You’ve gotten a glimpse at “Stronger,” but what really went down at Kanye’s VH1 concert will require some imagination. “During the taping, according to a Reuters reporter, West was aggrieved that Radiohead singer Thom Yorke had allegedly snubbed him backstage at the Grammys five days earlier. That hurt, West told the audience, because he idolizes the British band. ’So when he performed at the Grammys, I sat the fuck down,’ West said.” Classic Kanye, but it apparently won’t make the broadcast Saturday. Also edited out: “Can’t we give Chris [Brown] a break? … I know I make mistakes in life.” And “O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?” Amazing. More cutting room floor bon mots at Reuters (HT Daily Swarm).

Comments (49)
  1. Black Jesus  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2009 0

    I did not think Thom Yorke could get any cooler and then I read this.

  2. if its a VH1 show and a whore bus or celebrity drug addicts aren’t involved, nobody is going to watch it. kanye west undoubtedly knew this fact ahead of time, which gives him carte blanche to give props to juice.

  3. h8  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2009 0

    i wonder when he’s going to realize how lame he is…

  4. monty  |   Posted on Feb 26th, 2009 +1

    i’m in favor of anything that keeps kanye sitting down.

  5. “Come on ya’ll, let’s just forgive Chris Brown and OJ, because, yo, we all make mistakes right? And life is too short, and you win some, you lose some and nobody’s perfect and all that, But, on the real, fuck Thom Yorke for allegedly showing some vague disrespect because that shit is just crossing a line.

    Also, someone waxed this floor waaay too much last night. My shoes is slippin’, son. Got me all laying on the floor during my ‘Storytellers’ and shit. ”

  6. oh kanye, you’re making it harder and harder for me to defend you. why can’t you show the world the kanye that i know is deep inside?


  7. I saw him in concert a couple of years ago. It was more of a meltdown than an actual concert. The guy should probably stay away from live shows.

    • Chadams  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

      The blog post-style breakdown & whine part of the show is when I decided to leave for the much better NIN show at Lolla last year.

  8. He’s really in his own reality where it wasn’t just one mediocre summer hit that made him famous. He really does think he’s the best out there and that radiohead (of all bands) is one of the “few” in his league?

    Yeah. Okay.

    • He’s got a lot more than “one mediocre summer hit.” And that’s not just in his reality ? in most people’s realities, he’s had four big albums, with at least eight big hits (I’d say that’s a conservative estimate). Plus, that’s not counting all the big hits he’s produced.

      However, yeah, it is kinda ridic for him to consider Radiohead one of the “few in his league.” And that shit about O.J. and Chris Brown is just wrong.

    • bn  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

      where did kanye even say he was in radiohead’s league? he said he idolizes them, which clearly means something entirely different.

  9. Rappers usually don’t age well…. can’t wait to see that meltdown when we stop caring. I saw him live over the summer, it was fun.

    • hmmm  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

      kanye west is not in radioheads league musically but he is creative and catchy, especially compared to other people at that level of hiphop, no matter how lame you claim to think he his, he adds credibility to the ever shrinking and over protective (as seen here) genre of mainstream hip hoppers = fans and performers, searching for a way to add credibility / justification to waht they do……

  10. TT  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    Why? Kanye, why?

  11. eddiebragin  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    geez kanye calm down. i almost feel your pain but not really. don’t you know Thom Yorke probably was the most uncomfortable person in the entire thing? deep deep levels of depression and issues affects you both, you breakdown in VH1 storytellers, Thom Yorke keeps it in for the rest of his life. divaaaaaaaaaasssss

  12. O.J. was amazing… at football. But being good at running behind a stellar offensive line doesn’t give a person a lifetime pass.

    Kanye, you crazy.

  13. inching toward the britney meltdown

  14. ...and I think he's a real talent  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    What if it was Kanye’s mom that Chris Brown hit or OJ killed. Has he “gotten past” how he must feel about the doctors performing the surgery when his mom died?

  15. Shapiro  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    Maybe when Thom Yorke saw Kanye he mistook him for Jermaine or Tito Jackson from 1986? What with that awful mullet and all.

    If Kanye could rhyme like Jay, his craziness might be tolerable. As it is, no way.

  16. Kanye in Radiohead’s league is hardly a stretch.
    But it’s also a dumb assertion to present because these are two completely different leagues.

    As a general question, what is so offputting about him to people as of late? The ego?

