September 11, 2007

Shut Up, Kanye

--Kanye West, never known for holding his tongue, is railing against MTV after leaving empty-handed from Sunday's Video Music Awards, charging that the network misled him – and also exploited Britney Spears.

"They exploited Britney in helping to end her career," West told deejay JJ at New York radio station Z100 on Monday. "When Britney was opening [the VMA telecast], near the end, I felt so bad for her. I said, 'Man, it's a dirty game. This game will chew you up and spit you out.'"

The rapper doesn't just take umbrage with the handling of Spears, whose performance has been maligned by critics and fans alike. West tells Z100 he felt misled and "betrayed" by the network, and has promised to never work with MTV again. The rapper says he's already cancelled planned appearances on TRL to promote his new album Graduation. Specifically, West takes issue with the way performances were set up – that he should have performed on the main stage and not from a private suite where many artists performed for small groups of fans throughout the telecast.

"I wasn't mad that I just didn't win any awards," West says. "For me, [MTV] made it seem like performing on the main stage was a bad thing, and the suites were just so great. It was my dream when I made 'Stronger' to open up the VMAs with a real power performance. "And I just feel like I got betrayed by them," the rapper continues. "I feel like they tried to make it seem like I was so into everything that was going on in the show."

Another sticking point: Pamela Anderson's racy introduction on the telecast. (Anderson appeared in a music video for West's single "Touch the Sky.") Before West performed "Good Life" from his suite, the former Baywatch star told viewers, "One of the best times I've ever had was making out with the next performer in the middle of the desert. I think I had my tongue so far down his throat I could taste his fiancée – and I might need a repeat performance later tonight." "I'm engaged, and I feel like it's disrespectful to my relationship," West says of Anderson's remarks, which he claims the network assured him would not happen.

When JJ pointed out that West was being pretty blunt by speaking out against MTV, the rapper responded in a characteristically unapologetic fashion: "I have a connection in the fans' heart that the press can't stop."

This guy is completely delusional!!!

Posted by: Lawrenkm at 06:01 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Maybe MTV hates black people.

Posted by: aeh at September 11, 2007 07:02 AM (puD20)

2 I think he's kinda right. I don't know what he was promised or whatever- but mtv execs do have suspicious behavior. Everyone was waiting to see what Brit would come up with bc she's been so crazy lately. If they wanted to ensure a great opening for the vma's they would have booked an artist at the top of their game. Also- what's with the whole pam's x's fight? Like mtv doesn't know there is bad blood there. Come on- they were hoping for it. I think if mtv keeps up turning their events into trash-a-thons those awards won't meet a damn thing.

Posted by: quinn at September 11, 2007 01:00 PM (rNcT7)

3 Brit is a big name. Kanye is 3rd rate. Shut up Kanye. Who cares what you think.

Posted by: Alpo at September 11, 2007 02:50 PM (0ZNF/)

4 Kanye drives me nuts with his racism banter all the time, and he needs to just make music and stop talking to the press, BUT he is pretty damn talented. Anyone else see the replay of the VMAs -- other than the one that immediately followed the show? They have edited out so much ... namely, Sarah Silverman's monologue -- THANK GOD -- it was just vulgar, not funny, and I continue, to this day, to not understand why people think she's funny. Just because it's a female being vulgar? They took out the Paris bits, the part where she used her lips to mimick ... well, if you saw it you know what I'm talking about. And MTV listened to Kanye because they bleeped out Pamela saying "fiance" -- though it was pretty funny when she was like, "shut up, Tommy!" because he kept whistling and yelling when she was speaking. I thought Kanye's performance through all of those rooms and onto the balcony high up in the sky was pretty sweet.

Posted by: Iceman at September 12, 2007 07:48 AM (JHKKE)

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