Kanye West tells media to ‘pick a new target’ during Brisbane gig

Rapper spoke for over 15 minutes during gig on Australian tour

Kanye West has urged the media to “pick a new target” and criticised “sensational” reports about him and his private life.

West was performing in Brisbane, Australia last night (September 15) when he spoke to the audience for over 15 minutes about what he perceives as a problem with news coverage in America. Watch video footage of the moment below.

“Welcome to today’s news, ladies and gentlemen,” West says. “We got Americans getting killed on TV, we have kids getting killed every week in Chicago, we have unarmed people being killed by police officers, and we have Kanye West with an ice cream cone,” he said, referencing a viral photo from 2013.”

He continued by suggesting that the media wants those who do not know his music to think badly of him. “They got this thing where they want the masses, people who never even heard one of my albums, to somehow read a headline that reads negative and to think I’m a bad person or something.”

West then stated: “I’m a married Christian man with a family — at my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good of a time as possible. Pick a new target, because I’m not one of those dumb ass artists you’re used to.”

Earlier during his tour of Australia, West was reportedly admitted to hospital in Melbourne. Sources say he was suffering from a migraine. He was released from the hospital the same evening in time to play his show at the Rod Laver Arena.