Reported audio of Kanye West angrily ranting backstage duringhis appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend has surfaced.
New York Post's Page Six reported that it has obtained audio of the rapper having a meltdown over part of his performance stage being ripped out.
“Look at that s--t they took my f--king stage off’a 'SNL' without asking me," the man reported to be West says in the audio. "I am bummed … If I am going to do this we are breaking the motherf--king Internet.”
He adds, "That and Taylor Swift fake a--."
At the time, Swift and West had been feuding over his mention of her in his new song, "Famous."
He later goes on a rampage about being "50% more influential" than several well-known people, such as iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, legendary artist Pablo Picasso, and Paul the Apostle.
“Are they f--king crazy? Whoa by 50% [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f--king Picasso and Escobar, By 50% more influential than any other human being. Don’t f--k with me. Don’t f--k with me. Don’t --k with me. By 50% dead or alive, by 50% for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick, ‘Ye.”
One of Page Six's sources said, "Right before he was about to go on live television they took his stage apart. Like any artist, he’s a perfectionist, and wanted his performance to be right. Of course he was upset.”
Business Insider reached out to West's representative for comment.
It has been a controversial couple of weeks for the rapper. The angry "SNL" tirade followed the listening party for his new album, "The Life of Pablo," and fashion show at Madison Square Garden last week during New York Fashion Week.
After "SNL," West tweeted that he's $53 million in debt and asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to invest a $1 billion into his ideas. He also released his new album on Tidal.
The rapper has apparently calmed down. He revealed a more humble side on Wednesday, saying "My No. 1 enemy has been my ego."