During a show on Saturday night (February 15) in New Jersey, the rapper addressed the crowd, making a 20-minute speech in which he heralded himself as a “Gemini creator”, comparing himself to a host of other artists who share his star sign. Addressing writers and Saturday Night Live‘s creator and producer Lorne Michaels, West said:
“I don’t care who you are. Don’t play yourself. Respect as such. SNL, all you writers, Lorne Michaels, respect it as such. Because when we’re standing face to face, you know who you’re talking at. You know you see me as a Gemini creator of 2014. You know you’re looking in the face of Miles Davis, you know you’re looking in the face of Lauryn Hill, you know you’re looking in the face of Pac, you know you’re looking in the face of Biggie, you know you’re looking in the face of Prince, you know you’re looking in the face of every Gemini creator. This ain’t no spoof, so play this shit at your motherfucking meetings when you write your jokes, play this shit back when you’re writing your headlines for the tabloids.”
Last year Saturday Night Live ran a number of skits called Waking Up With Kimye which mocked West and his partner Kim Kardashian.
Scroll down to watch a fan-shot video of the speech, via The Guardian, during which he also professed his love for Drake and said Macklemore “made some good music, he’s a good kid, but y’all know what it is”.
Earlier this month [a]Kanye West released a statement to mark the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘The College Dropout’. The album was released on February 10, 2004 and helped launch West as a solo artist, the rapper having previously worked as a producer for artists including Jay-Z. The album features the singles ‘All Falls Down’ and ‘Through The Wire’. To celebrate a decade since the album’s release, West posted a series of tweets detailing what the album means to him 10 years on.
“Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say “finally” because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear,” West wrote.