Kanye West Calls Taylor Swift VMA Incident 'The Beginning of the End of My Life': Watch
"If I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's being said the rest of the time?"
When Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, it was a big deal all around. It was all over the news and everyone -- including President Barack Obama, who called West a jackass -- was talking about it.
But for West, it was even bigger than that. And at his first concert since releasing The Life of Pablo in Manila, Philippines, the hip-hop superstar went so far as to call it "the beginning of the end of my life."
West had just performed his Rihanna-featuring TLOP track "Famous" and credited the song for breaking his writer's block "because it's something that I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn't say."
The fallout after that fateful night was immense, including Lady Gaga canceling their co-headlining Fame Kills Tour, as West noted, "When I just said what everybody else was thinking."
He went on elaborating on the song's significance, to the audience's cheers, before performing it again.
"So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's being said the rest of the time?" he said. "And I had to fight every day for the rest of my life with the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt. But that's the job of the artist, of a true artist -- not to be controlled by their finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth."