Earlier this month, rap superstar Kanye West lashed out over Britney’s Spears’ opening slot at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Maybe my money’s not right, maybe my skin’s not right,” he stated after Spears opened the show.
Is he a hot head? Yes. Is he a brilliant artist? Yes. Is he someone you should get to know better? Absolutely.
“I think that I have a powerful voice and I might have misused it on that night,” the chart-topper told Access Hollywood. “I think I said a lot of things that were true but maybe it wasn’t my place to particularly call those things out.”
The VMAs weren’t the first time Kanye spoke out. During a telethon after Hurricane Katrina, he said, “President Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Losing Best New Artist at the 2004 VMAs prompted another outburst by Kanye.
“I felt like I was definitely robbed and I refuse to give any bull---- a-- answer,” he said at the time.
And most recently, he told a New York radio DJ that the VMAs “exploited Britney in helping to end her career.”
“Do you think MTV exploited Spears?” Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson asked Kanye.
“I don’t really care, honesty. That is my answer, I don’t care,” he replied. “I got problems of my own, you know what I’m saying? I got my own stuff to deal with.”
Kanye’s passionate comments don’t seem to be affecting album sales. “Graduation” debuted at No. 1. In two weeks, it has sold over one million copies.
“Do they expect you to speak your mind? Do they expect you to be outspoken and controversial?” Shaun asked.
“Well, I’m not even trying to be controversial. I’m not trying to be something that I’m not. I was always like the kid that got sent to the office for saying ‘Hey, the art teacher sucks!,’ ” he said.
“Who did you say that to?” Shaun asked.
“To the art teacher. Then you know it was just kind of the MTV thing, just as a little kid. I think I have a little bit of a baby Tourettes-type thing happening. This is like no disrespect to people who have Tourettes, because I don’t want to be politically incorrect like I always am,” he answered.