Kanye West capped off his sold-out, surprise show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night with an impassioned rant to defend his comments regarding George W. Bush and Katrina and criticize Taylor Swift’s reaction to his VMA stage storming incident.
Here is the video andÂ just part of what he had to say:
Everybody needs a villain, don’t we? We need to blame someone at all times. For me to be considered a racist for stating a blatant truth, an obvious truth, but the nuances of my words, because I am very particular with my words, and the emotion I felt at that time wasn’t worded exactly right – but everybody came and said ‘Oh my God!” –
I’m talking about five years ago, not a year ago, I’m talking about five years ago, I’m talking about Katrina – and everybody said, “Oh my God, Kanye, I love you so much, I hated you until you said that.
But now I see you’re speaking for me. I always thought you were an asshole but now you said something that represents me, but the whole time, whole time I’m thinking in my mind I was thinking that’s not exactly what I wanted to say, I was emotional, that was not exactly the way I wanted to say, I was emotional, that was not exactly the way I wanted to word it, but I wrote it, I rode it, just as Taylor never came to my defense in any interview, and rode the waves and rode it and rode it, that’s the way I rode the waves of the Bush comment.
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Read a whole transcript at New York magazine nymag.com.