Kanye’s performance of “Ultralight Beam” on SNL this past Saturday has received nothing but praise. It was incredible, a brilliant showcase of talent ranging from Kelly Price to Chance The Rapper. A moment to remember, a moment that almost didn’t happen.
What we didn’t know at home was that before performing Kanye had a mini-meltdown that almost meant the performance never happened at all.
Page Six uncovered some audio from that night of Kanye fuming with anger over the SNL staff removing portions of the stage without asking him. He blew up, upset and bummed by their actions. Kanye’s frustrations also surfaced his feelings toward Taylor Swift, randomly calling her a “fake ass” during his tirade. It didn’t stop there, he went into full blown rant mode, calling himself more influential than Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Picasso, Paul the Apostle and Pablo Escobar by a very specific 50 percent. It was a very bold statement but he topped the proclamation, “By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years”.
We understand that Kanye gets upset, that he wants to “break the internet” with every televised performance, we want him to do the same. Kanye’s camp has already reached out and cleared up what happened from their side, insisting that he wasn’t yelling at SNL’s staff but having a private moment of frustration with his team. Venting about stage design is something we've seen before, well within the confines of perfectionist artist blow-ups we've grown accustomed to. I mean, have you heard Christian Bale flip out on that lighting guy?
Instead, it’s the proclamations of his influence that really struck me overboard. Way overboard. Who just yells that they're 50 percent more influential than Stanley Kubrick and Paul the Apostle when they're angry? Who yells they're the most influential person for the next 1,000 years by 50 percent? What a both bizarrely specific and vague proclamation.
If this was indeed a private moment it's even more revealing then that this is how Kanye truly views himself even when the cameras are off. As Dave Chappelle said, it's dismissive to call him crazy, but it's also becoming increasingly hard to believe Kanye's living in the same reality as the rest of us.