Having succeeded in alienating an entire crowd on July 4, Kayne West’s second headline show at London’s Wireless festival once again saw the rapper deliver an impassioned monologue against the paparazzi and media intrusion. Much like the night before, the audience response consisted of a mixture of jeers, cheering and casual indifference.
The performance marked West’s second night headlining the Finsbury Park, London event after Drake was forced to cancel his Saturday night set due to illness. Stepping into the breach, West performed brief versions of three Drake songs, “Headlines,” “We Made It” and “All Me,” during his hit-filled, 20-song set, which opened with “Black Skinhead.” and featured renditions of “Stronger,” “Runaway,” “New Slaves” and “Bound 2,” among others.
It was, however, the rapper’s second lengthy rant in as many days that inevitably stole the headlines.
“The media paint me as if I’m some sort of villain or like I’ve got a bad bone in my body. I’m really more of a porcupine or a blowfish. And the photos they always take is when that blowfish is blown up or when that porcupine is defending itself from the lies and the control and the manipulation that you deal with if you are an artist. Sometimes my only response is to go ‘Aaargh!'” West told the audience during a meandering, impassioned 20-minute monologue that saw him sound off about media intrusion, compare himself to Britney Spears and equated being photographed by the paparazzi to rape.
“Everybody out here likes sex, right?,” he asked the crowd. “Sex is great with you and your partner. But if one of the people don’t want to do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That’s called violation,” West went on to say.
Watch the speech below.