Kanye West on why paparazzi take photos of him: 'I know I have a cool ass car'

Rapper talks to photographers about his altercation with pap back in July

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Kanye West has talked about his scuffle with LA paparazzi.

On July 19, the 'I Am A God' rapper was involved in an altercation with a photographer at LAX airport. Video footage of the incident showed West initially trying to ignore the photographer's question before beginning an agitated conversation with the snapper, and then trying to seize his camera. The photographer later visited hospital with an alleged hip injury.

Now, in a recent video interview via TMZ, the rapper claims he understands why photographers want to take his photo and revealed that the incident with the photographer at the airport came at a bad time, as he'd just found out his grandfather was dying.

He said: "I couldn't imagine my daughter being like 4 years old, and you guys screaming at them. I think somebody screamed at Tom Cruise's daughter or something like that. I'm dealing with some guy setting me up at the airport the other day. You know he's fucking laughing and shit. What I didn't get to say on Jimmy Kimmel, that's the day I found out that my grandfather was not gonna make it. He passed two weeks later."

"But I'm comin' out the airport, because you know, 'It's Kanye whatever, they're gonna fuck with him and antagonize him'. But I tried to stop his camera and stuff, then he fell down and faked it and everybody was like, 'Oh yo, why'd you hit that guy?' Obviously I didn't hit the guy. But you know I'm going through shit."

He added: "I know you guys are gonna photograph me. I know I have a cool-ass car and shit, like I got a dope-ass outfit on, it's all good."

Last week, Kanye West appeared on US late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live, talking for so long musical guests Arctic Monkeys were unable to perform in their scheduled slot.

The Sheffield band will have to reschedule their planned performance after West appeared on the show less than a fortnight after he lashed out at the TV host for his parody of West's now infamous interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.


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