We all remember Kanye West's vibrant performance from last weekend's Saturday Night Live. The rapper swarmed the stage with a flashy entourage in tow. 'Ye gleefully rapped songs from his new album The Life of Pablo, and managed to yet-again inflame tensions with Taylor Swift when he spat an insulting line about the singer during the song "Famous."
But that isn't all Yeezy managed to accomplish during his musical guest-spot on SNL: According to secret audio captured of the rapper backstage, Kanye had a tantrum, wherein he delivered an expletive-laden rant after production staff dismantled part of his stage. The rapper also griped about Swift, calling her a "fake ass," and repeatedly yelled "don't fuck with me!" at SNL staffers.
Listen to the audio over at Page Six. During his diatribe, Yeezy noted that he's "50 percent more influential" than some of history's most influential people, including filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, artist Pablo Picasso, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Apostle Paul—an early preacher of Christianity who lived in the first century A.D.
Yeezy apparently threatened to leave SNL before his performance. The only person with enough tact to placate him was executive producer Lorne Michaels, who pleaded with the rapper to stay and perform as planned.
Meanwhile, Kanye's vaunted The Life of Pablo continues to hold much cultural attention, despite its totally confusing release.