An audio recording of ‘Coldest Winter’ MC Kanye West– reportedly made minutes after his infamous Taylor Swift VMA ‘breakdown’- has surfaced online today, via John Cook’s ‘Gawker’.
In the recording, the performer can be heard explaining the motive behind his actions on the night, revealing just why he believed Swift never deserved to beat Beyonce in the ‘Best Female Video’ category, and why Eminem triggered his need to rewrite his verse on the Rihanna backed ‘Run This Town‘.
I’d rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it’s like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… [Tape break] I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my ****in’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a ****in’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake ****, I went back and rewrote my **** for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I ****in’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more mother****ing Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, “Why are you so angry? What’s the anger?”] Because my mother got arrested for the ****in’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame ****! I moved to ****in’ Hollywood chasing this ****. My mother died because of this ****. **** MTV.
It ain’t no love. What the **** was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the **** Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform “Heartless.” “Heartless” is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she’s pink! They put me in a ****in’ room and [inaudible – maybe “projected it”].
[A male voice asks, “How the **** did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?”] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that ****, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear – “ran all this ****,” maybe]. I said, “*****, I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head. I’m runnin’ up to y’all, put a…” [tape cuts].
It should be noted that West was not aware he was being recorded when expressing the above.