Posted in TV | hiphop | music on November 11, 2010

by BBG

Kanye West & Matt Lauer

Kanye West recently responded on the Today show to George Bush's reaction to West's infamous "George Bush hates black people" tirade on national television in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. View his response below. And as Matt points out at the end of the video, Kanye is set to play a live show outside the Today Show, on the plaza, on November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving) (if he doesn't cancel).

UPDATE: he's cancelling

In happier news for Mr. West (whose recent stunts include rapping on a Delta flight), his new LP My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will hit store shelves on November 22nd (though yes, it has already leaked). Featuring appearances from Jay-Z, Raekwon, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and even Bon Iver, the 13 track LP comes with five different album covers.

Kanye isn't afraid to return the favor either, as he appears on Kid Cudi's spankin' new LP, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (out now) (NME gave it a 9/10, Rolling Stone gave it 2.5/5 stars, Pitchfork hasn't reviewed it yet though they did give Cee Lo's new one a 7.3 today). Kanye joins a list of collaborators that includes Cee-Lo Green (who plays a NYC show Saturday), Mary J. Blige, GLC, Cage and St. Vincent, the latter two of which appeared on his latest single "Maniac". Both Cage and St. Vincent appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Kid Cudi on 11/3, and you can check out video of that performance below too...

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Kanye West Responds to George Bush on the Today Show

Kid Cudi with Cage and St. Vincent - "Maniac" on Jimmy Fallon

Kanye West - Runaway (Full-length Film)

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Comments (42)

obama doesn't care about black people in haiti

Posted by real left | November 11, 2010 2:29 PM

KANYE IS THE SPECIAL GUEST AT HEINEKEN INSPIRE ENCORE NYC ON SATURDAY, SSHHHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 2:35 PM

matt lauer sux

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 2:41 PM

Please go way Kayne West, you suck major balls

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 2:48 PM

America doesn't care about Kanye West anymore. Now begone!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 2:48 PM

all of them are racists. they don't give a FUCK about anyone from iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, or palestine.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:00 PM

New cd is incredible

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:01 PM

^ dude, c'mon, we're not here to talk about his music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:05 PM

I hate how They look with guitars

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:10 PM

Kanye may be fucked up in so many ways, but he is also one of the most talented artists working in music today. He's here to stay. If you can't get past his shortcomings and appreciate the music, just don't listen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:14 PM

fuck kanye

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:23 PM

Kanye has a tiny penis.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:28 PM

Kanye's a tool!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:37 PM

Just Man Up Kanye, you screewed up, be sorry. But then again, I don't think you have it in you....that is; being a man.

Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:38 PM

His penis will grow if he mans up as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:41 PM

i'm not a hater, i just really don't like him or his music. and i like a lot of music. sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:42 PM

who gives a shit

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 3:45 PM

just waiting for the today show summer concert series announcement

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 4:04 PM

What’s the difference between Mat Lauer and Barbra Walters?
One is a Fudy dudy old shill that tries to get people to blubber and cry on camera.
The other is Barbra Walters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 4:13 PM

kanye is fucking soft. he should have said what he really felt instead of being all afraid on national tv. bush is a fucking racist and Kanye still and always thinks he is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 4:15 PM

kanye is soft like conditioned pubes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 4:19 PM

Never understood the appeal of Kanye. And that's coming from someone who grew up on a steady diet of rap. He just has a very irritating voice, to me. Just all around annoying.

With that said, he should just shut his piehole and make music.

Posted by Cuse | November 11, 2010 4:59 PM

George Bush hates White people.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 6:45 PM

bush would clean his glasses on kanye's coat jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 7:33 PM

bush will be a guest artist on kanye's next cd.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 7:34 PM

@3:14 yeah hes awesome if youre 16 years old

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 7:48 PM

kayne west is a racist.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 7:57 PM

KW is a bigger Douche than G Bush. and GB is a REALLY big douche.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 8:59 PM

Yeah but at the end of the day Kayne is basically harmless... he's an entertainer... they are sometimes flaky, sometimes douchy etc...
They aren't THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD !!

Bush may be one of the dumbest elected official (on any level) in the history of the world..

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 9:06 PM

sweet, gonna make sure to get all 5 LP album covers!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 9:09 PM

Check out what REALLY happened on Kanye's plane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18AhBTIRCo

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 9:25 PM

Kanye IS this generation...hope I die soon

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 10:51 PM

fuck George Bush. c'mon really? all the fucked up shit he did during his presidency to drive this country into the perpetual black hole we're stuck in today, and some off-remark accusation from a ding-dong rapper about him being a racist is the low point of his entire 8 years?!?! give me a break. how about the way he handled Katrina to begin with? or the fact that Katrina took place on his watch? or 9/11? Jesus, Bush can go fuck himself... and Kanye needs to quit taking himself so goddamn seriously... assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 11:48 PM

Hilarious comments. Kanye's an artist, who gives a fuck about his reaction to being treated like a dick on network television for one comment he made. I think he held back, so well done. Matt L's a REAL jackass, but hey, he's gotta work too I guess....

Go listen to/make some music... This is all garbage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfcHq0hhFWg

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 12:59 AM

Bush is a scum loser with his mom from elite east coast family ties who shoved her miscarried fetus in his face as a kid. Way to airlift people out of Katrina bush a man who has no self reflection at all. But your the decider right?

Matt Lauer you corporate whore were told to bring that up to Kayne and put words in his mouth about apologizing to king Shrub, then bring up that barn yard inbred twig taylor swift.

Kayne handled himself pretty well I'd say with all that nonsense coming at him when he just wanted to better articulate what he meant about that awol bush coward and his 5 deferments to avoid Vietnam service vice president Cheney.
Oh and thanks for saving four million to build the BP deep water horizon oil rig improperly there Cheney under Halliburtons supervision.

Dont suppose you will bother paying back China there bush for the money you needed for Iraq either Im sure which was great for the U.S. debt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 1:40 AM

bush gave orders that resulted in 100,000's of deaths. how many people has kanye killed?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 1:45 PM

If you look at the amount of tax money Kanye has contributed to America, then he has killed just as many.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 1:54 PM

Kanye is not the special guest at the Heineken Encore event this weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 4:41 PM

i dont like kanye west and thought he was an idiot when he made the bush doesnt like black people remark. but that's the worst thing that happened in bush's presidency? worse than all the wars and terrorism and deaths. that comment was worse than the actual deaths of people in New Orleans? really? try to maintain some perspective there bush.

and kanye was boxed in during this interview. lauer kept badgering on. ("look at his face. what would you say"). jeez, as if kanye killed bush's son or raped his daughter or something. people say things; get over it.

and it is weird that while kanye was talking they played the audio from the mtv thing. i know lauer said its common, but its weird. im surprised no guest mentioned it before.

so, no, i dont like kanye. but he's right in this case. and i can't believe i just said that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 5:25 PM

I agree with 5:25. Lauer is a manipulative d-bag. It's true, video is commonly played during interviews, but not something that would make the guest feel uncomfortable/upset/ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 5:47 PM

You can sell people anything. Kanye is corny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2010 12:05 PM

The Delta flight stuff was fun.

Posted by 2010 Taxes | November 15, 2010 5:09 PM

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