    I mean, snubbing a fan – regardless of the occasion and circumstance – is pretty much a dick thing to do. Especially given the situation.

  17. I could go for a tall glass of fresh O.J. right about now…

  18. Steve  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    Thom Yorke was a dick, it shouldn’t matter if it was Kanye or anyone else, the guy was a fan and Thom was a rude asshole.

  19. Pete Fontaine  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    OJ Simpson is amazing? I see. Now the lyrics from the 808′s song Amazing make sense:

    “I’m a monster, I’m a killer, I know I’m wrong”

  20. It probably wasn’t even Thom Yorke, just some geeky british dude. Relax Yeezy!

  21. Ty  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    The guy thinks he’s God’s gift to music and seriously the guys flow is corney/weak, (though he is a pretty decent producer). Example……excerpt from through the wire –

    “I drink a boost for breakfast, and ensure for dizzert
    Somebody ordered pancakes I just sip the sizzurp
    That right there could drive a sane man bizzerk
    Not to worry y’ll Mr. H 2 the Izzo’s back to wizzerk”

    I guess I was just spoiled with MC’s with skills during the golden age of hip-hop aka the early-mid 90′s……RAKIM, CHUCK-D, EPMD, NWA, GANGSTARR, WU-TANG, ICE CUBE (pre-acting days), TRIBE, EPMD, DE LA, early JAY-Z, GOODIE MOB, early OUTKAST etc……

  22. Mr. West's Therapist  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    I really want to hear how Thom snubbed him, though. I mean, it’s Kanye. He takes shit waaaaaay too personally.

    Plus I can pretty much here him trying to tell Thom, “HAVE YOU HEARD MY NEW RECORD??? ITS JUST AS EXPERIMENTAL AND GOOD AS KID A!!!!!”

  23. ...  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    Weird. Thom was anti-social at a super social event in southern Cal with dozens of prima donna celebrities, you think you know a guy…guaranteed Radiohead never plays there again.

  24. AND WHEN DO WE WANT IT?  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    FREE OJ!

  25. This is ridiculous. There mere fact that Kanye is defending this jerk shows he just wants the attention. Give me a a break…


    -Jared J. H. Catapano

  26. The snub is just a huge misunderstanding, Thom can’t see anything out of that lazy eye

  27. William Lawrence Tatum  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    What a fine example of a criminal asshole .

  28. PeteR  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    Thom probably had no idea who Kanye was!
    Shouldn’t KW try to build his reputation up before he wanks his own ego?

  29. Steve  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2009 0

    Why is everyone siding with Yorke?


  30. juuummbbaa  |   Posted on Mar 1st, 2009 0

    Favorite Kanye West moment: Using the “A” port a potty at Bonnaroo that spelled out “Fuck Kanye”. Again, fuck him.

  31. That bitch is crazy!

  32. Turns out they didn’t cut the OJ comments. I watched some of the show, and they aired.

  33. Terry's Chocolate Orange  |   Posted on Mar 2nd, 2009 0

    Kanye West is like that annoying brat in the grocery store….THE GROCERY STORE OF LIFE !

  34. Michael  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    At lollapalooza, kanye stopped his songs for like 10 minutes to compare himself to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. I am really into rap, so I have always liked Kanye for his beat-making skills (never really cared much for his raps though). After I saw him for the first time live though, I could never allow myself to like him. What a loser.

  35. Oh Kanye…. When people stop putting a mic in front of his face? It’s bad enough he’s got people thinking Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger; is nothing but a sound bite

  36. my left hand  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2009 0

    that that that that dont kill you kanye, can only make you lamer…

  37. The Pacifier  |   Posted on Mar 19th, 2009 0

    Kanye is just way over his head. I watched this and really couldn’t help laughing at his pitiful references and his grammer mistakes. Someone give the guy a pacifier.

  38. Code  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2009 0

    “i’m in favor of anything that keeps kanye sitting down.”


  39. Wow way to pull the “white” card you dumbass….
    I could take or leave Kanye, his music is awesome but I could do without it if that ment I didn’t have to hear his stupid comments. Just SHUT UUUP already.

  40. Robert  |   Posted on Feb 27th, 2009 0

    Ok, I’m black, in college, and whenever I want meaningful discussions on race in America, I don’t look to Kanye and Kenan. Please. Watch Good Burger again and you’ll see my point.

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