Kanye West Equates Celebrity Treatment To Civil Rights Struggle

By Staff  |  08/06/2014

Kanye West

Kanye West's rants have become legendary over the years, especially over the past several months, but they don't stop at just interviews or on-stage. He recently offered some memorable quotables in a deposition from his paparazzi assault case.

Back in July 2013, an angry Kanye went after a paparazzi at LAX as he left the terminal, allegedly breaking his camera.

TMZ obtained a transcript of Ye's recent deposition in the case, in which he says (under oath) that he's "the smartest celebrity you've ever f*cking dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears."

He also tells Nate Goldberg, the photog's lawyer: "I'm in the business of trying to make dope sh*t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."

Later, West calls out Goldberg for reciting the word "n*ggas" while quoting lyrics from his song, "Flashing Lights," saying: "I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these n*ggas got me." West interrupts him, saying: "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me. It offends me because you're a white person saying 'n*gga.' "

He also goes on to compare the civil rights struggles blacks faced in the 1960's to celebrities fighting against paparazzi's today.

"I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N*gger' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also." Goldberg then asks if he equates the struggle to present day, and Kanye replied, "Yes, 100 ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities.

"We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this -- guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."

Ye also used a lot of sarcasm throughout the deposition, replying "Earth" when asked where he lives.