June 14, 2014


5 Things We Learned From Kanye West's Rants At Bonnaroo 2014

John Durgee for Fuse
John Durgee for Fuse

Kanye West went off on everything from the press to Bruno Mars to the festival he was headlining at that very moment last night, giving the crowds at Bonnaroo a serious dose of Yeezus' opinion.

We've compiled some choice quotes from the Kanye monologues. These haven't been edited--well, we cut out the curse words, because those are bad--but otherwise they're exact transcriptions. Here's five things we learned between the songs of Kanye's incredible set at Bonnaroo 2014. (And don't forget to read our full recap of the performance.)

1) Kanye takes rock stardom and t-shirts seriously.
"How many of y'all don't give a f—k about what the press say? It's 2014. College Dropout came out 2004. I want y'all to know, every time I go to the studio, every time I do an interview, every time I make a motherf—kin' t-shirt, the thing I do, I give it everything I got. And when I talk that shit, it's so that you can talk that sh-t. If you a fan of me, you a fan of your motherf—kin' self. You can do something that'll change the world. Look at how they try to make me look. They try to make me look crazy. And the people that write that? I don't see them performing for 90,000 motherf—kers … I know you seen movies and sh-t. Jimi Hendrix. John Lennon. Jim Morrison. I know y'all seen movies and sh-t. But y'all livin' a movie right motherf—king now. Because I AM THE NUMBER ONE MOTHERF—KING ROCK STAR ON THE PLANET."

2) Kanye got advice from Oprah.
"You know, I had a meeting with Oprah Winfrey. She wanted to give me some advice. What she told me was that the corporations are scared of me. I'm like, 'Little ol' me?! Why you scared of me?! Because I tell the kids the truth?! Why y'all scared of me?!' Why they so scared of me? … Little ol' me?' Because I want peoples' minds to finally be free. What's the new cool? What's the new cool? Can you tell me what's the new cool? Because I want to hide behind that. I need some new barricade to hide behind. I need a new cool. What's the new sh-t out? What's the new sh-t out with the most commercials at the Super Bowl? Let's just stop the music and play a Bruno Mars song right now, how about that? They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl. They told me I could never play at the Super Bowl. Not until I'm super old. Not until I'm super old … They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl. They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl, at least not until I'm super old. So I think it's time—hold up, f—k that toast." 

3) Kanye thinks Kanye is like Beethoven, Mozart and Shakespeare. 
"But I promise y'all tonight, as I stand here, 37-years-old, this is only the beginning. This is only the beginning … Because in all honesty, I'm not gonna lie to y'all right now, this might not come off as humble, but I'm gonna tell y'all the truth. I ain't concerned about nobody that's actually living. I know people get mad at me when I compare myself, but that's the only way I can explain what my aspirations are. When I'm talkin' 'bout Walt Disney, when I'm talkin' 'bout Howard Hughes, when I'm talkin' 'bout Henry Ford, when I'm talkin' 'bout Beethoven, when I talk about Mozart, when I talk about Shakespeare, and they all had their time on this earth. And I'm only 37. And right now I'm rockin' to 90,000, and y'all mother—kers right now. So I ain't goin' at anybody on the radio. I'm goin' after Shakespeare. I'm goin' after Walt Disney. I'm going after Howard Hughes. I'm going after David Stern. I'm goin' after Henry Ford. I'm going after Elon Musk. Okay, he is living, but he's my boy. Whether you believe it or not … you can only achieve as high as you believe. You can only achieve as high as you believe … And just like Martin had a dream, and just like Kendrick had a dream. I believe in everything. I believe in anything. You can only believe … I can only stand here when I been f—ked up so many times. F—ked up so many times … And I know that I ain't perfect. But everything I'm not makes me everything I am."

4) Kanye is still upset over going on late at Bonnaroo 2008 and... wait, what about R. Kelly? 
"I came to Bonnaroo six months after my mom passed. Pearl Jam went on three hours long. I did the Glow In The Dark show here. My sh-t was going on when the motherf--kin' daylight was comin' on. They said I was runnin' late. They blared my motherf--kin' tanks, my cryo, my pyro, they wrote 'F-CK KANYE' on that sh-t. Y'all wrote that sh-t in the press. WHERE THE PRESS AT? Y'all gonna write all these motherf--kers puttin' they hands up right now? WHERE THE PRESS AT? WHERE THE PRESS AT? WHERE THE PRESS AT? Man, I'll run that sh-t. This is real rock n' roll. If you ever grew up on real music, the reason why you write that sh-t about music? I'm from the South Side of Chicago. I dreamed of R. Kelly giving me a deal."  

5) Kanye believes in "God's plan." 
"Somebody told me that everybody on the plane was coming out here to Bonnaroo, to come check me out, and you know, it humbled me. It humbled me, and at the same time gave me confidence. It gave me a quiet confidence, a steel confidence, a feeling that it was actually gonna happen, a feeling that it was God's plan. God's plan. God's plan, something I could never understand, understand, understand, it's all in God's plan. God's plan. God's plan. God's plan … So whether you believe it or not … the fact that there are so many people here tonight, it humbles me. It humbles me—but not in the Webster's definition of humility. It humbles me in a way that gives me strength, to know that it's in God's plan. And I know I set my goals very high."