Kanye West's 'Storytellers': Did he really rant about Chris Brown, Thom Yorke, and O.J. Simpson?

Kanyeweststoryteller_lKanye West is nothing if not a man of strong opinions, so it’s not too huge a shock to hear (via a Reuters report) that he might have shared some controversial thoughts with the studio audience while taping his episode of VH1’s Storytellers, which airs tomorrow night. According to Reuters, Kanye lashed out at Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke for somehow snubbing him backstage at the Grammys, which raises the question of whether Kanye has ever seen an interview with Thom. (Blindingly awesome creative genius, yes; enthusiastic green-room schmoozer, possibly not.) Reuters also says that Kanye went on a tirade against those who are quick to judge Michael Phelps (word) — as well as defending Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, and O.J. Simpson. "Can’t we give Chris a break?… O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?" Uh, no comment on that one, Yeezy.

Reuters says many of these remarks got cut from the final VH1 broadcast, so it’ll be hard for anyone to tell whether those quotes made more sense in context. (VH1 has issued a statement saying that "Every show/concert performance that’s taped for television goes through an editing process and this episode of Storytellers is not unique to that"; Kanye’s reps haven’t replied to my e-mail asking for comment on this.) So given that all this should probably be taken with a grain of salt, what do you think? Does this make you more or less interested in watching Kanye’s Storytellers? And if you do watch it, what do you think are the chances that you’ll ignore whatever he says in between songs and end up saying, "Was he not amazing though?"

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  • Keith

    Talentless baffoons are all the same, they all fall off that pedestal they put themselves on as penniless as they were before.

  • mike

    Kanye West is an idiot. “Was he not amazing though?” Is this guy serious? Yea let’s start giving murderers and thieves a break.
    And Kanye West should never speak another word about anyone from Radiohead again.

  • Matt

    Even without those parts, this is going to be amazing. Kanye is so crazy he’s bound say other ridiculous stuff. VH1 released video him doing “Stronger” on the show. You can see it here:

    http://gotchamedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/kanye-west-on-storytellers.html

  • darron

    Apparently, I hear that Kanye West thinks that Radiohead is one of his few creative rivals.
    To Kanye West: If you think that you are anywhere near the level of the creative genius that is Radiohead, you must be delusional. You do make some decent music, but you have nothing on Radiohead. So please stop talking as if you are one of the music industry’s elite. You are not. Deal with it and get over it. You will never achieve that status. I doubt that Thom Yorke actually snubbed you, because you have the tendency to cry like a baby whenever something doesn’t go your way. And even if he did snub you, get it out of your head that every one in this world must show you respect and gratitude. No matter how much you would like to be, you are not the savior of the music industry. You are not even the best there is in rap/hip-hop music today. GET OVER YOURSELF.

  • Amy

    Hey Kanye, how about we decide to give Chris Brown a break when he shows us that he is actually sorry for what he did? Sorry, but people who commit crimes as serious as this should not be given a break after only having their publicist and crisis expert release a bulls*** statement.

  • lada

    Oj is simply amazing because he got away with murder… That’s it Kanye! Does Kanye even know how to play a musical instrument? I thought he just put words to other people’s music!

    • Vivid

      Kanye West came up as being a Producer as well as a rapper. He’s made the music behind a lot of Jay Z’s music as well as his own. He is fairly smart musically… however… he’s an idiot when it comes to publicity…

  • jade

    although i like kaney west i mean the whole chris brown thing come on no matter what he did he should stll go 2 jail regardless of what he did its only fair

  • pimpinlatino411

    kanye is very opinionated and also not afraid to show those opinions. He is also very talented and his cockiness is also apart of who he is. Sometimes I agree with kanye othertimes not so much. But I admire that he is not afraid to speak his mind none the less. Kanye takes risks. Kanye goes against the grain. Kanye is a genius and as such will never be a “normal” person. And most of all I wouldn’t want him any other way.

  • Jared J. H. Catapano

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

    http://music.ology.com/2009/02/27/oversized-child-kanye-west-disses-radiohead-defends-chris-brown/

    -Jared J. H. Catapano

  • Jared J. H. Catapano

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

    http://music.ology.com/2009/02/27/oversized-child-kanye-west-disses-radiohead-defends-chris-brown/

    -Jared J. H. Catapano

  • daisyj

    Hey, you know, he’s right. If a guy has some sort of talent, then of course he should be able to beat and murder women as much as he wants, without any repercussions. I mean, they’re just chicks, right? It’s not like there aren’t plenty more where they came from.

  • Phil

    Yeah Kanye, let’s give the guy who beat his girlfriend a break because if you severely beat her once it’s totally fine. She probably deserved it because women are inferior and she probably provoked it with one of her inferior feminine actions. A very ethical plea, Kanye. By the way, f*ck you Kanye.

  • m

    Sorry Kanye, but you’re so way off. Give us a break from your stupidity. OJ amazing? Are you serious?! Phelps, I can let by because he was just caught smoking pot, who hasn’t smoked out of a bong before? But murder is something else.
    I can’t stand KW. Those who think he’s a genius, shut up. This guy doesn’t play an instrument, he can rhyme and wave his hands in the air, that’s it, big deal. When you can sing and play an instrument at the same time, then I’ll cut you some slack.

  • m

    pimpinlatino411 Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 04:31 PM EST
    kanye is very opinionated and also not afraid to show those opinions. He is also very talented and his cockiness is also apart of who he is. Sometimes I agree with kanye othertimes not so much. But I admire that he is not afraid to speak his mind none the less. Kanye takes risks. Kanye goes against the grain. Kanye is a genius and as such will never be a “normal” person. And most of all I wouldn’t want him any other way.
    Don’t you have someone better in your life that you can admire other than this scum bag KWest? Really!

    • Jon LaLanne

      A genius?????? ARE YOU SMOKING OFF KW’s BONG????
      HOW is HE A GENIUS??? PLEEEEASSSE tell me!!! I would rather watch SnL and torture myself with 3rd grade humor than listen to KW’s cheezy wanna be rock.He can’t sing ,play an instrument and does not even know what key he is in.He can’t even rap GENIUS ?????? someone shoot me.cause I’m dying of laughter from your comment.

  • Anna

    I wish Eminem would come back into the public eye. He’s an outspoken rapper like Kanye… Except Eminem is actually talented. Someone seriously needs to put Kanye in his place. Please!
    I am over his whole cocky attitude. Funny at first… but when you don’t have much talent to back it up, it gets incredibly annoying.

    • Jon LaLanne

      Like I said before his rapping even sux!How is he famous and who buys that cheezy garbage.Taylor Swift and KW should date, none of them can sing.

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