life my way.” (Skip to 5:00.)
Since West no longer blogs or grants interviews, this interlude during last night’s concert — the first of two at Hammersmith Apollo this weekend — was the G.O.O.D. Music honcho at his frankest, outside of music anyway. “Remind me again of why the Grammys can suck my dick,” West repeated, before he sang, “They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? Okay, cool.”