West has apologised multiple times for his actions that night, however in a tape leaked by Gawker, a voice sounding like West’s is heard speaking to friends just hours after the rapper got on stage and interrupted the pop star’s acceptance speech. Using the logic that Beyoncé deserved to win the VMA ahead of Taylor Swift because he had worked so hard on his own track ‘Run This Town’, Kanye is heard saying: “I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I cancelled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then!”
Elsewhere in the audio clip, which was recorded at the Corner Bistro in New York’s West Village on September 13, 2009, West attacks the music of pop star Pink and compares his influence on modern music to that of James Brown.
“As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it, says West at one point. “‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.” Later, moving on to Pink, West continues: “What the fuck was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform ‘Heartless’? ‘Heartless’ is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song!”
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift made a joke following the announcement of the nominations for the 2013 MTV VMAs, where she has picked up nominations. Posting on Twitter, the singer told her followers that she was preparing for any possible outcome and would keep a firm grip on her microphone.
Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time 😉 http://t.co/nK9rhV95RP
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 17, 2013