Kanye Booed for 20-Minute Rants at 2 Concerts

Rapper irritated audiences at both nights of London festival
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
Updated Jul 7, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
Kanye Booed for 20-Minute Rants at 2 Concerts
Kanye West performing on the Main Stage at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday July 4, 2014.   (AP Photo / Yui Mok, PA)

Kanye West got booed at not one but two concerts in London over the weekend, when he stopped his performance to go on a couple of rambling rants. On both Friday and Saturday at the Wireless Music Festival in Finsbury Park, the rapper went on and on despite the audience's displeasure—the Daily Mail has some of his lines:

  • "I'm very shy in real life. ... Sometimes it's hard because I'm too shy to carry off a lot. I'm arrogant and shy and a little bit lazy. I'm too shy to lie to anybody and I'm too arrogant to make myself lie to anyone because lies take too much work."

  • "The media try to take me down and make me seem like I'm a crazy person but I'm working hard to make this music and share it wit y'all and I know that at the end of the day you guys are my clique and that's all that matters. The only reason I'm on this stage right now is because y'all my clique. You know I go to the studio til 3am so you can listen to the music in your car."
  • "I'm not going to mention any names but ... Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Don't discriminate against me 'cause I'm a black man making music."
Saturday's show also started late—and, since West was filling in for Drake, who got sick and had to cancel, some of the festival-goers reportedly started chanting, "We want Drake." At Friday's show, some witnesses say hundreds of audience members gave up and left the concert early. "There is a time and a place to get on your soap box @kanyewest and #wireless is not the place," one fan tweeted Friday. Click to watch video of part of one rant. (Another bad headline for Kanye: A source says he and Kim Kardashian refused to pay their honeymoon bill...)

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