LISTEN: Kanye West Calls Taylor Swift a ‘Fake Ass’ in ‘SNL’ Tirade
A newly released recording from West’s behind-the-scenes breakdown on the set of Saturday Night Live shows that the rapper still has a lot of pent up hatred for his on-again, off-again nemesis. The leaked sound bite, which was taken on the set of the NBC sketch show last weekend, is filled with expletives as he rants about Swift and the SNL production staff.
According to Page Six, who obtained the audio clip, West was upset that crew members had ripped up some shiny flooring from his stage because it was reflecting the overhead lights and distorting the video wall behind him. The dad-of-two allegedly began yelling at staffers after seeing his set being altered minutes before he had to perform.
“Look at that shit, the took my stage offa SNL without asking me,” he’s heard saying in the clip. “Now I’m bummed. That and Taylor Swift — fake ass.”
“Are they fucking crazy?” West yells before declaring himself to be “50 percent more influential” than director Stanley Kubrick, painter Pablo Picasso, drug lord Pablo Escobar, and Bible figure Paul the Apostle. “Don’t fuck with me. Don’t fuck with me! Don’t fuck with me!”
Sources say that SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels had to step in to prevent West from walking out.
“It was like he was having an emotional breakdown,” and insider describes the scene. “The only thing that stopped him from actually leaving right then was that nobody had access to the freight elevator. If he’d walked out on the live show, it would have been a disaster. And the whole meltdown was just because of the floor.”
“Right before he was about to go on live television they took his stage apart,” a source close to West explains. “Like any artist, he’s a perfectionist, and wanted his performance to be right. Of course he was upset.”
Listen to his full rant — above.