Kanye West’s Epic Meltdown Backstage at ‘SNL’ Captured on Audio
Audio of Kanye West's SNL Rant
In the audio, Yeezy goes off on the SNL staffers, Taylor Swift and anyone who doubts how influential he is on popular culture.
“Don’t f–k with me,” he says, before dismissing Swift as a “fake ass”.
Asserting that he's “50 percent more influential” than filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, artist Pablo Picasso, Paul the Apostle and drug lord Pablo Escobar, Yeezy went full blast backstage.
“Are they f—–g crazy? Whoa by 50 percent [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f—–g Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being. Don’t f–k with me. Don’t f–k with me. Don’t f–k with me. By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick, ‘Ye.”
The tirade allegedly occurred just minutes before last Saturday’s live show with host Melissa McCarthy. Ye was allegedly angry because staffers removed some of the shiny flooring from his set after it was reflecting the stage lights and muddying the visual. The day before, Swift's reps had slammed Kanye for claiming "I made that bitch famous" in a lyric from his song "Famous." Kanye had earlier alleged that Swift knew about the line and was okay with it.
But the combination of another Swift-beef and SNL's technical needs apparently were too much for the mercurial rapper.
“Look at that s–t! They took my f—–g stage offa SNL without asking me. I am bummed," he says. "If I am going to do this we are breaking the m———–g Internet.”
“Right before he was about to go on live television they took his stage apart. Like any artist, he’s a perfectionist, and wanted his performance to be right," someone allegedly close to Kanye told Page Six. "Of course, he was upset.”
Lorne Michaels was asked to calm the star down. An unnamed source offered more details as to what happened.
“It was like he was having an emotional breakdown," the source told Page Six. "He was calling the crew ‘white m———–s’ and then said he was going to walk out. 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. ”
It should be noted that Kanye never says "white m-------s" in the audio clip. Representatives for West say he never used that term.