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Kanye-Swift VMA Debacle Resurfaces with Leaked Audio

Interesting timing. In the wake of this year’s announced MTV Video Music Award nominations, Gawker has released an audio file that allegedly secretly captured Kanye West ranting during an after-party following his stage rush of Taylor Swift during 2009’s VMA awards.

Lest you need reminding—which if you watch television, you probably don’t—West notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech on live television during the 2009 VMAs to declare that fellow nominee Beyoncé should have taken the award. He later offered multiple apologies for the outburst.

But if the audio is legit (which cannot be confirmed—it sounds like Kanye, but no official word that it is), Kanye West was most certainly not sorry later that night. In fact, he was apparently pissed, not just about Swift getting the award, but about a few other things.

The leaked rant seems to ramble, but here’s a bit of it: “I wrote my f**kin’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a f**kin’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake sh*t, I went back and rewrote my sh*t for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I f**kin’ care!…Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then!”

Kanye (if it is actually him) goes on to diss MTV, blames “this fame sh*t” for the death of his mother and rants that Pink performed two songs while West wasn’t asked to perform at all. “How the f**k Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform ‘Heartless.’ ‘Heartless’ is the biggest song of the year!”

Interestingly, Swift herself is up for two VMAs this year, and referenced the debacle tongue-in-cheek on Twitter this week: “Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;).”

Kanye himself recently recanted his apologies to Swift in an interview with the New York Times, claiming he made the apologies due to “peer pressure.”

Perhaps this is all just unfortunate (or fortunate) timing, but the truth is, publicity (especially controversial publicity) has a tendency to benefit everyone involved. Kanye has always thrived on negative attention, and Swift could use the sympathy vote right about now. Not to mention that MTV needs viewers, and considering the banality of last year’s ceremony, this reminder just gave viewers a fresh reason to tune in this year.

So regardless of whether this audio is legitimate, and regardless of who gets what award…looks like we have three winners. Just saying.

(Photo: Jason Persse/Flickr)

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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