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Kanye West: 'People Look at Me Like I'm Hitler'

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August 8, 2011|4:50 pm

Popular but controversial rapper Kanye West went on another one of his infamous rants at the Big Chill music festival this past weekend. At the England festival Kanye headlined, but stopped in the middle of his set to rant about the music industry and public perception of him.

West began his rant discussing artistry arguing, "This isn't about money. This is about inspiration. This is about dreams."

He continued with, "I’m tired as hell and I'm lonely but I cannot be phony."

However, the six minute speech became controversial when West turned the topic of the speech onto his new video for his single Monster.

West argued that the video, which garnered public outcry for imagery of women hanging and vampire cannibalism, was purely artistic and not misogynistic, but that critics are too narrow-minded to recognize that that type of artistry is not misogynistic coming from a rap artist.

He said, "Once again I am a monster and I walk through the hotel, I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (explicit) insane, like I'm Hitler."

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He continued with, "But one day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did, ever said, was to throw myself on the plate for the sake of someone else, for the sake of people, for the sake of New Orleans, for the sake of honest music, for the sake of honest judgment."

Some fans in the crowd booed following his statement.

At the end of the set, West dedicated the Big Chill festival show to fallen artists and stated, "This is for McQueen, for Amy, and for Michael and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?"

Some of West's past rants include storming the stage of the MTV video music awards in 2009 when Taylor Swift was giving her acceptance speech, and also arguing that President Bush did not like black people following the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

 

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