"Yeezus" has been blowing up on the Internet this week since it leaked days before its official release tomorrow, June 18. Everyone's talking about it, but how have they been listening to it, since Kanye made a point of not allowing fans to order a pre-release copy? "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino helpfully points us in the right direction with an Instagram photo showing his routine of gym, tan, Kanye.
Links to download Kanye's latest musical offering have sprung up all over the Internet, but few people are being as blatantly obvious about their music piracy as Guadagnino. He posted an Instagram photo to his account which seems to be an iPhone screenshot of him listening to a copy of "Yeezus" apparently downloaded from RapGodFathers.info, as the download information appears over the cover art. A visit to the site reveals that they have indeed been providing a download link for the album. Smooth move, Vinny. Piracy is one thing, but bragging about it is another.
The comments on the photo show that many viewers have come to the same conclusion, with one user remarking, "All the money u have and u download the leaked version lol. Thats how u stay rich @vinnyguadagnino," while another simply wrote, "DID U DOWNLOAD IT? Lol."
Hope Kanye isn't mad! However, it seems like the star is taking a more laid-back approach these days to the possibility of piracy, in direct contrast to the previous high-security setup of his older albums. West even allowed recording devices at the "Yeezus" listening party in NYC last weekend, telling guests, "I have this new strategy. It's called no strategy. This album is all about giving. This whole process is all about giving no f*cks at all."
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'Yo Taylor, I'm Really Happy For You, And I'mma Let You Finish...''
It was the VMA acceptance speech heard 'round the world -- and it wasn't even by the intended recipient. When Taylor Swift won the 2009 VMA for Best Female Video, it was only a matter of seconds before Kanye West jumped up on stage to declare Beyonce the real winner in his eyes.
'But Beyonce Had One Of The Best Videos Of All Time!'
The defeated look on Swift's face and Beyonce's embarrassed/confused reaction was all caught on live TV during the MTV telecast.
When producers booked Kanye as a celebrity guest for a Hurricane Katrina Relief telethon, they had no idea he would use the opportunity to diss President Bush. But he did, going so far as to say, "George Bush hates black people." In November 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush revealed in an NBC interview</a> that West's remark was the worst moment of his presidency.
Dissing The President
It's a cringe-worthy moment, for sure, but Mike Myer's on-camera uncomfortableness during West's tirade tops it all.
Kanye vs. Matt Lauer
In November 2010, West sat down with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" to discuss <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/02/george-bush-kanye-racist_n_777967.html" target="_hplink">Bush's reaction to his remarks during the Hurricane Katrina telethon</a>. While West carefully chose his words, he turned an ordinary interview into a quasi-feud with Lauer when he brought up his VMA outburst. "Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that s*** was cool to play the "MTV" clip when I was speaking about Bush?" <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/KanyeWest" target="_hplink">West tweeted</a>. West cancelled his "Today Show" performance after the fallout from the interview.
Kanye West was all smiles before the 2007 VMAs and appeared onstage with fellow rapper 50 Cent (above). But after being nominated for five Moon Men and walking away with empty-handed, West was quite vocal about his disappointment, reportedly yelling backstage that he would "<a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569313/kanye-west-hell-never-return-mtv-report.jhtml" target="_hplink">never return to MTV.</a>"
Caught On Tape
...And that backstage outburst was caught on tape. Yikes.
Not Helping The Cause
While performing at a 2005 Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, Kanye <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1922188_1922187_1923051,00.html" target="_hplink">reportedly referenced AIDS as a "man-made disease"</a> that was "placed in Africa just like crack was placed in the black community to break up the Black Panthers."
Blame It On The Alcohol
When Kanye lost the Best Video award to Justice at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he decided to voice his opinion on the matter. Instead of taking the news of his loss quietly, West jumped up on stage to spew a profanity-filled tirade about how his video for "Touch The Sky" should have won instead. West later blamed his outburst on booze. "I had a little sippy sippy," <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1544794/kanye-had-sippy-sippy-before-emas.jhtml" target="_hplink">he told MTV UK</a>, adding he planned to continue drinking after the show.