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Zappos, Imma let you finish, but Kanye-Taylor was the best feud of all time

Kanye West is no stranger to feuding. Most recently, he slammed online shoe store Zappos, and they responded with a photo of a plunger in a toilet.

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    Kanye West

    The hip-hop star is no stranger to hit records, fashion statements and controversy.

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    Proud papa -

    Kanye West joins host Kris Jenner during a taping of her talk show "Kris" on Aug. 19, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. West proclaimed his love for Jenner's daughter, Kim Kardashian, and their daughter North in the interview.

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    Growing family -

    West and Kim Kardashian attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 6, 2013.

    West proposed to Kardashian on her 33rd birthday on Oct. 21. He rented out an entire baseball stadium in San Francisco for the occasion.

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    Hello, angels -

    West and Kardashian attend Gabrielle's Angel Foundation 2012 Angel Ball cancer research benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on Oct. 22, 2012.

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    Hey, there we are -

    Kardashian and West watch the video board from their courtside seats as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets during the NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    His spot on the runway -

    West performs as a model wears lingerie during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York on Nov. 9, 2011.

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    Complex attitude -

    West was one of the main headliners at The Big Chill Festival 2011 at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Ledbury, United Kingdom, but he used some of his stage time to claim he felt that people looked at him "like Hitler."

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    West performs on the first night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. The singer is a race car enthusiast, and in 2006, sponsored a car in the Formula BMW World Finals in Spain. The red-and-white painted car showcased his bear mascot.

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    I love a parade -

    West rides a float down 7th Avenue in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.

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    After tweeting a picture in July 2010 that showed a mouthful of bling, West explained on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that he actually had gold and diamonds inserted to replace his bottom of row of teeth because he "just thought the diamonds were cooler." But it's likely that the device is removable and West still has his own teeth.

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    Film director -

    West is pictured before a screening of "Runaway," a short film he directed that accompanies his 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." TheGrio.com described the film as "cinematically beautiful (but) wrought with metaphors that can feel equally forced and confusing."

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    Jay-Z and West perform at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 13, 2010.

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    A toast -

    West also performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. He didn't reference the Swift incident directly, but his song "Runaway" did suggest "a toast for the scumbags."

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    Forgiven -

    At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift performed "Innocent," a song that referenced West jumping on stage during her award acceptance at the previous year's ceremony. The lyrics include the line "32 is still growing up now, you're still an innocent."

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    Top of the world -

    West performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles. He has received seven BET and BET Hip-Hop Awards over the years, including best male hip-hop artist in both 2005 and 2008.

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  • 2009 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

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    "Imma let you finish..." -

    West stole the headlines at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he grabbed the microphone from country star Taylor Swift, saying that Beyonce should have won the award for best female video instead of Swift. Later, when Beyonce won for best video of the year, she called Swift up on stage to finish her interrupted speech. West later apologized.

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    On the red carpet -

    Rose wore a figure-hugging outfit when she and West attended the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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    Supporting education -

    In 2009, West attends a news conference for a benefit concert encouraging kids to stay in school. West had a middle-class upbringing and reports that his high school grades were "A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'". He dropped out of college but has spoken to young audiences encouraging them to get a college education. His late mother was the chair of the English department at Chicago State University before retiring to manage her son's career.

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    Always in fashion -

    West and model Amber Rose, left, sit next to singer Natasha Bedingfield at the Alexandre Herchcovitch fall fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2009. The high-profile couple dated from 2008 until the summer of 2010.

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    Lighting up the night -

    West led all nominees at the 2008 Grammy Awards with eight. He won four, and performed two songs, including "Hey Mama," a tribute to his late mother.

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    Head to head -

    In 2007, West and 50 Cent released new LPs in the same week. 50 Cent promised to retire from making solo music should he fail to outsell West. West's album sold 957,000 copies in its first week and beat 50 Cent's "Curtis" (691,000) handily, but 50 Cent didn't retire after all.

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    Sore loser again, in Europe this time -

    At the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Denmark, West jumped on stage and launched into a profanity-laced tirade arguing that he should have won the best video award that went to Jeremie Rozan and Martial Schmeltz, directors of "We Are Your Friends" by Justice vs Simian. He interrupted the duo's acceptance speech, arguing that his big-budget video for "Touch the Sky" deserved to win because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."

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    Mother love -

    West holds the three Grammys he won in 2006 and poses with his mother, Donda, a college English professor. She died in 2007 of complications of cosmetic surgery at age 59. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later signed the "Donda West Law," which made it mandatory for patients to show they are medically cleared before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery.

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    West again caused controversy in 2006, when Rolling Stone put him on its cover wearing a crown of thorns. In the interview, West confessed that he suffered from an addiction to porn that he said began when he was five and saw his father's Playboy magazine.

