It ain’t easy being Yeezy! Throughout his career,
hasn’t shied away from controversy. In fact, he has a tendency to stir the pot. Kanye West
Whether he’s speaking his mind or
calling out a fellow celebrity for something he doesn’t agree with, West is nothing if not vocal about his beliefs.
When it comes to OMG moments,
the designer, who is married to and shares four children with the reality star, is often front and center. Kim Kardashian
2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West left his mark after he infamously interrupted ’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. Taylor Swift
The rapper jumped on stage and took over the mic, saying, “I’m going to let you finish” before declaring that
“had one of the best videos of all time.” Beyoncé
A decade later,
West stood by his claim, telling in September 2020 that “If God didn’t want me to run on stage and say, ‘Beyoncé had the best video,’ he wouldn’t have sat me in the front row.” Nick Cannon
In May 2018, the Georgia native shocked fans
when he made comments about slavery. “You hear about slavery for 400 years. 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said during a TMZ Live interview. “Like, that was there for 400 years and it’s all of ya’ll? It’s, like, we’re mentally in a prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery is too direct to the idea of Blacks.”
West again surprised fans when he
made controversial statements about his wife and abortion in July 2020 as a part of his first presidential rally campaign.
During his South Carolina political appearance, the artist revealed that when
the KKW Beauty founder got pregnant with their eldest child, North, the pair almost terminated the pregnancy. “We talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand,” he recalled. “I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby.’ I said, ‘We’re gonna have this child.’”
He followed up the presidential candidate speech with
a tweetstorm of accusations directed at his family, claiming, “Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughter’s life yesterday.” He also called his mother-in-law, , “Kris Jong-Un” in a since-deleted tweet and told her she was “not allowed around my children.” Kris Jenner
Scroll down to see some of West’s most outrageous moments throughout his career.
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005, celebrities rushed to provide aid any way they could.
Kanye West, who helped host NBC’s A Concert for Hurricane Relief alongside Mike Myers, however, decided to use the opportunity to go off-script and claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
West felt like he was on a straight trajectory to sweep award shows in 2006, so when the rapper lost out to Justice and Simian’s “We Are Your Friends” for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Nov. 2006, he couldn’t hide his disgust, going onstage to rant about his loss.
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Rolling Stone cover said it all. The “Jesus Walks” rapper donned a crown of thorns and had streaks of what looked like blood dripping down his face for the controversial, unapologetic cover.
Farewell for Now, MTV
After being nominated for five awards at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and losing all five (including Best Male Artist and Video of the Year), an angry West went on-record, vowing that he would never come back to the awards ceremony ever again. He returned two years later.
How Dare You, Squid Brains?!
No, Kanye, tell us how you
really feel. West didn’t hold back his opinions about Tennessee’s Bonnaroo festival in 2008 after his set was pushed back nearly two hours. His main beef was with the organizers of the festival, whom he called “squid brains” in an epic rant on his blog.
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West wasn’t too happy when a photographer and a videographer tried to get footage of the rapper at LAX in September 2008, so much so that he got into a physical scuffle with the paparazzi — and was summarily arrested.
So Fresh And So Clean, Clean
No one is a bigger fan of Kanye than, well, Kanye. West took to his site Kanyeuniversecity.com in January 2009 to boast of his own accomplishments, sharing a photo of himself performing at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, with the caption: “LOOK HOW FRESH MY SUIT IS.”
West proudly debuted his high top sneakers in conjunction with Louis Vuitton in January 2009, and was so proud of his accomplishment that he asked fans and foes to address him as “Martin Louis the King, Jr.” moving forward.
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I’mma Let You Finish…
West made a splash at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards — for a category he wasn’t even nominated in. When country sweetheart
Taylor Swift hopped onstage to accept the top honors for Best Female Video, West wasn’t far behind, grabbing the statuette from Swift and famously declaring, “I’m sorry, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!”
File this under “Say what?” West claimed he had his feelings hurt after he was made into an animated version of himself for an April 2009 episode of
South Park. “ South Park murdered me last night,” he wrote on his blog.
West aimed to shock with his envelope-pushing music video for track “Monster” in January 2011, and shock he did. The Jake Nava-directed video featured West having a menage a trios with two women and getting groped by a number of writhing hands.
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Baby Mama Drama
When it comes to girlfriend
Kim Kardashian, West can hardly contain himself. The rapper let the cat out of the bag early and announced Kardashian’s pregnancy during a show in Atlantic City on Dec. 31, 2012 just ahead of the new year.
West made headlines in March 2013 when he slammed
Justin Timberlake and pal Jay-Z‘s hit “Suit & Tie” during a concert in London, telling the audience, “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f–kin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie.'” Timberlake later addressed the diss on Jimmy Fallon, saying that he “absolutely” loves Kanye.
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West rejoined Twitter in April 2018 and shortly after began writing about his support for President Donald Trump. “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother,” the rapper wrote. “I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.” Trump thanked West for his remarks shortly after. Meanwhile, many celebrities including Wendy Williams and Rosie O’Donnell slammed the designer for his views and the rapper lost followers in just one day.
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Plastic Surgery Problems
The rapper revealed in May 2018 that he went under the knife following brother-in-law Rob Kardashian’s body image battle. Rob made headlines in May 2014 for flying home from Paris right before Kim and West’s wedding because he felt insecure.
“I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for ya’ll,” West told TMZ Live in May. “I got liposuction cause I didn’t want ya’ll to call me fat like you called Rob at the wedding and fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want ya’ll to call me fat so I got liposuction.”
Bring on the Backlash
West was heavily criticized for comments he made about slavery in a May 2018 interview with TMZ Live. “You hear about slavery for 400 years. 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said on the show. “Like, that was there for 400 years and it’s all of ya’ll? It’s, like, we’re mentally in a prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery is too direct to the idea of blacks.”
In Kanye We Trust?
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION,” the designer tweeted in July 2020, announcing his bid for the White House.
At the time, a source told
Us Weekly that “Kanye believes in supporting big-business tax breaks but also more stimulus and opportunities for minorities and Black people. He believes in massive education reform and wants to build world-class infrastructure projects.”
In his first presidential campaign rally in South Carolina in July 2020, West discussed him and Kardashian almost aborting their first child. “We talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand,” he recalled. “I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby.’ I said, ‘We’re gonna have this child.’”
He also claimed that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed” the dozens of enslaved people she took through the Underground Railroad, before rambling about his “genius” IQ. During the rally, West said he doesn’t care whether he wins the presidency, adding, “I care that there are homeless people in front of the Gucci store.”
The “Jesus Walks” singer made his thoughts on recording contracts and music ownership known in September 2020. After West declared that he wouldn’t release new music until his contracts with his publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and his label, Universal Music Group, ended, he called the music industry’s practices “modern day slavery.” He then shared a video of himself peeing on one of his Grammy trophies, which he placed in his toilet. “Trust me … I WON’T STOP,” he captioned the Twitter clip.