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Kanye West Says The Press is ‘Trying To Kill Me’ at Essence Music Festival

On Saturday, July 2, G.O.O.D. Music CEO  Kanye West took the stage to headline this year’s Essence Music Festival. In between wowing the crowd with his dazzling stage show (nearly two dozen dancers, pyrotechnics and elaborate lighting scenarios) along with chart-topping hits, West took time share to his thoughts on the media’s “lies,” his VMA scandal and his former girlfriend Amber Rose.

According to The Boombox, during his show stopping set, the “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” chewed the fat about his run-ins with the media and thanked his fans for supporting him despite the media’s “lies.”

“It feels good to be home,” he told the crowd, who at their peak, spilled out of their seats and into every open aisle hoping for a closer glimpse of the rapper. “When I say home, I’m talking about with my people. I been around the world… got into a little controversy here and there. Even though the media tries to lie to you every day, I just wanna say I thank ya’ll for standing by me and supporting me even when they said my career was over.”

West also comically addressed his infamous MTV VMA scandal with teen pop star Taylor Swift. “I had a little bit to drink that night,” he said and explained why he no longer does interviews, saying the press wants to kill him.

“I don’t do interviews anymore because the press be trying to kill me, I let the music speak for itself,”

Although the “Monster” emcee supposedly wants nothing to do with the media anymore, West made sure to provide them with a jewel of a quote when he took another  jab at ex-girlfriend Amber Rose while his DJ spun the classic Bell Biv Devoe track, “Poison.”

“Never trust a big butt and a smile, why ain’t I listen to the song?!” West remarked.

Showing his softer side, the Chicago emcee also dedicated his performance to his late mother, Donda West.

“This show tonight and every show is dedicated to one special person,” he said before performing “Hey Mama.”

West may have a bit of a loose tongue, but at least the man knows how to put his heart into a show. –nicholas robinson


  1. Charlesia L. Heard on July 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This is the very reason Kanye said,on saturday at the Essence fest that he won’t be giving anymore interviews because the media is trying to destroy his career.  And,writing this article just proves it. Rolling Out,need to roll out the fact the Mr. Kanye West gave an explosive and incredible show.  Everybody talked about how wonderful Kanye’s stage production and presentation was.  You should talk about that!

  2. M_jg3 on July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    HA! West got a taste of the theory and meaning behind Metaphysics… the universe gives back what one put out, in his case HIS BIG MONTH! So its not surprising West used the “Media” to act a fool and speak his mind – but wait – now all of a sudden the very same platform he used to run his month is the same entity that’s coming back to hunt him…? I guess its a lesson well learned for Mr. West, now he understand the meaning behind “Being and staying Humble”!

  3. Dee Dee Russell on July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Naw. He did himself in. Admitted he was drunk when he acted the fool at with Taylor Swift. Rich and powerful as a King! Now all he has to do is make videos starring lovely women of a darker hue 😉