Kanye West cuts concert short after rant about Beyonce and more
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Just days after his concert spiel in support of Donald Trump made waves, Kanye West found a way to upset his fan base even more: complain about Beyoncé and cut a concert short. Then came word he canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.
Saturday night, West performed a stop of his Saint Pablo tour at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center. There, according to fans, he started late, played a few songs, brought out Kid Cudi, ranted and left early. Part of West’s expletive-laden speech from the stage was captured on social media.
West went from the topic of radio, how Kid Cudi is great and which groups inspire Kanye (Fader has a transcript of the NSFW speech here), to dissing Bey and Jay.
“Beyoncé, I was hurt, because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling.’ In my opinion, ‘Now, don’t go trying to diss Beyonce. She is great. Taylor Swift is great.’ We are all great people. We are all people. But, sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are, just to win.”
Then, he turned to Jay Z: “Call me, brah, you still ain’t call me. Jay Z, I know you got killas, please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
Captured on video by concert-goers Saturday night in Sacramento, West in an over 10-minute tirade told the audience he was on his “Trump (expletive) tonight.”
West took aim at radio stations for playing the same stuff “over and over and over,” too and also addressed Hillary Clinton.
“It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world,” West said. “Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt. Feelings matter, bro.”
Seeming to realize that his fans weren’t taking to his words, West added, “I been sent here to give y’all my truth, even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career.”
Fans in attendance said on social media that West played only a few songs before ending the show abruptly after only 30 minutes. The angry audience booed, and many are seeking refunds for the aborted show. Some paid around $250 for a pair of tickets.
The performer said he was putting his life, career and “public well-standing” at risk by talking to the fans in the audience “like this,” adding that his Saint Pablo tour “is the most relevant (expletive) happening.”
He continued: “I am here to change things. And things won’t change until people admit their own falsehoods. I got the visions, bro. That’s what I’ve been blessed with. My vision. I’m not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I’m going to say how I feel.”
On Sunday night, Ticketmaster announced that West’s show at the Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California, was cancelled. The ticket vendor gave no explanation for the cancellation.
After West departed his Saturday night gig, fans chanted “F— you, Kanye!”
Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY; Contributing: Associated Press