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Kanye West's Worst Public Outbursts

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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.

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  • 5. 'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People'

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    After Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005, a bunch of celebs banded together for a telethon to raise funds to help the Big Easy get back on its feet. But the night will be forever remembered for Kanye calling out George W. Bush in an unscripted moment that was uncomfortable for everyone involved.

    Just ask Mike Myers, who was standing next to Kanye at the time.

  • 6. Blaming Bonnaroo For His Late Start

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    Fans waiting to see Yeezy perform at Bonnaroo in 2008 had to wait two hours before he finally hit the stage. They not only voiced their displeasure with boos, but threw bottles at the stage as well. In true Kanye fashion, he went on a 773-word tirade blaming the promoters without apologizing for his tardiness. 

  • 7. Storming Out Of The 2004 American Music Awards After Losing Best New Artist Award

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    Heading into the 2004 AMAs, Kanye was confident he'd take home the prize for Best New Artist. Instead, country singer Gretchen Wilson won, causing the rapper to leave the ceremony in a huff. He later said he was robbed and was the best new artist of that year. History has proven him right.

  • 8. A Fan Throws A Penny And Kanye Sings About It

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    An Australian fan learned the hard way not to chuck coins at the rapper. Though the culprit was never uncovered, Kanye went on a mid-song tangent, telling the person "to eat sh*t and die."