According to Kanye West, his relationship with the radio hasn’t been the same since the MTV VMA’s in 2009 when he stormed the stage because of what he thought was an underserved and misplaced award. During a chat with Charlamagne Tha God, Kanye dished on, not only the Taylor Swift incident but his life and mental state.
West admitted he had a breakdown previously, but re-characterized it in his mind as the “breakthrough.” The rapper admitted that the immense stress which comes with being on top of the rap game contributed to the deterioration of his wellbeing.
When prompted on what he believed was the cause for the mental anguish, Kanye explained that fear, competition, and stress were all contributing factors.
Following the success of Saint Pablo, Kanye said the cultural impact was immense, almost too much to bear. He began looking for other forms of stimulation, or rather, “frequencies” and “validation.”
He goes on to share that since the MTV VMA’s in 2009, it became nearly impossible to get his music back on to the radio.
As for what the implication is here, whether it was due to “racism,” or some other kind of discrimination is unclear. Some believe that Kanye’s popularity and reputation subsequently fell and that was the reason for not getting airplay.
Following the incident, Kanye included Swift in one of his songs, “Famous,” where he made a reference to the former country star and said, “I made that b*tch famous.”
After the song came out, Taylor was enraged and released a statement through her representative where she said she never agreed to the lyrics, but instead, agreed to another one while speaking on the phone with Ye and his wife, Kim Kardashian.
The singer went on to say that she would like to “be excluded” from that “narrative” because she never wanted to be a part of it, to begin with. However, as some have noted, perhaps it would’ve been better to not address it all.