Rapper cut his Sacramento gig short after addressing Jay Z and Beyoncé in an impassioned on-stage monologue.
Kanye West addressed Jay Z and Beyoncé during a lengthy on-stage monologue in Sacramento, California last night (November 19).
During his rant, the rapper appeared to suggest that Beyoncé had refused to perform at the MTV VMAs earlier this year unless she won the Video of the Year prize ahead of him and Drake.
Kanye told the crowd: “Beyoncé, I was hurt! ‘Cause 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 tryin’ to diss Beyoncé, she is great. Taylor Swift is great,” Kanye continued. “We are all great people, we are all equal. But sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are — just to win. Fuck winning! Fuck looking cool! Fuck looking cool! Fuck being cool! Fuck all that!”
Watch fan footage of his monologue below.
During the rant, West also claimed that he hasn’t heard from Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, for a while. “I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth — even at the risk of my own life, even at the risk of my own success, my own career,” he said.
“I’ve been sent here to give y’all the truth. Jay Z, call me, bruh! You still ain’t call me! Jay Z, call me! Jay Z, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head. Just call me! Talk to me like a man!”
According to multiple reports, West cut his Sacramento gig drastically short after the rant. A post on Setlist FM says that he only performed four tracks before vacating the stage.
West’s rant came two days after he told the audience at a gig in San José that he would have voted for Donald Trump in the US election, if he had voted.
He added later in the gig: “That don’t mean that I don’t think that Black Lives Matter. That don’t mean I don’t think that I’m a believer in women’s rights. That don’t mean I don’t believe in gay marriage. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in these things because that was the guy I would’ve voted for.”