Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Kanye: I'm looked at like Hitler

Kanye West said he feels people 'look at him like he is Hitler sometimes' (AP)

Kanye West has said that sometimes he feels like Adolf Hitler.

The 34-year-old rapper was the headline act at the UK's Big Chill music festival on Saturday night, where he ranted in the middle of his set about being misunderstood and under-appreciated.

He said: "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler." He received light boos from the crowd.

West, who started his set about 30 minutes late, apologised to the crowd for his tardiness, saying he needed to make sure his performance was great. The multiplatinum-seller is known for his outbursts, most notably his attack on Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

West also defended the music video for his song Monster, which features cannibalism and girls hanging from their necks.

"Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women's groups started saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?" he asked, referring to the 2007 death of his mother, Donda West.

He closed his show on a positive note by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse. West, who said he met the late singer a few years ago during Paris fashion week, played snippets of Winehouse's Tears Dry On Their Own and Back To Black.

He said it was "beautiful" to meet her and that she was "amazing".

Then, true to form, he began another rant: "Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here," he said to the crowd.

"This is for (Alexander) McQueen, for Amy, for Michael (Jackson) and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?" he asked, receiving a roaring cheer from the crowd and leaving the stage with his three-man band and 20-something back-up dancers.

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