February 24, 2013

On stage in London yesterday, Kanye West, ascetic paragon of poverty and chastity, took some time to share a few thoughts with the audience, which you can read and watch below, (via Consequence of Sound). What does it mean tho? Be sure to think about it for a long time and report back to us. #Citizenjournalism.

Creativity fuels everything.

You sure about that? You know we’ve heard your records, right?

I hate business people.

I hate myself too. :(

People get at me and say, ‘What kind of business can it do? What type of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell? What’s the radio spins? How much shampoo can you sell with yo face on it and shit?’ (Sings)

You think the music game is hard? Try getting paid based on page views, son.

Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? It’s gotta be more than just to get rich. Since when was making music about getting rich? Since when was making art about getting rich?

You might be surprised to hear this, but 99% of musicians don’t make any money! None whatsoever. And yet they still soldier on, somehow, doing the thing that they enjoy and fulfills them creatively.

And I know it’s easy for me to say this. And having money’s not everything. And having it is. Remind me again why we in this shit?

Whenever you’re yelling at poor people about how hard it is being rich, it’s important to acknowledge right off the top that you know what you’re saying is bullshit.

Remind me again why the Grammys can suck my dick?

Actually not sure on this one, maybe you should remind us. Seems like it’s your whole thing there, but w/e.

Remind me again who’s the original Superfly?

Curtis Mayfield.

I got love for Hov, but I aint fucking with that Suit & Tie. Remind me again why we in this shit? Remind me again why we in this shit? Every n***er trying to get rich. And every rapper always rapping about fucking someone else. Bitch. Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit? Why the Grammys can suck my dick? Suck my dick. Bitch.

Do you think if a sentient, gold-plated statue that represented musical achievement came to life and tried to perform fellatio on Kanye that he’d be into it, because I kind of think he’d at least give it a go once.

And every motherfucking sponsorship. They trying to put their logos on every concert and shit. For the meet and greet, you gotta meet the execs and their daughters. And they’ll show you what they just bought her. Remind me why we in this shit? Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! Real n***as don’t live too long in this shit! They saying you coming off too strong in this shit. They always sayin’ what I’m doing wrong in this shit! Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything!

Seems like you do.

Well, I don’t give a fuck about anything! Remind me why we in this shit? I lost my motherfucking mom! Talking bout your comments, I could give a fuck about your comments. Cause we all gonna day some day, and I’m live my life my way! So, you gonna help me put on a better show, corporations? Can you please support me? Please? Me, Kanye West. I swear I’m a nice leader now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please. Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a pool in my backyard! So I’ll tell all my fans your shit is cool. And if they believe in me, then they’ll also believe in you. ‘Did we get the check yet? I gotta call the business manager. Did the corporations send the check? What is my public rating? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money from the corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyonce thing, right? Cool. Is it OK now?

I honestly forgot. What Beyonce thing now?

Remind me why we in this shit? Remind me why we in this shit.

Well, you and I, specifically? It’s because we didn’t want to get real jobs.

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