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    Strike up the band -

    West and Jamie Foxx wore marching-band uniforms to perform West's hit "Gold Digger" during the 2006 Grammys. He won three Grammys that year, and "Gold Digger" won for best rap solo performance.

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    That's right, I won -

    West won best rap album for "The College Dropout" at the 2005 Grammy Awards. His speech was considered cocky by critics, and included his statement that "A lot of people were wondering what I was going to do if I didn't win anything ... I guess we'll never know"

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    West poses at Tower Records in New York in 2005, where he signed copies of his CD "Late Registration."

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    Unlikely angel -

    West is seen performing his hit "Jesus Walks" at the 2005 Grammys. That year, he was nominated for 10 awards and won three, including rap album of the year.

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    Speaking out -

    Mike Myers paired up with West during a benefit concert follwing Hurricane Katrina in 2005, during which West famously deviated from the script to say "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Bush would later call the event "one of the most disgusting moments" of his presidency. West and Myers are seen here reuniting on "Saturday Night Live" in 2005.

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    Sore loser -

    West's temper surfaced early. After learning he lost the best new artist award to country singer Gretchen Wilson at the American Music Awards in 2004, he stormed out of the award ceremony. He later tells reporters, "I felt like I was definitely robbed, and I refused to give any politically correct bullsh--ass comment ... I was the best new artist this year."

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    With Anna Nicole Smith -

    Kanye West began his career as a music producer in 1996, but then struggled to earn his own record deal. In 2004, he released his debut album, "The College Dropout." Reality show star and model Anna Nicole Smith appeared in the music video for that album's single, "The New Workout Plan." The song pokes fun at the idea that women are valued only for their shape, men for their money. Smith died in 2007 after a prescription drug overdose.

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A creative back-and-forth for sure, but the toilet tangle is far from West's most talked-about feud. Here's a look at just six of his more public quarrels.

West vs. the American Music Awards
Awards shows have often been problems for West. In 2004 at the American Music Awards, after he lost the best new artist honor to country singer Gretchen Wilson, West stormed out of the show. He blamed a massive conspiracy against him and told reporters, "I felt like I was definitely robbed. ... I was the best new artist this year." Look, Wilson's "Redneck Woman" was a good song, but musical history seems to prove West was right on that one.

West vs. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama
West isn't afraid to go after even the most powerful politicians in the land. In 2005, West appeared next to Mike Myers on the Concert for Hurricane Relief, a benefit for those affected by the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Myers read his scripted remarks encouraging donations to the Red Cross, but West went completely off script, criticizing racism in the media representation and government treatment of victims, and finally getting cut off when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

West used to feel more positive about President Barack Obama, who like West has Chicago roots, but that changed in late 2013. The rapper told a Philadelphia radio station that he felt used by the president, who criticized his run-in with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. And speaking of ...

West vs. Taylor Swift
This is probably West's best-known feud, and the one on which it's hardest to defend him. Taylor Swift won the award for best female video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, an honor West felt should've gone to Beyonce for "Single Ladies." Disagreeing with an award is one thing, but West actually jumped on stage, grabbed Swift's microphone, and loudly complained that she didn't deserve the win. His comments, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," were almost instantly turned into memes that still proliferate on the Internet. Beyonce herself remained gracious, and when "Single Ladies" did win video of the year, she invited Swift onstage to finish her interrupted speech.

West vs. Justin Timberlake
What's better than one powerhouse musician? Two powerhouse musicians feuding. At a February 2013 concert, West got in a dig against Timberlake's song "Suit & Tie," saying, "I got love for (song contributor Jay-Z), but I ain't (expletive) with that 'Suit & Tie.'" Word got back to Timberlake, and when he sang "Suit & Tie" on "Saturday Night Live" in March, he changed one of the lyrics to be "got rappers acting dramatic." Timberlake later appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and when asked about the lyric change, insisted, "I love Kanye."

West vs. Jimmy Kimmel
Talk-show hosts make fun of many celebrities, but when Jimmy Kimmel aimed a skit at West, the rapper wasn't laughing. In September 2013, Kimmel used child actors to re-enact a West interview, and West reacted angrily on Twitter, where he called the host "out of line" and demanded an apology. He didn't quite get that, but the two celebs did talk it out in a super-lengthy interview on Kimmel's show. "A lot of people think you are a jerk,” Kimmel told West. “I often in my own personal conversations say, ‘No. I know this guy. He is not a jerk.’”

West vs. the paparazzi
Now here's a feud where it's almost impossible not to be on West's side. Who wouldn't want to take a swing at the paparazzi who constantly follow him, and are equally obsessed with West's fiancee, Kim Kardashian, and daughter North West? In his Kimmel inteview, West stated the obvious: "The way paparazzi talk to me and my family is disrespectful." Most recently, the rapper pled not guilty to charges of misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft after allegedly fighting with a photographer at LAX. In a similar 2008 case, West smashed a photographer's camera and ended up being ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

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