It can be difficult to keep track of everything he’s directed poison-laced Tweets at or a serious tongue-lashing towards, so here they are - the Rosetta Stone of things Kanye West just isn't into.
The streaming wars
In July 2016, Kanye took to Twitter to call and end for the Apple and Tidal beef, calling it a “dick-swinging contest” that’s “fucking up the music game”. Kanye, remember, is one of the original backers of Tidal and, pointedly, when he released his last album ‘The Life of Pablo’, he declared it a Tidal exclusive for life (it wasn’t).
This Tidal Apple beef is fucking up the music game.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
I need Tim Cook Jay Z Dez Jimmy Larry me and Drake Scooter on the phone or in a room this week!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
Fuck all this dick swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
Taylor Swift (sometimes)
Ye and pop titan Taylor Swift have had a rollercoaster relationship. Firstly there was the 2009 VMA debacle where he definitely did not like Taylor. They then seemed to patch things up with some very public displays of ‘friendship’. Then, it all blew up again in February over that 'Famous' lyric (‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous’). After a very public spat in which Kanye claimed she approved the line, his wife Kim Kardashian said she was playing "the victim" and he addressed her with an onstage rant. The beef is back on...
Not being sued
Following his controversial 'Famous' video, which features naked waxworks of Taylor Swift, his wife Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and former President George W. Bush - in a now-deleted tweet he said ‘"Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait’.
I don’t personally like suit jackets anymore.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 9, 2016
We’re with Kanye on this one. When he uploaded a picture of a laptop to Twitter, EDM DJ deadmau5 claimed that Kanye was using stolen production software and called him a "dick". Yeezy hit back by calling him a "hypocrite", citing a 2013 tweet from deadmau5 in which he mentioned pirating computer software. Burn.
Yeezy likes to have his ego stroked at awards shows. He has a habit of stealing the show even if he doesn’t win, but he really, really wants to win nonetheless. In particular, The Grammys have irked Yeezy on several occasions, most recently in February 2016 when he addressed the ceremony with a series of tweets, calling it “completely out of touch”. It wasn't the first time it had happened: in 2013 he ranted about the awards being irrelevant after a perceived snub.
I feel the Grammy awarding system is way off and completely out of touch.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016
I don't give opinions because they are commonly agreed upon. I say what I feel.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016
A finger up the bum
Following a feud with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Wiz’s then-wife and Kanye’s ex Amber Rose gave explicit details about her and Kanye's alleged sex life when they were a couple. ‘Awww @kanyewest are u mad I'm not around to play in ur asshole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch’ Rose said on Twitter. He hit back during a performance in LA saying “She never stick no fingers in my ass. I don't play like that”.
Children's mobile games with 'in-app purchases'
Mostly because it sounds like daughter North West ran up an almighty bill on something or other.
Fuck any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) October 10, 2015
After he was announced as a Glastonbury headliner in 2015, a widely publicised petition requested that he withdraw from the event. He didn't get too angry about it, just rightly called it "an insult to music fans all over the world”.
George W. Bush
In the fall-out from President Bush’s perceived slow response to the Katrina Hurricane in 2005, Kanye called out Bush during a televised fundraising slot. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” he said.
Double dating with John Legend
Just look at that face. Note that Legend is wearing a suit jacket.
Double date at the Waffle House pic.twitter.com/c29b27HrRt— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 1, 2015
The fashion industry
Although Yeezy is in the fashion industry now, he’s not exactly always been too fond of it. During his rant-filled Wireless set in 2014, he called the industry "racist". He still takes to Twitter to critique the fashion industry every so often.
A love/hate relationship with the paparazzi has been a constant in Kanye's public life. At times he’s broken up fights between rival snappers, and other times he’s been very vocal of his disapproval of the practise. “I equate it to inequalities. We, as group of minorities here in LA, as celebrities have to band together to influence guys like this – guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the cheque” he said in a 2013 deposition interview following his assault on a photographer.
In 2013, Kanye sounded off on a mammoth rant about sportswear brand, Nike. “Everyone at Nike, everyone at Nike, Mark Parker just let go of culture.” he said during a tour date, despite recently previously releasing a trainer with them. He revisited the beef in his song 'Facts' in 2016.
Following a spoof of his infamous BBC interview with Zane Lowe, where he proclaimed himself the “Number One rockstar on the planet”, Yeezy slammed US comic Jimmy Kimmel following his talk show's parody of the emotional interview. In the deleted tweets he said “JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS” and called Kimmel a “MANIPULATIVE MEDIA MUTHERFUCKER.”
He likes Pacific Rim, though
I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it's easily one of my favorite movies of all time.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 4, 2013