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Kanye West's Worst Public Outbursts 

Robert Wabash
Updated April 18, 2019 34.6k views 13 items

Kanye West is no stranger to controversy. Kanye's rants and outbursts are almost as legendary as his catalog and production credits. The rapper gets in trouble for his unfiltered comments, and these public events have landed him in hot water.

Any person, place, or thing can feel Kanye's wrath, which has caused him many problems. Just ask Mike Myers. When the duo appeared together asking for money during the Hurricane Katrina pledge drive, West went off-script when he said that President Bush didn't care about black people. Myers had to stand next to Kanye the entire time with nowhere to run. One would have thought that Kanye learned his lesson after his rant in front of the whole country, but it was just the beginning.

Throughout the years, more and more controversies have popped up due to his rants. He's walked out of awards shows, cursed off fans, and bashed contemporaries over the years. Kanye's most famous outburst, however, was directed at Taylor Swift. Though he was sort of well-intentioned (his excuse was that he attempted to explain why his pal Beyoncé should have won the VMA instead of the country sweetheart) it just created another controversy when the public was already on Kanye overload. In 2018, Kanye acknowledged that he is bipolar, which he used to help explain his volatile behavior.

Here are the most controversial Kanye eruptions... that is, until the next big one occurs.

1
You Ain't Got The Answers, Sway!
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Starts at 17:20. In 2013, Kanye went off on Sway Calloway during an interview on the SiriusXM station Shade 45.

2
Kanye Hates That Beck Beat Beyoncé For The Best Album Grammy
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Things Kanye West likes: designer shoes, Kardashian selfies, BeyoncéThings Kanye West doesn't like: Grammy voters, Beck. Kanye celebrated the 2015 Grammy awards by delivering an epic rant at an E! after party. The rapper was unhappy that Beck beat his favorite/BFF Beyoncé for album of the year and decided to make his dissatisfaction heard. Kayne said:

I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyoncé. Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place.

Hey, at least he managed to save it for a post-show interview instead of "Imma let you finish"-ing Beck on stage. Progress.

3
Kanye Bashes Jimmy Kimmel For Spoof
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Kanye West unleashed one of his more epic Twitter rants in 2013, sounding off on Jimmy Kimmel for a sketch in which the late-night host reenacted a recent BBC Radio 1 interview with West, replacing Kanye with a bratty kid. In all caps, West ranted at Kimmel for making fun of "THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS" before transitioning into personal jabs.

"JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES ... OH NO THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PU**Y IN YOUR LIFE." He went on to call Kimmel's face "CRAZY," and then dropped that Kimmel's ex, Sarah Silverman, is "A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER."

He finished off the rant with two meme-like photos insulting Kimmel, calling him a "no good pu**y" and likening his face to Spongebob Squarepants. If you are lucky, all of the tweets are still up on Kanye's twitter feed.

Then, Kanye appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's show on alongside Dr. Phil, who moderated the discussion between the two feuding parties, and made up.

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Interrupting Taylor Swift’s Acceptance Speech
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When Taylor Swift took home the prize for Best Female Video in 2009, everyone in attendance politely gave their approval. Except Kanye. Visibly upset that his pal Beyoncé didn't win the award, the rapper leaped out of his seat and hit the stage in defense of his friend, even though that meant interrupting the victor.

While he may have had a case, his rant went over poorly and turned him into an adjective for poor manners.