Kanye West took the opportunity over the weekend to reflect on the notorious incident that went down at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in which West disrupted the acceptance speech of Best Female Video winner Taylor Swift.
In the latest incident, West took time out during his concert Saturday in Manila to talk about the story behind his song “Famous,” which includes lyrics inspired by the Taylor Swift incident. “Famous,” from West’s recent album “The Life of Pablo,” includes the lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
After singing “Famous” in Manila — and just before performing it a second time — West opened up about the 2009 incident, saying it was “the beginning of the end of my life” and crediting the event with breaking his writer’s block. He added that he “just said what everybody else was thinking” at the VMAs.
West also said during his concert speech: “So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time? And I had to fight every day of my life, with the whole world turned against me, for saying out loud what everyone else felt. But that’s the job of an artist, of a true artist: not to be controlled by their finances, not to be controlled by perceptions, but only to be controlled by their truth.”
Here’s the clip …