Kanye West Says Taylor Swift-VMA Incident Was “The Beginning Of The End Of My Life”

During his first concert since releasing his historic number one album, The Life Of Pablo, Kanye West gave fans attending the Paradise Island Festival the inside scoop on his process of writing the controversial song, “Famous.”

“What I wanted you to know the whole time, you know, in the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer’s block for me because it’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say,” he said at the concert, which was held in Manila, Philippines.

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‘Ye came under fire when “Famous” (the album’s first single) was released. In the track, he implies that he made his eternal frenemy, pop singer Taylor Swift, famous due to his actions at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, in which he snatched the microphone from her and told the crowd that Beyonce had a better music video and deserved to win. The line in question says, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b**ch famous.”

“That night when I went onstage was the beginning of the end of my life,” he continued to cheers from the crowd. “Lady Gaga cancelled the tour the next day. You know what night I’m talking about; when I just said what everybody else was thinking. So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?”

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The rapper also said that every day after the incident was a “fight” because the entire world was turned against him “for saying out loud what everyone else felt.” However, he continued to say that since he is an artist, it’s his job to speak the truth.

“…that’s the job of an artist, of a true artist: not to be controlled by their finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth, what you see, what you feel, and say what you f**king feel.”

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