Kanye West, threatened not to perform before he repeatedly yelled at Saturday Night Live (SNL) staff ‘Don’t f*** with me’, an audio clip obtained by Page Six. In the rant, which happened after Kanye realised he could not use the set he had planned for his performance and declares Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Picasso, Paul the Apostle, and Pablo Escobar “50 percent more influential” than the average human being. Listen to the clip after the cut…
He was heard saying: ‘Let’s get to it, bro. Let’s get to it, bro! Are they f****** crazy? Bro! By 50 per cent [I am more influential].
‘Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso… f****** Picasso and Escobar. By 50 per cent more influential than any other human being.
‘Don’t f*** with me. Don’t f*** with me. Don’t f*** with me. By 50 per cent, dead or alive, by 50 per cent for the next thousand years. Stanley Kubrick. Ye.’
A source told Page Six of the incident; ‘It had something to do with the set. Kim, who was in the audience with Kylie Jenner, had to come down.
‘Lorne had to personally talk to Kanye. There were a few really tense minutes” when it looked like he was walking, leaving the live NBC show in the lurch.’
Also in the rant, Kanye is heard shouting about a stage.
He said: ‘Look at that s***, they took my f****** stage off of SNL without asking me. Now I’m bummed. That and Taylor Swift, fake a**.
‘Now I ain’t gonna do this. We’re breaking the mother-f****** Internet. I went through six years of this f****** s***.
A source told Page Six that Kanye was upset that shiny flooring had been removed from his set because it was reflecting on stage lights.
Another source said that Kanye called SNL staffers ‘white motherf*****s’, though that can’t be heard on the recorded audio.
The source told Page Six: ‘It was like he was having an emotional breakdown. He was calling the crew “white motherf*****s” and then said he was going to walk out.
‘The only thing that stopped him from actually leaving right then was that nobody had access to the freight elevator. If he’d walked out on the live show, it would have been a disaster. And the whole meltdown was just because of the floor.’
Another source said that Kanye was having ‘regular meltdowns’.
‘Everyone’s walking on eggshells around him. He’s under a lot of stress between the new album and the fashion line,’ the source said.