A toast to the a**hole and d*****bag just in time for his new album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'
- Laura Schreffler, BettyConfidential.comHark - the Chosen One has returned! Or he's about to, anyway. On Nov. 22 the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" (taking over where Michael Jackson left off, apparently) is back with a brand new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Kanye is already trying to top his own game with his fifth studio album by releasing not one but FIVE interchangeable covers and a 35-minute film dedicated to the single, Runaway. Oh yeah, and he's still maintaining that Taylor Swift - alongside Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock and the Dixie Chicks, this time - didn't deserve Album of the Year at the Grammys.
But if he didn't cause this kind of drama, Kanye wouldn't be Kanye. Which is why we've taken it upon ourselves to unearth his seven most memorable moments of all time. Prepare yourself!
1.The Taylor Swift Diss
Let's get his most controversial and publicized moment out of the way, shall we? It's nearly impossible to forget that instant during the 2009 VMAs when Kanye bum rushed the stage after his pal, Beyonce Knowles, lost the Best Female Video award to country cutie Taylor Swift. However, much he may have robbed the then-19-year-old of her moment, he did directly contribute to giving her the biggest year of her career thus far - and the worst of his own!
2. "George Bush doesn't care about black people!"
Oh, snap! During a live benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 2, 2005, Kanye let the following gem drop: "George Bush doesn't care about black people!" Although the telethon producers quickly cut away from Kanye and panned to a visibly shocked Chris Tucker, his statement still made national television - and made him yet another enemy in the form of our former president, who called the televised diss "one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency."
3. Kanye Is Jesus?
It's no secret that Kanye thinks pretty highly of himself, so it should be unsurprising that he appeared on the January, 2006 cover of Rolling Stone magazine dressed as Jesus Christ himself, wearing a crown of thorns. The King of Pop, JC…what's next, Kanye? Calling yourself God? (He could always call himself Taylor Swift - we hear she's having a pretty good year, too!)
4. I'm a Winner, Dammit!
Kanye isn't used to not getting his way - and he is not a good loser. When his single "Touch the Sky" failed to earn him the Best Video trophy at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he jumped onstage (are you sensing a pattern here?) to argue his case - right in front of winners Justice and Simian. Cold!
5. The O.J. Simpson Debacle
Who but Kanye would champion an alleged killer and a convicted assaulter? While taping VH1's Storytellers concert in 2009, Kanye first defended his pal Chris Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, with, "Can't we give Chris a break?" He then let the following crazy comment fly, "O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?" Um, yeah…and Charles Manson is pretty freakin' cool too, while you're mentioning it!
6. Diamonds Are a Boys Best Friend
Who is more deserving of bling than JC/King of Pop/Kanye? No one! This is why Kanye showed off a brand new set of diamond choppers on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show on October 19th, announcing to the shocked hostess with the mostess, "I just thought that diamonds were cooler." Than what, 'ye? Teeth, presumably? A lot harder to eat with, you'll find!
7. His Comeback
Just one year after his metaphorical puppy kicking of Taylor Swift, Kanye is back with a vengeance. He's suffered for his sins and is prepared for a killer year with a buzzed-about new album and a new lease on life. His performance at the 2010 VMAs - he debuted his new single, "Runaway," as an apology to Ms. Swift - was flawless. "Let's have a toast for the a**holes/ Let's have a toast for the d*****bags/ Let's have a toast for the scumbags, every one of them that I know/ Let's have a toast for the jerk-offs that'll never take work off/Baby I gotta plan, run away as fast as you can," he sang. Nice way to stand up and acknowledge your behavior, Mr. West. Welcome back.
Laura Schreffler is a former Daily News columnist now responsible for bringing you your daily dose of love advice.To read more from BettyConfidential:
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