Earlier this week, Taylor Swift was taken to task by some for her passing Twitter mention of the infamous 2009 Kanye West MTV Video Music Awards mic-snatching incident after she was nominated for two VMAs.
It seems Swift isn’t the only one still fixated on that controversial moment. New audio has surfaced, capturing a voice that most certainly sounds to be Kanye West’s, just hours after Taylorgate. Gawker, whose tipster provided the audio, claims that the recording was taken at a New York City restaurant following the VMAs, and that Kanye was not aware he was being recorded. His discussion turns distinctly racial when discussing his motivation for interrupting Swift, which — for those who don’t have the moment forever engrained — to say that Beyoncé was cheated out of an award over Swift.
“I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my f***in’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a f***in’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake s***, I went back and rewrote my s*** for two days,” West practically screams on the recording. “I canceled appointments to rewrite! I f***in’ care…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 motherf***ing Elvises with no James Browns.”
When a female questions why West seems so angry, he explodes, claiming that his “mother died for this fame s***! F*** MTV.”
The rapper goes on to throw Pink under the bus, questioning why she was invited to perform two songs at that year’s VMA ceremony, while he wasn’t asked to perform at all. “How the f*** Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform ‘Heartless’?” he said. “‘Heartless’ is the biggest song of the year!”