“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m [expletive] insane, like I’m Hitler,” he said on stage, according to the Associated Press as the audience booed. “One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”
West also defended his “Monster,” music video, which features girls hanging from their necks and cannibalism.
“Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women’s groups starting saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?” asked West, referring to the 2007 death of his mother Donda West.
West apologized for starting 30 minutes late, saying, “Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much [expletive] going on in music right now and somebody has to make a [expletive] difference,” he said.
West closed his show by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse. He spoke about meeting her during Paris fashion week, and played a few moments from her songs “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Back to Black.” He called her “beautiful” and “amazing.”
But West closed his show on a positive note by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse.
But then he added, “Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here. This is for [Alexander] McQueen, for Amy, for Michael and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?”
The crowd, which had booed him earlier, cheered and applauded.
This isn’t the first time the rapper has been met with boos. He was booed at a Chicago Bulls basketball game in February, at the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he stormed the stage to protest Taylor Swift beating out Beyonce.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.