Kanye West has been in the news nonstop lately for Twitter rants, begging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for millions and an alleged meltdown on the set of Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Some of his closest friends wonder if 'Ye has gone off the deep end, and now leaked audio of his SNL meltdown proves Mr. West is having a serious moment.
In the tape, Yeezy is heard blasting a "fake a**" Taylor Swift and hurling slurs at NBC staffers who changed the set design for his performance after a technical glitch. “Look at that s**t they took my f**king stage off’a SNL without asking me," he is heard ranting. "I am bummed … If I am going to do this we are breaking the motherf**king Internet.”
He goes on to proclaim that he is “50 percent more influential” than basically any other artist who has ever lived, specifically name-checking legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Picasso, Paul the Apostle and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as those who can't touch his greatness.
“Are they f**king crazy? Whoa by 50 percent [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f**king Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being. Don’t f**k with me. Don’t f**k with me. Don’t f**k with me. By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick, ‘Ye.”
Listen to the audio below, which was obtained by Page Six. Warning, the language is explicit.
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