HIGHLIGHT: Kanye West performed his greatest hits in Manila and talks largely about how an artist should be "controlled by their truth" in reference to his controversial stunts at the VMAs in 2009 and his latest track "Famous."
Taylor Swift's fan base in the Philippines is massive -but that does not mean Kanye West is a total taboo here.
In his performance at Manila's Paradise International Music Festival, Saturday, April 9 held at the Aseasn Open Grounds, fans went roaring for Yeezy as he sang hits from his latest album, The Life of Pablo.
He went to perform Famous, the song controversial for the lines "I feel like me and Taylor might have sex. I made that b*tch famous."
He said right after, "That night, when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day...So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's gonna be said the rest of the time? And I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt."
Back in 2009, Kanye landed news for interrupting Swift, the winner in Best Female Video of MTV Music Video Awards.
Kanye further said in his Manila speech, "But that's the job of an artist – of a true artist – not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth – what you see, what you feel, and say what you f**king feel."
He also made reference to legendary Nina Simone, an American singer-songwriter, famous for her songs "that drew upon her African-American origins."
Kanye said that Famous made him overcome writer's block after the VMA incident,
"I wanted you to know, the whole time, you know... In the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer's block to me – the song that I wanted to say so bad: that they told me I couldn't sing!"
Rapper Kanye West has 21 Grammy awards, making him one of the artists with most wins in history.