Kanye West made an appearance at a listening party in Hollywood on Monday (Oct. 20) for G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor.
During the event, the rap star spoke, calmly to begin with, explaining that he’s criticized by the media for “turning up.”
“Sometimes, I don’t talk the most politically correct whatever the type of sh*t,” Ye said. “Motherf*ckas wanna Michael Jackson me to death and sh*t and act like I don’t do nothing positive and attack me.
“But I felt like I really express how proud I was of this person,” he added later, referring to Taylor. “This human being that had to fight, of this artist that’s fighting to make something that she really feel, that really connects in this generation.”
That connection Ye is referring to is Taylor’s debut album, VII, which is slated to be released Nov. 4. She signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2012, after appearing on the intro track for West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
“I be scared to turn up,” West continued. “If you remember with Pusha T, I turned up and everybody thought I was crazy. Then he came out and did that buck-twenty and n*ggas were like, ‘Aw, man. Maybe the sh*t was good.’ But what I’m saying is Teyana provides something that’s so R&B, so black, so ‘hood, so missing and so necessary in the marketplace.
“That was what was extremely interesting about what she did on Dark Fantasy, what she did every time she did vocals. A lot of people argue that she had the hottest joint on Cruel Summer.”
Before the night ended, Ye did, indeed, turn up… expressing what he said he “wanted to say in the first place.”
“Motherf*ckers wanted to drop Big Sean, motherf*ckers wanted to drop Teyana and motherf*ckers wanted to drop Pusha. Everybody always wanna be late or motherf*ckin’ drop somebody and sh*t and not believe in somebody all the way through,” he explained. “Now, I’m just gonna go ahead and be ‘Ye and they’re gonna put this sh*t on E! News and try to say I’m a crazy motherf*cker and sh*t. But, you know what? This is about artistry and fighting for artists to get their visions out, like it says in the name of the label, Getting Out Our Dreams.
“It’s a collective of motherf*ckers who believe in real music and there’s never been someone on the label that has had to take something into her hands quite as much as this girl has had to do,” Kanye added. “So, I really want y’all to give her her credit for fighting against an entire system … I’m just really proud to see her tonight, dropping her album. We had to fight for this.”